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BWW Review: BLOOMSDAY makes Regional Premiere at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati BWW Review: BLOOMSDAY makes Regional Premiere at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
by Abby Rowold - April 09, 2017

BLOOMSDAY, by Steven Dietz, enjoying a regional premiere through April 23rd at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, centers around a missed love connection between a 20-year-old American tourist, Robbie, and a 20-year-old Irish tour guide, Caithleen.... (more...)
BWW Review: World Premiere: Jen Silverman's ALL THE ROADS HOME at Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park BWW Review: World Premiere: Jen Silverman's ALL THE ROADS HOME at Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park
by Abby Rowold - April 05, 2017

ALL THE ROADS HOME, making its world premiere at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, captures perfectly that intangible (yet excruciatingly real) moment when you realize your dream has completely passed you by.... (more...)
BWW Review: Audience Captivated by THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY, at Aronoff Center Cincinnati BWW Review: Audience Captivated by THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY, at Aronoff Center Cincinnati
by Abby Rowold - March 24, 2017

Full of bombast, flashing lights, music, and spectacle, The Illusionists provides eye-popping feats performed by seven different magicians.... (more...)
BWW Review: A Thought Provoking Adaptation: JANE EYRE at Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park BWW Review: A Thought Provoking Adaptation: JANE EYRE at Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park
by Abby Rowold - March 21, 2017

Refreshing and cleverly staged by K.J. Sanchez, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park's production of Jane Eyre, adapted by Polly Teale runs through April 8th.... (more...)
BWW Review: HEAVIER THAN at Know Theatre Reflects Greek Mythology Darkly BWW Review: HEAVIER THAN at Know Theatre Reflects Greek Mythology Darkly
by Laura Hobson - March 13, 2017

Go back in time to see a Greek version of the minotaur in the labryinth joined by Icacurus and a chorus of fates in the play Heavier Than ... by Stephen Yockey at the Know Theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: Feminism's Past and Present Explored in WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati BWW Review: Feminism's Past and Present Explored in WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati
by Abby Rowold - February 27, 2017

Second-wave feminism has been rising for a decade, and Roe vs. Wade is about to be decided. In When We Were Young and Unafraid, stage and television writer Sarah Treem introduces us to four women from different generations and backgrounds, and sets out to make the audience decide: Who is the feminis... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Aronoff Center For The Arts BWW Reviews: THE BOOK OF MORMON at Aronoff Center For The Arts
by Kate Elliott - April 01, 2016

A booming voice narrates a seemingly ridiculous fable to a lively pantomime. Blinding smiles of eager missionaries vigorously ring doorbells and sing 'Hello.' Sharp choreography and multiple vocal parts layer in an energetic and infectious opening number. It takes just ten minutes of the THE BOOK OF... (more...)
BWW Review: NEWSIES at Aronoff Never Stops Moving for Better or Worse BWW Review: NEWSIES at Aronoff Never Stops Moving for Better or Worse
by Kate Elliott - March 05, 2016

Disney's NEWSIES is a high-energy powerhouse of dancing, gymnastics, and rafter-raising singing. If you have ever enjoyed a Disney film in which a ragtag group of underdogs overpower 'the establishment,' then you'll know exactly what to expect from this storyline -- but that doesn't mean you won't b... (more...)
BWW Reviews: IF/THEN at Aronoff features great talent, but loses its way BWW Reviews: IF/THEN at Aronoff features great talent, but loses its way
by Kate Elliott - February 04, 2016

IF/THEN begins well enough with a compelling musical number. The song 'What If?' weaves a tapestry of tight harmonies and interesting staging. It immediately establishes the premise: a woman paralyzed by the song's title question proceeds to live out two possible life paths for the audience. Think '... (more...)
BWW Review: Seeing IF/THEN is a Choice Cincinnati Should Make BWW Review: Seeing IF/THEN is a Choice Cincinnati Should Make
by Kelly Thompson - February 03, 2016

If/Then, just by the way it is written, will always be about if the woman playing Elizabeth/Liz/Beth is on or not.  While the show was on Broadway Elizabeth was played by Idina Menzel so obviously people will always want to compare.  I for one, am not going to do that because Jackie Burns was too am... (more...)
BWW Review: PRELUDE TO A KISS at Falcon Theatre a 'Sweet Serenade to Soulmates' BWW Review: PRELUDE TO A KISS at Falcon Theatre a 'Sweet Serenade to Soulmates'
by Kate Elliott - February 01, 2016

BWW Review: PRELUDE TO A KISS at Falcon Theatre a 'sweet serenade'... (more...)
BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Dances into Cincinnati's Heart BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Dances into Cincinnati's Heart
by Kelly Thompson - January 25, 2016

There isn't much to say about Kinky Boots that hasn't already been said about it.  Kinky Boots is a great musical.  It has to be one of the best musicals to come through Cincinnati in some time.  It's a fun, toe-tapping, emotional roller coaster and every second is enjoyable.  It can be assumed that... (more...)
BWW Review: PIPPIN is an Average Circus BWW Review: PIPPIN is an Average Circus
by Kelly Thompson - October 15, 2015

