A Streetcar Named Desire at the Covedale Theatre / Photo by Mikki Schaffner

REVIEW: A Streetcar Named Desire

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE was first produced in 1947; you would naturally think a show over 50 years old might feel antiquated and outdated.  Put it in the notoriously nostalgic Covedale Theatre and you might wonder if the show could overcome its natural obstacles.  Could “Streetcar” possibly work on the west side of Cincinnati in 2014? In the…

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REVIEW: The Riverside

  THE RIVERSIDE has been on my must-see list since it was first announced last year as part of the Clifton Players season.  Things didn’t materialize until now and this Kevin Crowley play has opened the 2014-2015 schedule, to a sold out audience on Opening Night.  The Players have really gained momentum since their first…

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REVIEW: Miracle on South Division Street

Plays about religion sometimes make me nervous.  Growing up in a religious family, attending what was then called Cincinnati Bible College, and embracing Christian principles in my personal life sometimes makes shows about those themes uncomfortable when they’re not handled respectfully.  Fortunately, MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET is respectful while being uproariously funny.  It’s not…

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REVIEW: Serials!

One of the most audacious ideas that Know Theatre has introduced this year (in addition to giving away free theatre on Wednesday nights) is their summer episodic series of plays – all done in 15 minute increments – called SERIALS!  Six different playwrights all hammered out bi-weekly installments of their show and delivered it to…

Maya Farhat is superb in "The Last Five Years"

REVIEW: The Last Five Years

Xavier University has been in session just a handful of days and already they have produced their first show of the 2014-2015 season.  Director Stephen Skiles sat down with me a couple weeks ago and discussed the lineup on a podcast that can be heard here.  We talked briefly about THE LAST FIVE YEARS that…

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REVIEW: The Great Gatsby

I have never read the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald nor have I seen the recent movie adaptation. In fact, I knew nothing of the story of THE GREAT GATSBY before attending the sold out performance of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s latest production tonight. What a story it is! We meet “Nick Carraway,” played with refreshingly…

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REVIEW: Rent

Dare to Defy Productions is an ambitious new production company in Dayton who (according to the curtain speech) exists to “develop local talent” and provide an array of professional entertainment services to the region.  They’ve produced a handful of shows this year already but have upped the ante with RENT.  Not only is it one…

Company of HANDS ON A HARDBODY / Photos by Ryan Kurtz

REVIEW: Hands on a Hardbody

If you know anything about theatre in Cincinnati, you’ve been hearing about HANDS ON A HARDBODY. There are posters everywhere for it; the catchy title and intriguing premise (10 people stand in the hot sun, holding on to a truck, hoping to be the last one standing in order to take it home) have caused…