Beck Center’s Curious Incident

A murder. An investigation. A journey. THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, based on a book by Mark Haddon and adapted by Simon Stephens, is a mystery that allows the audience a peek into the world of an autistic boy’s quest for the truth. Along the way, he discovers more than heContinue reading “Beck Center’s Curious Incident”

Great Lakes Theater grows a winner with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Bring your appetite for excitement to the Hanna Theatre at Playhouse Square because LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS has a ravenous singing plant that’s ready to eat entertain the masses! Described as “a horror comedy rock musical” with music by Alan Menken and lyrics and a book by Howard Ashman, Director Victoria Bussert has gotten everythingContinue reading “Great Lakes Theater grows a winner with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS”

Beck’s BUYER AND CELLAR takes us into the basement…

What if? This question leads to many places, but at the Beck Center for the Arts it leads into icon Barbra Streisand’s basement. Running now through October 9 in the Studio Theatre, BUYER AND CELLAR by Jonathan Tolins is a fictitious stroll that takes audiences into a strange world through the caverns beneath Babs’ home.Continue reading “Beck’s BUYER AND CELLAR takes us into the basement…”

Ain’t Too Proud – a jukebox musical with a tale to tell

There have been 24 different members of the Temptations since the group’s creation in the 1960s. First known as the Elgins, this original and quintessential quintet has gone on (in many 5-member formations) to sell tens of millions of albums over the decades, and to earn a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall ofContinue reading “Ain’t Too Proud – a jukebox musical with a tale to tell”

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)”