Cincinnati OnStage: 4 Plays Reveal Depth of Queen City Theatre Community

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by Aaron Krause, American Theatre Critics Association member With reviews of Othello, Red Velvet, Kill Move Paradise, and Be Here Now Theater and history buffs have a rare chance in Cincinnati to witness Shakespeare like they’ve never experienced in school. Chances are, you never studied Othello in the modern, painfully-timely manner Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) is presenting the Bard’s tragedy. […]

The Green Book: Helping you find Safe Travels at the cost of an Afternoon

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Review by Bradley Laas; photos by Emily Schwartz I took the opportunity this past Sunday to see The Green Book presented by Pegasus Theatre Chicago and ShPIeL Performing Identity. The play, written by Calvin A. Ramsey, pays homage to the historical Green Book; a travel book that provided information on safe travels for African Americans […]

“Kingdom” is a Place Worth Visiting Despite Issues

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Devon Green Kingdom, Broken Nose Theatre’s current presentation at the Den, is a thoroughly engaging and entertaining play. Directed by Kanomé Jones, it tells the story of a queer family (gay fathers, gay son, lesbian cousin) living in Florida shortly after that state legalized […]

“Through the Elevated Line”: An Immigrant Tale Via Tennessee Williams

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Airan Wright Set in Chicago in 2016 against the backdrop of the Cubs’ quest for the World Series, Through the Elevated Line tells the tale of immigrant siblings, one who has been long-established in America and one who just got here, through the prism of […]

Boho’s “Cyrano” is a Funny, Heartbreaking, Swashbuckling Love Story Told With Panache

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Liz Lauren I always find it difficult to begin reviews of very familiar plays. What do you say that has not been said a million times before? And Boho Theatre’s Cyrano, though a new adaptation by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner of the Edmond Rostand […]

About Face Opens the Door to LGBTQ History with Compelling “Time Is On Our Side”

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Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photos by Michael Brosilow  “We hold inside of us a history that ends in an ellipsis.” That statement from late in About Face Theatre’s midwest premiere of R. Eric Thomas’s Time Is On Our Side pretty much sums up both the play’s philosophy and its central mystery. We […]

Nation Onstage FL: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Even Better If You Can See It

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Review by Beverly Friend, American Theatre Critics Association member Once upon a time, there was an elderly, very religious Jewish man, who was illiterate. Because of this handicap, when he prayed, he was only able to recite the Hebrew alphabet because this was all he knew. He was confident that God would be able to arrange the […]