Pippin brings the audience into a traveling circus who are performing a tale of Pippen a prince of a land who is struggling with finding himself. Pippen believes he is extraordinary and wants an extraordinary life but find out that an ordinary life may actually be the thing he has been looking for. ... (more...)
BWW Review: Cincinnati's SECRET GARDEN Delights BWW Review: Cincinnati's SECRET GARDEN Delights
by Jessica Dennett - September 24, 2015

I was shocked and then realized I was behind the eight ball when hearing that Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park would open its season with a musical interpretation of The Secret Garden. Shocked because I somehow missed that my beloved girlhood book and movie had been turned into a musical. Albeit t... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Alice Brings Wonderland To Cincinnati BWW Reviews: Alice Brings Wonderland To Cincinnati
by Jessica Dennett - March 06, 2015

Not just a ballet but also an adventure into a mystical world full of wonder, no pun intended. Cincinnati's Ballet Company took on a behemoth of a story bringing alive the magical world of Wonderland as we followed Alice through her dream. As phenomenal as the dancers were, the true accolades go to ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Cincinnati Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER is a Sweet Treat BWW Reviews: Cincinnati Ballet's THE NUTCRACKER is a Sweet Treat
by Jessica Dennett - January 02, 2015

Brand new and completely unique to Cincinnati was the decision to have the ballet open in the Kitchen. I found the scene to be inventive and whimsical and the focus on the food made the intrusion of the mice more practical during Clara's dream. I loved that the big blue cake made during the opening ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: ROSEMARY CLOONEY is Back! BWW Reviews: ROSEMARY CLOONEY is Back!
by Jessica Dennett - December 04, 2014

Playhouse in the Park brings the 'Girl Singer' home this holiday season with Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical. The show takes the audience on a journey from 'Rosie's' childhood to fame, to mental breakdown, to her comeback career; all through therapy sessions during which we are regaled with s... (more...)
BWW Reviews: A COMEDY OF ERRORS is a Hit BWW Reviews: A COMEDY OF ERRORS is a Hit
by Kelly Thompson - December 02, 2014

The Cincinnati Shakespeare production of A Comedy of Errors was a delightful show. I find that Cincy Shakes really excels at comedies and they had all their strong comedic actors in this one and their presence was very much felt. A Comedy of Errors is about 2 sets of twins that were separated and ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI is Steaming Good BWW Reviews: I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI is Steaming Good
by Kelly Thompson - October 16, 2014

I'm normally not a fan of an one person shows because what I love about theater is the interaction between multiple actors and the emotions that can come from that. However, I Love, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti has made me rethink my previous thought. This was an engaging, fun and interesting one pers... (more...)
BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING is an Off-Beat Production BWW Reviews: DIRTY DANCING is an Off-Beat Production
by Kelly Thompson - September 29, 2014

Dirty Dancing is now playing at the Aronoff and if I had to simply sum up my thoughts on the production I would say this: This show has a major identity crisis going on.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SHERLOCK Drops Some Knowledge on Cincinnati BWW Reviews: SHERLOCK Drops Some Knowledge on Cincinnati
by Kelly Thompson - September 18, 2014

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park started their new season off with Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club. The Playhouse started this new season exactly like last season ended, pretty great. Sherlock is a great way to start a season; not only was is thoroughly enjoyable but the cast... (more...)
BWW Reviews: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in Cincinnati BWW Reviews: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in Cincinnati
by Kelly Thompson - May 14, 2014

Phantom is consistent and apparently is a show that parents or grandparents want to experience with their children. My second question was am I going to enjoy the show after having already seen it once on stage and the movie (which has to be the most literal stage to screen translation ever) multip... (more...)
BWW Reviews: PRIDE & PREJUDICE in Cincinnati BWW Reviews: PRIDE & PREJUDICE in Cincinnati
by Kelly Thompson - March 27, 2014

Playhouse is the Park is putting on their production of Pride & Prejudice. Pride & Prejudice has been performed and made into movies multiple times so critiquing the play itself is kind of pointless because most of us have made up our minds already on whether we like it or not. I happen to think i... (more...)
BWW Reviews: WICKED Flies Into Cincinnati BWW Reviews: WICKED Flies Into Cincinnati
by Kelly Thompson - March 07, 2014

I've seen Wicked multiple times (a few more times and I will be in double digits) and every single time, I enjoy myself. That proves how powerful this musical has become and how its themes will always be relevant. But what can make or break any performance, no matter how many times you see it, are... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SUPERHEROES! Soars Through Cincinnati BWW Reviews: SUPERHEROES! Soars Through Cincinnati
by Jessica Dennett - March 04, 2014

The Cincinnati POPS Orchestra, under the direction of John Morris Russell, has recorded SUPERHEROES a new and incredibly fun CD. Along with the POPS the CD showcases the talents of the May Festival Youth Chorus, the CCM Musical Theatre Department, Julie Spangler, and even Adam West who played the 3... (more...)