Cincinnati Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company BWW Review: THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
by Laura A. Hobson - November 19, 2017

A Cincinnati theater known for its excellent production of Shakespeare plays continues to broaden its scope and include plays designed to attract a wider audience. THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER fits the bill for families during the holidays.... (more...)
BWW Review: STRONG DIRECTION MAKES AUDIENCES BELIEVE IN FINDING NEVERLAND at Cincinnati Aronoff Center For The Arts BWW Review: STRONG DIRECTION MAKES AUDIENCES BELIEVE IN FINDING NEVERLAND at Cincinnati Aronoff Center For The Arts
by Abby Rowold - November 14, 2017

Cincinnati's Aronoff Center for the Arts has curated a season that should work like a charm, bringing in literal busloads of the next generation of theatre lovers. Shows like WICKED, the upcoming A CHRISTMAS STORY, SCHOOL OF ROCK, ALADDIN, and the currently playing FINDING NEVERLAND, all draw the 65... (more...)
BWW Review: DRACULA IS MORE THAN JUST SCARY-GOOD FUN at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company BWW Review: DRACULA IS MORE THAN JUST SCARY-GOOD FUN at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
by Abby Rowold - October 18, 2017

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company had all of the fixings for a good scary-fun time at their opening of Steven Dietz's adaptation of Dracula on Friday, October 13.... (more...)
BWW Review: CINCINNATI'S MUSIC HALL RENOVATION BWW Review: CINCINNATI'S MUSIC HALL RENOVATION
by Laura A. Hobson - October 04, 2017

Cincinnati's grand dame, Music Hall, is getting a $143 million facelift.... (more...)
BWW Review: One Woman Creates Many Voices in MR. JOY at Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park BWW Review: One Woman Creates Many Voices in MR. JOY at Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park
by Abby Rowold - October 01, 2017

Here's what we know about Mr. Joy. He was Chinese, really nice, and very good at fixing shoes. He was someone who would take you under his wing, hug you if you cried, and would never betray you even if you had hurt him very badly. He was someone who created, well, joy. You may think to yourself, He... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MIRACLE WORKER at Cincinnati's Covedale Theatre for the Performing Arts BWW Review: THE MIRACLE WORKER at Cincinnati's Covedale Theatre for the Performing Arts
by Laura A. Hobson - September 27, 2017

What meaning has a production whose roots are over 100 years old? See THE MIRACLE WORKER at Covedale's Theatre for the Performing Arts.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ARSONISTS at KNOW THEATRE OF CINCINNATI PACKS A STRONG PUNCH BWW Review: THE ARSONISTS at KNOW THEATRE OF CINCINNATI PACKS A STRONG PUNCH
by Laura A. Hobson - September 25, 2017

Know Theatre of Cincinnati presents The Arsonists, a play by award-winning playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger. A father and daughter struggle in their relationship in a production based loosely on the Greek tragedy of Electra.... (more...)
BWW Review: WICKED Enchants Crowds at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati BWW Review: WICKED Enchants Crowds at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati
by Abby Rowold - September 17, 2017

Fourteen years after it premiered on Broadway, WICKED was shockingly timely and far more substantive that I was expecting. And, it was bizarre how much it seemed to reflect certain current events.... (more...)
BWW Review: CHILDREN'S THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2017 - 2018 SEASON at The Children's Theatre Of Cincinnati BWW Review: CHILDREN'S THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2017 - 2018 SEASON at The Children's Theatre Of Cincinnati
by Laura A. Hobson - July 27, 2017

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati celebrates 93 years with six productions. Read the article to learn more.... (more...)
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...)