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”

The Common Room Theatre brings the magic of comedy to Cleveland

“We formed a company called The Common Room Theatre, [the name] truthfully inspired by Harry Potter,” says Co-Artistic Director Ryan Santa. The name speaks to something they all have in common, and positive memories for. “I like to think it’s very cozy sitting in a squashy armchair by the fire, and I just think of aContinue reading “The Common Room Theatre brings the magic of comedy to Cleveland”

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”

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”

THE OBA ASKS FOR A MOUNTAIN – TCT is on top of this tale of Nigeria

Have you ever asked for something big? How big? A sandwich? A puppy? A car? A house? A MOUNTAIN?! Talespinner Children’s Theatre (TCT) is touting a tale of epic proportions, as it presents “The Oba Asks For A Mountain,” playing now through April 29, 2018. Written by Gail Nyoka, this Tale of Nigeria can be seenContinue reading “THE OBA ASKS FOR A MOUNTAIN – TCT is on top of this tale of Nigeria”

Rhythm is gonna get you at ON YOUR FEET!

It’s 1980/1990something and I’m in the back seat of my parents’ car on a long trip to somewhere. I’m transported here by the magical time machine known as “On Your Feet!,” the Gloria and Emilio Estefan feel-good jukebox musical that’s currently playing at Playhouse Square. Running now through December 23 at the Connor Palace, theContinue reading “Rhythm is gonna get you at ON YOUR FEET!”

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”

Make history great again! ’44 Plays for 44 Presidents’ not politics as usual at CPT

My fellow Americans: I urge you to join the only political party worth joining in this 2016 Presidential race: the party of “44 Plays for 44 Presidents,” now playing through October 29, 2016 at the James Levin Theatre on the Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) campus. It’s the party of our presidential history told in anContinue reading “Make history great again! ’44 Plays for 44 Presidents’ not politics as usual at CPT”

Go back in time with ‘What I Did Last Summer’ at Clague Playhouse

“Oh man – I lived this! I was this kid’s age during World War II – it really affected me. I was 15 years old in 1945, like Charlie,” muses Ron Newell, the director of Clague Playhouse’s “What I Did Last Summer.” Opening Friday, September 23, 2016, “What I Did Last Summer” is a memoryContinue reading “Go back in time with ‘What I Did Last Summer’ at Clague Playhouse”

Sex! APD presents public reading of “In the Next Room, or the vibrator play” on September 17, 2016

Sex sells! But that’s not the point of Cleveland Actors’ Play Date‘s (ADP) public reading of “In the Next Room, or the vibrator play,” written by Sarah Ruhl. “It’s a beautiful play,” says APD co-founder Nicole McLaughlin Lublin. “It’s prolific, gorgeous, with four meaty roles for women,” adds ADP co-founder Katie Atkinson. It’s the Cleveland Actors’Continue reading “Sex! APD presents public reading of “In the Next Room, or the vibrator play” on September 17, 2016″