Lawson Young is inspired as "Elle Woods" / Photo by Aaron Bridgman

REVIEW: Legally Blonde

I’ve seen five different productions of LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL.  I love the show; its fun, its well written and smart, and you can’t help but leave feeling just a little lighter.  It’s what modern musical theatre should be.  And in the hands of the capable folks at UC’s famed College-Conservatory of Music it is…

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REVIEW: Godspell

There’s something jubilant about GODSPELL playing through next weekend at Xavier University.  It won’t go down as the greatest theatrical production of the year (or even the week) but I didn’t expect it that.  Instead, I hoped for a well told story and some enthusiastic young talent. That’s exactly what I got. Based on the…

Nick Rose and Sherman Fracher / Photo by Mikki Schaffner

REVIEW: The Birds

I am truly terrified of birds.  I know its a ridiculous phobia and it doesn’t cause me any functional impairments, really, so I just live with it.  But ever since I used to mow the pasture fields on the open-air antique tractors and they would dive bomb to feed off the bugs I was stirring…

Dylan Shelton and Carol Brammer

REVIEW: The Monkey’s Paw

Kevin Crowley has a dark perspective. Each of the pieces that he’s written that I’ve had the privilege of seeing produced have been bleak, complex, and a little depressing. But yet, somewhere in there he finds some light. In SARGE, he manages to take a woman who most people would despise because of what her…

Christine Dye in SARGE plays one more time tonight at 404 Ludlow Avenue

REVIEW: Sarge

I saw SARGE at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival last June and I was too emotional to write a proper review.  I won’t go into all the personal reasons why this show touched me so, but I can tell you that Christine Dye’s performance of a woman so steeped in denial – and loyalty – that…

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REVIEW: The Woman in Black

  Falcon Theatre, a place I’ve spent some time acting in, opened THE WOMAN IN BLACK this weekend. The show will run Fridays and Saturdays for three weeks.  If you’re looking for a Halloween activity that the family can appropriately enjoy, this may be it.  I saw the show in its final dress rehearsal and I suspect the…

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REVIEW: An Iliad

And then, from that day on, I’ll turn the tide of war: back the fighting goes, no stopping it, ever. – Homer I need to be honest; the last thing on my to do list was to ever have anything to do with Homer again.  I read (sort of) The Odyssey in 9th grade and The Iliad…