Best Of 2022

Best Theater Al Fresco

Little Shop of Horrors' Motown chorus: Chiffon (Alloria Frayser), Crystal (Sasha Spitz) and Ronnette (Christian Kidd)

During the pandemic, most local theaters had to get creative for production locales. Perhaps the most striking was The Carnegie, stepping away from its historic library venue on Scott Street in Covington to the new Covington Plaza outdoor amphitheater. In August they produced Little Shop of Horrors, the fun and frothy horror-flick-inspired musical. The tale of a bloodthirsty exotic plant was imaginatively staged, and theater-hungry crowds flocked to the tiered seating to watch a spirited cast with fine voices perform the tuneful score with the backdrop of Cincinnati’s downtown skyline across the Ohio River. The Carnegie’s entertaining shows are now back in the theater, but let’s hope they find more reasons to venture out in the summer.