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”

HELLO, DOLLY! Dazzles at Playhouse Square

It’s something remarkable when one can truly witness “stardom,” and Cleveland gets to witness Betty Buckley’s jewel of a performance in the national tour of HELLO, DOLLY! The “Voice of Broadway” will grace the Playhouse Square stage now through October 21, 2018 at the Connor Palace, and audiences won’t want to miss this knockout ofContinue reading “HELLO, DOLLY! Dazzles at Playhouse Square”

MURDER ROOM is to die for at Clague Playhouse

Murder is not funny… unless it’s at Clague Playhouse, where Jack Sharkey’s MURDER ROOM is playing now through October 7, 2018. Directed by Ron Newell, this madcap mystery has all the twists and turns that are perfect for a Fall thriller. A crime spoof set in Yorkshire, England, the story begins with squabbling just hours afterContinue reading “MURDER ROOM is to die for at Clague Playhouse”

CPT’s Labyrinth of Desire: a maze of wonders and delights (Pandemonium 2018)

Imagine multitudes of intriguing passages and hallways that lead to many worlds of wonder. Envision a live choose-your-own-adventure that takes you onto many stages, and through countless realms of possibility. Visualize a world of darks and lights, colors and delights for all of the senses. Cleveland Public Theatre delivered all of these things this pastContinue reading “CPT’s Labyrinth of Desire: a maze of wonders and delights (Pandemonium 2018)”

HAMILTON makes history the hottest topic in Cleveland

Talent, aspiration, jealousy, love, infighting, politics – it could be the current national news, but instead it’s the exciting story of our Founding Fathers, brought to life through a ground-breaking score that “blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway.” Playing now through August 26, 2018 at Playhouse Square’s KeyBank State Theatre, HAMILTON: AN AMERICANContinue reading “HAMILTON makes history the hottest topic in Cleveland”

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is 90 minutes of punk/rock perfection

Let’s talk HEDWIG. No, not Harry Potter’s snowy owl, but the cult hit musical with book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH has been a force of nature since it opened off-Broadway in 1998, and eventually found its way to Broadway, the silver screen, andContinue reading “HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH is 90 minutes of punk/rock perfection”

Life’s struggles are BEAUTIFUL with Carole King

Put another coin in: BEAUTIFUL is a jukebox musical that spans decades and elicits joy. The Carole King Musical is not just an evening of familiar tunes, but a look into the world of one our most prolific living popular songwriters. Born Carol Joan Klein in 1942 in Manhattan, Carole King has written or co-written 118 popContinue reading “Life’s struggles are BEAUTIFUL with Carole King”

BENT is moving and relentless at Beck Center

A triangle seems like such an innocuous thing, yet this simple, 3-sided shape carved the destinies of thousands in Hitler’s Germany during and after the Night of Long Knives. BENT tells the chilling story of how gays struggle during this time, and how a simple triangle is a dangerous mark. Playing now at the BeckContinue reading “BENT is moving and relentless at Beck Center”

THE ROYALE is a knockout at Cleveland Play House

The match between oneself and one’s own soul is sometimes just as brutal as a physical match between two people. THE ROYALE at Cleveland Play House pounds at just such a story now through May 27, 2018 on the Outcalt Theatre Stage in the Allen Theatre Complex at Playhouse Square. Jay Jackson (Preston Butler III)Continue reading “THE ROYALE is a knockout at Cleveland Play House”

SPELLING BEE at Cleveland Play House wins hearts, hilariously shames this writer

It is a word meaning “astern” and sounding like a biological function. Being a nautical term, I am hopelessly unfamiliar with what to do with this just-given spelling word… except to laugh. This is problematic, as the two-syllable term thrusts me into my 5-minutes of fame shame on the Cleveland Play House (CPH) stage forContinue reading “SPELLING BEE at Cleveland Play House wins hearts, hilariously shames this writer”