All Hail Caesar at Great Lakes Theater!

If you are considering seeing a large, dramatic Shakespearean play where nearly everyone perishes, then you MUST run with the mobs to the Hanna Theatre to see the brilliance and the bloodshed of Great Lakes Theater’s production of Julius Caesar. Running now through November 3, 2019 at the Hanna Theatre at Playhouse Square, this “epicContinue reading “All Hail Caesar at Great Lakes Theater!”

CPT’s Pandemonium 2019 – Alchemy transforms the night (photos)

Merriam-Webster defines “Pandemonium” as “a wild uproar (as because of anger or excitement in a crowd of people).” September 7th, 2019’s Pandemonium at Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) was most definitely one of excitement, as is usual for this annual benefit party. The sights, sounds, and surprises did not disappoint! Touting itself as “a feast for theContinue reading “CPT’s Pandemonium 2019 – Alchemy transforms the night (photos)”

COME FROM AWAY is right at home in Cleveland

It’s hard to believe that in one of the most disastrous acts of terrorism, that the light of humanity can be found. However, that’s exactly what the uplifting COME FROM AWAY offers audiences at Playhouse Square on the Connor Palace stage now through July 28, 2019. But what is “come from away”? It’s a termContinue reading “COME FROM AWAY is right at home in Cleveland”

DEAR EVAN HANSEN – Cleveland loves you

Mom always said, “You should never lie, because once you tell a lie, one lie leads to another and another…” Evan Hansen should have heeded this advice, as his tailspin into false stories, social media, and popularity unfolds in mysterious ways in the musical DEAR EVAN HANSEN, which plays the Connor Palace at Playhouse SquareContinue reading “DEAR EVAN HANSEN – Cleveland loves you”

NATIVE GARDENS is full of thorny laughter at Cleveland Play House

“First impressions are really good – great, actually.” But the first impression of new neighbors in an old neighborhood quickly shows us how the seeds of friendship are sometimes tricky to cultivate in Cleveland Play House’s NATIVE GARDENS. Written by Karen Zacarías and directed by Robert Barry Fleming, this tale of good soil and bad blood runs forContinue reading “NATIVE GARDENS is full of thorny laughter at Cleveland Play House”

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET worth every penny at Great Lakes Theater

A star-studded jam session like no other was recorded on December 4, 1956 at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Lucky for us, audience members can now relive the magic of this night of music (presented through Great Lakes Theater) as Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and “The King” Elvis Presley visitContinue reading “MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET worth every penny at Great Lakes Theater”

Cleveland gets a taste of New York in A BRONX TALE at Playhouse Square

There’s nothing more gut-wrenching than watching a loved one, especially a young person, make terrible decisions and not being able to stop them. A BRONX TALE gangs up on the audience with tough talk, macho choices, and (of course) song and dance at Playhouse Square now through May 12, 2019. Straight from the press release:Continue reading “Cleveland gets a taste of New York in A BRONX TALE at Playhouse Square”

Phantom still beautifully haunts Playhouse Square

The Phantom of the Opera still haunts Box 5 at Playhouse Square, as the “new” Cameron Mackintosh / Andrew Lloyd Webber production is back at the KeyBank State Theatre stage now through April 20, 2019. Flashing the phrase “new” all over this quintessential piece of musical theater is not to be feared, as the belovedContinue reading “Phantom still beautifully haunts Playhouse Square”

Les Miz brings it home to Playhouse Square

Before Rent had us singing “525,600 minutes,” there was the number 24601. In the late 1980s, Les Misérables may have been the very first numbers earwig for many musical theater fans. And now you can see it live… and have it in your head all over again! Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Boublil And Schönberg’s Les Misérables isContinue reading “Les Miz brings it home to Playhouse Square”

VIRGINIA WOOLF at Beck Center is a savage game of illusion

John-Paul Sartre writes that “Hell is other people,” and Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a potent example of how humans torment each other. The Beck Center for the Arts production of this warped little gem is as delightful as it is horrifying. It’s final weekend in the Studio Theatre now complete, Who’s AfraidContinue reading “VIRGINIA WOOLF at Beck Center is a savage game of illusion”