‘Grapes of Wrath’ is a Sweet Start to NKU‘s Season

Review by Spenser Smith of Grapes of Wrath: NKU There’s nothing sour about Grapes of Wrath at NKU. If the season-opening stage production of John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel is any indication of what’s in store at NKU this year, I’d go ahead and buy a season subscription...

Falcon’s ‘Toxic Avenger’ Is an Irreverent Romp

Review by Laurel Humes of Toxic Avenger: Falcon Theatre Silly. Tasteless. Hilarious. All are apt descriptions of The Toxic Avenger now at Falcon Theatre in Newport, an award-winning musical based on the 1980’s cult B-movie. The setting is a toxic waste dump site in Tromaville, N.J. Our hero, Melvin,...

NKU‘s ‘Grapes of Wrath’ Bears Fruit

Review by Shawn Maus of Grapes of Wrath: NKU NKU harvests a genuine tale with the production of The Grapes of Wrath. Steinbeck’s novel, on which this play is based, centers on the Joad family, an Oklahoma farm family escaping the devastation of the Dust Bowl that plagued our country’s...

Incline’s [title of show] is an Escher Print of a Musical

Review by Laurel Humes  of [title of show]: Incline Theatre Warsaw Federal Incline Theater is living up to its promise of bringing edgy, contemporary classics to the stage by opening its second District Series season with [title of show]. No chorus lines or splashy production numbers in this musical. Just...

Incline’s [title of show] is A Contemporary Diversion

Review by Doug Iden of [title of show]: Incline Theatre [title of show] opening at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre  is different – in a mostly positively way.  The premise is that two men are writing a musical in real time and plan to submit it to a theatrical festival...

CCM Takes Romeo and Juliet to the Next Level

Review by Shawn Maus of Romeo and Juliet: CCM Drama The College-Conservatory of Music bills their R&J as a “subversive retelling of the Bard’s iconic story.” Director Brant Russell has certainly disrupted the traditional telling and it’s a good thing. It took a moment to realize the cast was...

Clifton’s ‘Road Through Damascus’ is ‘Our Town’ Lite

Review by Sheldon Polonsky of The Road Through Damascus: Clifton Performance Theatre An unremarkable small town represented on stage with no scenery and few props. An omniscient narrator presiding over three time periods of the town’s inhabitants, including a blossoming relationship between two young protagonists, one of whom yearns to...

‘Runaways’ at the Know Is Inescapably Compelling

Review by Allyson West of Runaways: The Know Theatre Runaways at the Know Theatre is a tender musical about the children that run away. It tackles the heartbreaking realities that push children out of their homes or relationships, and delves into the loneliness that comes from tackling life too early,...