Light It Up! CPH gifts Cleveland with a new holiday musical

Have you heard of Tinselville? If not, you will soon, as Cleveland Play House presents their new holiday musical LIGHT IT UP! there now through December 22, 2021 at the Allen Theatre in Playhouse Square. Complete with an interactive audience Light It Up Giveaway, Love Coupons, and lots of sequins, this world premiere new musicalContinue reading “Light It Up! CPH gifts Cleveland with a new holiday musical”

CLUE takes a turn on the Allen Theatre Stage

It’s a board game. It’s a movie. It’s a failed off-Broadway musical from the late ’90s. Now CLUE has mysteriously made its way to the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square as a play in CLUE: A NEW COMEDY, running now through February 23rd, 2020. Based on the 1985 Paramount Pictures film with screenplay written by JonathanContinue reading “CLUE takes a turn on the Allen Theatre Stage”

CPH’s PIPELINE a substantial look into broken system

Timely and riveting, PIPELINE at Cleveland Play House is a gripping piece of drama that reaches inside the humanity of educational disciplinary policies and exposes the souls of those affected on several sides. Now playing at the Outcalt Theatre in the Allen Theatre Complex at Playhouse Square through November 3, 2019, this Dominique Morisseau playContinue reading “CPH’s PIPELINE a substantial look into broken system”

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”

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”

MARIE AND ROSETTA a dynamic duo at Cleveland Play House

Music, God, inner strength, and squirrel-talk are all part of Cleveland Play House’s “Marie and Rosetta,” now playing the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square through February 11, 2018. Written by George Brant and directed by Neil Pepe, this show is a treat for the ears and the soul. “Marie and Rosetta” chronicles the journey ofContinue reading “MARIE AND ROSETTA a dynamic duo at Cleveland Play House”

HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE navigates a complicated road of manipulation and family at CPH

Learning to drive is a right of passage for many. “How I Learned to Drive” (HILTD) at Cleveland Play House is a journey of both real driving and the navigation of family secrets. Playing now through March 26, 2017 on the Allen Theatre mainstage at Playhouse Square, HILTD is a complicated but well-written gem. AuthoredContinue reading “HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE navigates a complicated road of manipulation and family at CPH”

Audiences will howl with delight at CPH’s Baskerville

Attention-grabbing characters and lightning-quick costume changes are the highlights of the madcap fun of “Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery” at Cleveland Play House. Playing now through February 12, 2017 in the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square, the larger-than-life comedy is based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. Starring Dr. WatsonContinue reading “Audiences will howl with delight at CPH’s Baskerville”

‘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”