Jill Siekman has loved theatre ever since she saw a regional production of Fiddler on the Roof at the age of nine. Working in a public library by day, she supplements her free time with reading, music, and seeing as many shows as possible. Jill enjoys living in the Cincinnati area, a place with enough great theatre that it almost makes up for not living in New York City.
Waiting for the lights to dim, I heard a few mumbles of "there's a lot of bad language in this show," "does it bother you?" and even "I've heard some people walk out!" If the standing ovation as bows had barely begun at the end of the show were any indication, not many, if any, walked out and everyone loved the show.BWW Reviews: WAR HORSE Mesmerizes Cincinnati April 1, 2013
Despite Tony Award wins for its soaring score and riveting script in 1999, the theatrical telling of the Leo Frank story is one rarely produced, requiring a large and talented cast and recounting a real American tragedy many would rather forget. That will change this April.BWW Reviews: BLUE MAN GROUP Amazes Cincinnati October 22, 2012
The critically acclaimed rock musical Next to Normal is hitting the stage at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati for a second run now through July 1st. And what's even better than a second run? That would be a second run with almost the same cast as the last run at ETC.Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks - Cincinnati! June 7, 2012
Andrew Jackson is currently presiding over the Know Theatre in a raucous, rocking musical now through May 12th. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson tells the story of Jackson's life, starting with his young life and continues through his bid for presidency and his subsequent controversial term. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson examines the attraction and terrors of American populism through the story of the man who invented the Democratic Party, doubled the size of our nation, and signed the Indian Removal Act that started the Trail of Tears. BWW Reviews: COLLAPSE at the Know Theatre February 10, 2012
What happens when the world feels like it's collapsing around you and you have no control? The characters in the new play, Collapse by Allison Moore, attempt to make some sense out of their serious issues, yet with a uniquely comedic twist.2011 BWW Cincinnati Awards Voting Is Now Open! November 9, 2011
The nominations are in and voting is open for the 2011 BWW: Cincinnati awards! Help us celebrate Cincinnati's amazing year by casting your vote for your favorite actor, show, theater and more!
Voting closes December 31st and the winners will be announced after the new year. Good luck to all of the nominees!BWW Reviews: WICKED Flies Into Cincinnati - Fantabulous! November 7, 2011
'Wicked' has made its much-anticipated return to Cincinnati and it's as 'Ozmopolitan' as it was the last time it came to town. Recently named the 'best musical of the decade' by Entertainment Weekly, 'Wicked' tells the pre-story to the Wizard of Oz, before Dorothy 'dropped in.'BWW Reviews: GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES - Altogether Intriguing October 18, 2011
A three-show series as the Cincinnati Pops 2010 season opener at Music Hall doesn't seem to be enough for Cincinnatians. Idina Menzel is returning Saturday, June 25th to open another Cincinnati Pops season, only this time it's the summer concert season at the Riverbend Music Center. BWW Reviews: SHREK THE MUSICAL in Cincinnati April 21, 2011
Now through May 7th, there's a big, scary dragon occupying the Know Theatre and he's quite the dictator.
Know Theatre is once again pushing the boundaries and going further 'left of off Broadway' as their tag line states with their current production of The Dragon, a 1943 play by Russian playwright Eugene Schwartz. A modern day political fairytale, The Dragon tells the story of a small village oppressed by the beast in a way that they do not question the strict rules even though they're unhappy. Lancelot rides into town just in time to save the Dragon's young bride, Elsa from her marriage and impending death. But what happens after the dragon is slain? The same thing that happens after any dictator is gone: you have to continue to slay more dragons, only in different forms.BWW Reviews: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in Cincinnati February 21, 2011
Now through February 27th, the Aronoff Center is paying homage to tradition with the national tour of Fiddler on the Roof.