The Soulful Sounds of HADESTOWN Tempt Clevelanders at Playhouse Square

The balance of the world is tilted in the wrong direction, and the characters of HADESTOWN are all tumbled up in the Greek drama of two love stories. Playing now on the Connor Palace stage through February 19, 2023, we are introduced to the company of this production by Hermes (played by the incomparable NathanContinue reading “The Soulful Sounds of HADESTOWN Tempt Clevelanders at Playhouse Square”

Beck’s BUYER AND CELLAR takes us into the basement…

What if? This question leads to many places, but at the Beck Center for the Arts it leads into icon Barbra Streisand’s basement. Running now through October 9 in the Studio Theatre, BUYER AND CELLAR by Jonathan Tolins is a fictitious stroll that takes audiences into a strange world through the caverns beneath Babs’ home.Continue reading “Beck’s BUYER AND CELLAR takes us into the basement…”

Pull up a barstool – The Choir of Man rocks out a raucous pub performance in Cleveland

Joyful. Emotional. Bouncy. ABOUT TIME. These are just a few of the words that express opening night of The Choir of Man at Playhouse Square’s Mimi Ohio Theatre. Running now through a just-announced extension date of July 25, these lucky 13 guys are here in Cleveland to celebrate! Taking the stage in an emotional curtainContinue reading “Pull up a barstool – The Choir of Man rocks out a raucous pub performance in Cleveland”

Rehearsing a Cleveland-area show? You’re needed for a story…

Cleveland-area theater folks: this is your call!If you are currently rehearsing a production (actor, tech, director, designer, producer, front of house, management, etc.) contact me at I’m doing a story on rehearsals and performances in the here and now, as we are getting vaccinated and things are opening up a bit more. I’m curiousContinue reading “Rehearsing a Cleveland-area show? You’re needed for a story…”

Western Reserve Playhouse turns on the radio for “It’s a Wonderful Life” this December

“This is a brand-new show that we’ve chosen! Originally, we were meant to perform the musical “My Favorite Year,” but were unable due to the pandemic. So, we decided to adapt a holiday classic into the radio show medium,” says Hannah Hilty of Western Reserve Playhouse (WRP). This year, “It’s a Wonderful Life: A RadioContinue reading “Western Reserve Playhouse turns on the radio for “It’s a Wonderful Life” this December”

Holsinger brings Frankenstein to Zoom, chats about performing solo

“Sometimes I have the real feeling of being a kid playacting alone in their bedroom,” says Holly Holsinger, as she talks about what it’s like to perform solo on Zoom. With one performance left of her show Frankenstein’s Wake (hosted through Cleveland Public Theatre), Holsinger is one of many artists who has stepped bravely intoContinue reading “Holsinger brings Frankenstein to Zoom, chats about performing solo”

Blank Canvas does Drive-In, Cleveland responds to COVID-19

With record numbers of COVID-19 cases exploding in Ohio (and all over the country), it’s hard to feel any relief. However, Blank Canvas Theatre has created a prescription for the soul that has cured a bit of the frustration that comes along with local lockdowns: drive-in live theater. With two successful events completed, Blank Canvas’Continue reading “Blank Canvas does Drive-In, Cleveland responds to COVID-19”

Cleveland theaters respond to pandemic

A recent article by Kevin Landers is boldly titled, “Ohio Citizens for the Arts warns without federal or state funding, theaters may never reopen1.” Amidst this life-altering pandemic, alarm bells go off when reading statements like this one. It’s true – the arts are hurting around the world right now. “The rate of unemploymentContinue reading “Cleveland theaters respond to pandemic”

Playhouse Square Announces New KeyBank Broadway Season

The Connor Palace was packed full of eager Clevelanders on March 3, 2020, as everyone awaited the big announcement of the KeyBank Broadway Series for 2020-2021, themed “Escape. Dream. Discover.” Featuring live-called stage manager cues, a WWF-style announcer, a giant screen with audience Tweets and lots of promo material, and some special guests, the eveningContinue reading “Playhouse Square Announces New KeyBank Broadway Season”

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”