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”

KING LEAR a tale of madness, deception at Beck Center

Family tragedy explodes across a looming stage in the Studio Theatre as the Beck Center for the Arts presents William Shakespeare’s KING LEAR, running now through June 30, 2019. For those not familiar with the story: an aging Lear (played by Robert Hawkes) decides to split up his lands amongst his three daughters: Regan (playedContinue reading “KING LEAR a tale of madness, deception at Beck Center”

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”

MISS SAIGON flies triumphantly into Cleveland

A classic love story sweeps the stage as MISS SAIGON flies into Cleveland now through February 17, 2019 on the KeyBank State Theatre at Playhouse Square. The new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical is as triumphant as it is tragic, and shows how love can soar over time and distance. MISS SAIGON has musicContinue reading “MISS SAIGON flies triumphantly into Cleveland”

Cleveland hosts the razzle dazzle of CHICAGO

A murder. A highly publicized case. A money-inspired defense lawyer looking to spin his way to an exoneration. A defendant looking to win public favor through fake news. Sounds like any number of today’s headlines, but it’s actually the plot of the Tony Award winning hit, CHICAGO, running through December 2, 2018 at the PlayhouseContinue reading “Cleveland hosts the razzle dazzle of CHICAGO”

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”