Reviews

In my reviews, I am commenting on what I see from my seat in the audience. It is not a matter of right or wrong, but my personal reaction to what takes place on stage.  -Rob

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Jim Hopkins as President Lyndon B. Johnson in ALL THE WAY. Photo by Mikki Schaffner Photography.

Running 2019-2020 Season Productions

  • ALL THE WAY presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company – 5/5
  • AMERICUS presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park – 4.5/5
  • BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park – 4.5/5
  • FORTUNE presented by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati – 4.5/5
  • LES MISERABLES presented by Broadway in Cincinnati – 4.25/5

Closed 2019-2020 Season Productions

  • 2 PIANOS, 4 HANDS presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park – 4.5/5
  • THE 39 STEPS presented by Falcon Theatre – 4.25/5
    A solid, funny and versatile four-person ensemble brings this British thriller to madcap life on stage. Shout out to the hard working stage crew who help keep the action flowing. A laugh out loud, comic misadventure.
  • 42ND STREET presented by UC College-Conservatory of Music – 4.75/5
  • THE ABSENTEE presented by Know Theatre of Cincinnati – 5.0/5
    A strong, quirky, and engaging play with several “wow, I did not see that coming” moments, a great set design that cleverly meets the demands of the script, and a solid four person ensemble. A much needed perspective that is surprisingly hopeful.
  • THE AFRICAN COMPANY PRESENTS RICHARD III presented by Northern Kentucky University – 4.25/5
    A unique production, based on a true story and accented with percussion and puppetry, the cast is smartly led by Isaiah-Mikel Reaves as William Henry Brown, a free black American who founded the African Grove Theatre Company in the early 1800s.
  • ALIAS GRACE presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park – 4.5/5
    A completely engaging and beautifully staged production of Margaret Atwood’s ALIAS GRACE. Caroline Hewitt (Grace Marks) and Grant Goodman (Simon Jordan) lead a strong ensemble as the mystery, of a shocking double murder 15 years prior, unfolds before our eyes.
  • Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT presented by The Carnegie – 4.5/5
  • AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company – 4.75/5
    An entertaining production powered by a stellar ensemble. Words and fists fly as this train wreck of a family unite due to a family emergency. 
  • BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY presented by Falcon Theatre – 4.25/5
  • THE CAKE presented by Human Race Theatre Company – 4.25/5
  • A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati – 4.25/5
  • CHICAGO presented by Xavier University Theatre – 4.25/5
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park – 4.75/5
    I was not able to properly review Opening Night due to a technical difficulties. Get the lowdown in this CityBeat article.
  • COME FROM AWAY presented by Broadway in Cincinnati – 5.0/5
    COME FROM AWAY is an amazing piece of theatre. For 1 hour and 40 minutes, 12 incredibly talented and versatile performers, in more than 40 roles, recount five days where tragedy was met with empathy, compassion and generosity. At the show’s end, the audience’s immediate standing ovation was heartfelt and well-deserved.
  • THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME presented by Xavier University Theatre – 4.75/5
    The intimate setting, Tetris-inspired set and intricate lighting design served the production well. The entire ensemble shows great focus and character work throughout. Strong performances by the four leads.
  • Disney’s FREAKY FRIDAY presented by Northern Kentucky University – 4.75/5
  • THE FROG PRINCESS presented by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati – 4.5/5
  • FUN HOME presented by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati – 5.0/5
    A wonderful production featuring a stellar ensemble. Charlie Clark and Sara Mackie turn in some of their best work to date. I cried through the last five numbers.
  • GIRL IN THE RED CORNER presented by Know Theatre of Cincinnati – 4.5/5
  • HAND TO GOD presented by Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre – 4.5/5
  • HEATHERS presented by Xavier University – 4.5/5
  • HELLO, DOLLY! presented by Broadway in Cincinnati – 4.75/5
  • IN THE NIGHT TIME (BEFORE THE SUN RISES) presented by Know Theatre of Cincinnati – 4.25/5
  • JERSEY BOYS presented by Broadway in Cincinnati – 4.75/5
  • JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT presented by The Carnegie – 4.25/5
  • LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN presented by UC College-Conservatory of Music – 4.75/5
    An entertaining production that is visually impressive (costumes, wigs and set design) with strong performances across the cast. Smartly directed and paced by Susan Felder.
  • THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park – 4.75/5
  • THE LION KING presented by Broadway in Cincinnati – 5/5
  • MEAN GIRLS presented by Broadway in Cincinnati – 4.75/5
  • MISS HOLMES presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company – 4.75/5
  • THE NUTCRACKER presented by Cincinnati Ballet – 4.5/5
  • ONCE ON THIS ISLAND presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park – 4.5/5
    A creative and jubilant production. As usual, Playhouse’s annual multigenerational production holds plenty of “theater magic” surprises for the audience. Christina Acosta Robinson’s rendition of “The Human Heart” will give you goose bumps.
  • PROOF presented by The Carnegie – 4.5/5
  • PUFFS, OR SEVEN INCREASINGLY EVENTFUL YEARS AT A CERTAIN SCHOOL OF MAGIC AND MAGIC presented by Know Theatre of Cincinnati -5.0/5
  • THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW presented by UC College-Conservatory of Music – 4.75/5
  • SEX AND EDUCATION presented by Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati – 4.25/5
  • THREE SISTERS presented by NKU SOTA Theatre + Dance – 4.5/5
  • TITUS ANDRONICUS presented by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company – 4.75/5
  • WHO IS AMOS OTIS? presented by Squeaky Toy Advertising – 4.5/5
    The show features a strong ensemble of local favorites led by Rico Reid, Josh Katawick and Michael G Bath. The strong, politically-charged script puts you in the jury box of an assassin’s trial.
  • THE WIZARD OF OZ presented by Cincinnati Ballet – 5.0/5

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