The Night Alive examines mess of life at Dobama

Some experiences make one examine life. Some experiences make one want to clean the house (physically and metaphorically). Dobama’s “The Night Alive” does both. Running now through February 12, 2107, the Connor McPherson play is an investigation of people and of the messiness of their inner and outer lives. Featuring the brave cast of JoelContinue reading “The Night Alive examines mess of life at Dobama”

Talent trumps spectacle in this ‘Into The Woods’ revival

This is the re-imagination of a classic that you didn’t know you were waiting for – Fiasco Theater’s “Into the Woods.” The surprise of the season is playing the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square now through  January 29, 2017. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by James Lapine, the direction of Noah BrodyContinue reading “Talent trumps spectacle in this ‘Into The Woods’ revival”

Starcatcher catches the imagination at Dobama Theatre

“To have faith is to have wings…” Molly in Peter and the Starcatcher There are many stories about the legend of Peter Pan, and Dobama Theatre’s prequel production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” is one of the more enchanting tales. This 5-time Tony Award winning play will continue its encore run now through December 31,Continue reading “Starcatcher catches the imagination at Dobama Theatre”

Grinch gets his grump on at Playhouse Square

The world’s most fantastic green, fuzzy buzzkill has taken over the Connor Palace stage at Playhouse Square, as Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical continues its run through December 11, 2016. Based on the much-loved animated television classic Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, the stage musical features all of theContinue reading “Grinch gets his grump on at Playhouse Square”

Get entertained by a Norse Goddess, Naughty Angels, and Moses Cleaveland at CPT’s ‘Light the Lights, Ol’ Moses CLE (A Wild Holiday Romp)’

Get ready, Cleveland, because the holidays are not quite the same this year. Currently, Cleveland Public Theatre is gifting northeast Ohio with 13 cast members, in 10-15 minute scenes, and featuring three types of soup at one big show with zero partridges in a pear tree… but don’t worry: you won’t even notice the lack of partridges because ofContinue reading “Get entertained by a Norse Goddess, Naughty Angels, and Moses Cleaveland at CPT’s ‘Light the Lights, Ol’ Moses CLE (A Wild Holiday Romp)’”

‘Finding Neverland’ nice, but lacking big sparkle

“Finding Neverland” on the Connor Palace stage at Playhouse Square begins with a tiny light flitting about the space. Unfortunately, there isn’t much else besides this small glimmer that brightens up this story about Peter Pan’s creation. Running now through November 20, 2016, the audience is drawn into the world of writer J.M. Barrie (played byContinue reading “‘Finding Neverland’ nice, but lacking big sparkle”

‘An Octoroon’ a beautiful shock at Dobama

The lights suddenly go out and BOOM! a man leaps onto the stage in his underwear. Dobama Theatre’s play “An Octoroon” begins with a shock and keeps pushing full force throughout the performance. Running now through November 13, 2016, it is like no other play you might have ever experienced. Written by MacArthur Foundation 2016 MacArthurContinue reading “‘An Octoroon’ a beautiful shock at Dobama”

‘Sex With Strangers’ extremely gratifying, but not how you think

Even though it would seem like Cleveland Play House could be presenting something extremely risqué with its provokingly titled “Sex With Strangers” (SWS), the tantalizing tale playing now through Nov. 13 in the Outcalt Theatre is not all about showing salacious scenes. Written by Laura Eason and directed by Joanie Schultz, SWS is a two-personContinue reading “‘Sex With Strangers’ extremely gratifying, but not how you think”