To Kill A Mockingbird – moving, poignant, beautiful theatre

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Atticus Finch – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee All Rise! Set in 1930’s Maycomb, Alabama, the stage version of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (based on the novelContinue reading “To Kill A Mockingbird – moving, poignant, beautiful theatre”

Pretty Woman the Musical is a Plain Jane on the stage

Not every movie or story needs to be made into a musical, and Pretty Woman the Musical is an example of why. Now playing at the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square, this music-backed take on the 1990 movie starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere loses charm and depth when placed into this new format. TheContinue reading “Pretty Woman the Musical is a Plain Jane on the stage”

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR returns to Cleveland with 50th Anniversary Tour

Hallelujah! Jesus has returned… to Cleveland in Jesus Christ Superstar. About two years ago, Cleveland theatre audiences who were to attend night #3 of the updated national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar were told that Playhouse Square would be shutting down due to COVID-19 and that all performances were suspended. Today this 50th Anniversary tourContinue reading “JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR returns to Cleveland with 50th Anniversary Tour”

Cleveland gets WICKED

“It’s good to see me, isn’t it?” Glinda the Good asks this loaded question to the crowd upon entering the stage via a magical bubble in the national tour of WICKED. It’s her debut line, and it’s a question pertinent to both the on-stage Ozians, and to the audience at Playhouse Square, who is stillContinue reading “Cleveland gets WICKED”

Life is Beautiful at Blank Canvas Theatre’s CABARET

We have no troubles here. In here, life is beautiful. The girls are beautiful. The boys are beautiful. Even the orchestra is beautiful! Welcome to Berlin’s Kit Kat Klub, where you can forget all of your worries! The outside has no hold on you while you are in this place full of music, dancing, andContinue reading “Life is Beautiful at Blank Canvas Theatre’s CABARET”

The 20th Century Way at convergence-continuum (review)

“You can’t be charged for being something, only for doing something.” And thus spins the carousel known as The 20th Century Way, a two-person play running audiences in circles of “morality” at convergence-continuum now through December 18, 2021. Directed by Clyde Simon, the 90-minute, no intermission show is based on the true story of two actorsContinue reading “The 20th Century Way at convergence-continuum (review)”

The Party of the Year – CPT’s Pandemonium returns with the Break of Dawn

To the delight of seasoned veterans and newcomers, alike, the light of live theater shown down upon the Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) campus on Saturday, September 18, 2021. The theme, the Break of Dawn, spilled onto every area of the organization as party-goers mingled with crowd performers, and as local artists brought their creative giftsContinue reading “The Party of the Year – CPT’s Pandemonium returns with the Break of Dawn”

Pull up a barstool – The Choir of Man rocks out a raucous pub performance in Cleveland

Joyful. Emotional. Bouncy. ABOUT TIME. These are just a few of the words that express opening night of The Choir of Man at Playhouse Square’s Mimi Ohio Theatre. Running now through a just-announced extension date of July 25, these lucky 13 guys are here in Cleveland to celebrate! Taking the stage in an emotional curtainContinue reading “Pull up a barstool – The Choir of Man rocks out a raucous pub performance in Cleveland”

A year after shutdown, the community reacts to the re-opening of Cleveland’s Playhouse Square

It was March 12, 2020, media night for the Webber / Rice hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar, when Playhouse Square sent a notice to patrons: “Governor Mike DeWine has issued an order to postpone or cancel community gatherings. Playhouse Square and its resident companies Cleveland Play House, Cleveland State University, DANCECleveland and Great Lakes TheaterContinue reading “A year after shutdown, the community reacts to the re-opening of Cleveland’s Playhouse Square”

Dobama Theatre’s Nathan Motta talks about times of growth, change

Over in Cleveland Heights, OH, Dobama Theatre continues to take pandemic life in stride. Despite bans on large in-person gatherings, they continue to engage, educate, and entertain. It’s all about the community.Though their approach to presenting and viewing theater may have changed from when it closed at the beginning of the COVID-19 event, some thingsContinue reading “Dobama Theatre’s Nathan Motta talks about times of growth, change”