Cincinnati Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: SONG FROM THE UPROAR a co-production by concert:nova and Cincinnati Opera makes history BWW Review: SONG FROM THE UPROAR a co-production by concert:nova and Cincinnati Opera makes history
by Abby Rowold - July 23, 2017

Concert:nova has certainly taken opera in Cincinnati to a new place since 'Song from the Uproar' is the first opera in Cincinnati Opera's 97-year history that was composed by a woman.... (more...)
BWW Review: DIE ZAUBERFLOTE (THE MAGIC FLUTE) is a FEAST FOR THE EYES AND EARS at The Aronoff Center BWW Review: DIE ZAUBERFLOTE (THE MAGIC FLUTE) is a FEAST FOR THE EYES AND EARS at The Aronoff Center
by Abby Rowold - July 18, 2017

The concept, a collaboration between Komische Oper Berlin and London-based performance group 1927, (Suzanne Andrade and Paul Barritt), was utterly unique, and Cincinnati Opera's production values were top notch.... (more...)
BWW Review: DAMN YANKEES Is a Home Run at Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre in Cincinnati BWW Review: DAMN YANKEES Is a Home Run at Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre in Cincinnati
by Laura A. Hobson - May 26, 2017

Local Cincinnati theater produces DAMN YANKEES, a Tony award winning musical. In a variation of the legend of Faust, Mr. Applegate (the devil) offers middle-aged Joe Boyd the opportunity to become young Joe Hardy, a baseball player, and win the World Series against the New York Yankees.... (more...)
BWW Review: Cirque Du Soleil's OVO, at U.S. Bank Arena, Delights Cincinnati with Whimsy and Astonishing Acrobatics BWW Review: Cirque Du Soleil's OVO, at U.S. Bank Arena, Delights Cincinnati with Whimsy and Astonishing Acrobatics
by Abby Rowold - May 13, 2017

Cirque du Soleil has a reputation for whimsy and for astonishing feats of acrobatics. Its latest touring show, Ovo, which plays at Cincinnati's U.S. Bank Arena through Sunday night, delivers on both counts.... (more...)
BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, Sparkles at Aronoff Center BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, Sparkles at Aronoff Center
by Abby Rowold - May 04, 2017

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, playing at The Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati through May 14th, is as well-constructed and entertaining as any of Ms. King's many hit tunes.  And if Tuesday night's audience is any indication, it appeals to super-fans, casual-fans and to men and women o... (more...)
BWW Review: THE TEMPEST at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Reveals A Storm in the Making BWW Review: THE TEMPEST at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Reveals A Storm in the Making
by Laura Hobson - May 02, 2017

For its final performances at 719 Race St., Cincinnati Shakespeare Company chose William Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST, one of the last plays the playwright penned alone in 1610-11. Leading the cast is founding company member Nicholas Rose as magician Prospero who has landed on an island with his youn... (more...)
BWW Review: THE TEMPEST At Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Brews A Storm BWW Review: THE TEMPEST At Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Brews A Storm
by Laura Hobson - April 30, 2017

For its final performances at 719 Race St., Cincinnati Shakespeare Company chose William Shakespeare's The Tempest, one of the last plays the playwright penned alone in 1610-11,  Considered one of Shakespeare's greatest works.  Leading the cast is founding company member Nicholas Rose as magician Pr... (more...)
BWW Review: World Premiere of Kara Lee Corthron's LISTEN FOR THE LIGHT at Know Theatre Of Cincinnati BWW Review: World Premiere of Kara Lee Corthron's LISTEN FOR THE LIGHT at Know Theatre Of Cincinnati
by Abby Rowold - April 26, 2017

Kara Lee Corthron, playwright, novelist, and winner of multiple awards, has written a play that is teeming with too many ideas, but is also brimming with a ton of potential.... (more...)
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...)