Sunday, April 20, 2014

'The Velocity of Autumn': How Cleveland playwright Eric Coble brought his emotional high-wire act to Broadway by Andrea Simakis

"I've had so many audience members come up and say, I've got to bring my son to this, I've got bring my mother to this. Now I think I know how to talk to my mom -- I think I'll talk to …

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

E.L. Doctorow wins Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction by Joanna Connors

Author E.L. Doctorow smiles during an interview in his office at New York University, in this 2004 file portrait. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer E.L. Doctorow has won this year’s Library of Congre…

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Preservationist Ray Shepardson, who led the revival of Playhouse Square, has died at age 70 by Steven Litt

Ray Shepardson, widely credited as the citizen activist who spearheaded the preservation of the Playhouse Square theaters in Cleveland in the 1970s, died Monday in Wheaton, Ill., at age 70.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Mr. Coble Goes to Broadway: Friends and fans offer advice to Cleveland Heights playwright Eric Coble by Andrea Simakis

Dear Eric: As you sweat the remaining days before that Monday, April 21, curtain at the Broadway's Booth Theatre, your friends and fans back in Cleveland figure a few pieces of wit and wisdo…

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Jessica Lang Dance pools resources of video, costumes and choreography for unforgettable evening (review) by Zachary Lewis

Jessica Lang Dance, the young, New York-based troupe that appeared on the DanceCleveland series at Playhouse Square Saturday, looked more like three companies than merely one.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Cleveland Play House New Ground Theatre Festival opens with juicy genetics play 'Informed Consent' by Andrea Simakis

Deborah Zoe Laufer's "Informed Consent," an intriguing play about the promise and pitfalls of genetics research -- thorny legal and moral issues that were unimaginable only a few y…

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Comic triumph for Great Lakes Theater's 'As You Like It' (review) by Michael Heaton, The Plain Dealer

Dustin Tucker stole the show with his character Touchstone, the Fool, in the Great Lakes Theater production of "As You Like It."

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Dobama Theatre to join Actors' Equity Association by Andrea Simakis

Beginning nest season, Dobama will join Great Lakes Theater and the Cleveland Play House as Greater Cleveland's third full-time Equity house.

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Dobama Theatre's 2014-15 season filled with character by Andrea Simakis

Dobama Theatre has always championed edgy, fresh, character-driven plays, but its 55th season might be the one filled with the most characters, both in a literal and figurative sense.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014

PlayhouseSquare restoring its old name, splitting brand into two words by James Ewinger

New signage and branding campaign to turn PlayhouseSquare into Playhouse Square.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

'Clybourne Park' will offend you, delight you and break your heart (Review) by Andrea Simakis

Playwright Brue Norris' corrosive, hilarious and emotionally raw work has deservedly won a wheelbarrow full of awards – including an Olivier, a Pulitzer and a Tony – for ripping the Band…

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'Flashdance' star Corey Mach started dreaming of Broadway in Cleveland (Preview) by Andrea Simakis

Oh, what a feeling -- and oh, the legwarmers, the artistic strip-club numbers and the treasure trove of '80s hits, from "Gloria" to "Maniac." The musical saga of Alex Owe…

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

KeyBank Broadway Series 2014-15: 'Kinky Boots,' 'Pippin,' 'Newsies' and more by Andrea Simakis

Topping the KeyBank Broadway Series 2014-15 hit list: last year's Tony darlings "Kinky Boots," scored by Cyndi Lauper, and the revival of "Pippin," infused with Cirque du…

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Beck Center's ' 'night, Mother' a nasty, terminal game of chess (Review) by Andrea Simakis

The play unfolds in real time as Jessie Cates, middle-aged, divorced and unemployable, announces to her mother, Thelma, that she has decided to kill herself. At precisely 9:30 p.m. that even…

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Friday, March 21, 2014

'Clybourne Park' is a challenging neighborhood for Cleveland Play House by Mark Dawidziak, The Plain Dealer

Cleveland Play House is staging "Clybourne Park," playwright Bruce Norris' challenging work that won a theatrical version of the Triple Crown: London's Olivier Award for best new p…

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Cleveland Play House looks to legacy, family in 2014-2015 season by Joanna Connors

Cleveland Play House artistic director Laura Kepley said that as she and her colleagues chose the seven shows for the 2014-2015 season, certain questions emerged from all the shows:" Wh…

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Monday, March 10, 2014

New survey says Cuyahoga residents participate often and place a high value on the arts by Steven Litt

A new survey suggests that the arts are popular and highly supported in Cuyahoga County - good news for arts supporters and their organizations.

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Trisha Brown Dance Company gives eloquent, meaningful performance at PlayhouseSquare (review) by Zachary Lewis

Not only did the Trisha Brown Dance Company give some remarkably lithe, lyrical performances on Saturday's DanceCleveland series concert but the pieces themselves also revealed profound trut…

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Friday, March 7, 2014

'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' thrills at PlayhouseSquare with Diane DeGarmo, Ace Young and subtle updates: Review by Laura Demarco, The Plain Dealer

The new production of 1968-written "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" that opened its national tour at PlayhouseSquare this week is an exuberant success that stays tru…

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Trisha Brown Dance Company bids farewell to Cleveland with final tour performance (preview) by Zachary Lewis

Between the four works on the Trisha Brown Dance Company's program Saturday night, patrons new and old will gain an appreciation for just how broad and diverse was Brown's output.

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'Titus'; CPT's gory, glam-rock extravaganza doesn't skimp on soaring poetry or spurting blood (Preview) by Andrea Simakis

The new Cleveland Public Theatre production will no doubt be the most audacious "Titus" on record.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Oscars 2014 red-carpet fashion: The best and the worst of Hollywood's biggest night by Andrea Simakis

Let it be said: Nothing was jaw-droppingly awful, but few gowns wowed. The boys were uncharacteristically more interesting, eschewing black for burgundy, shocking-blue or the cream jacket fa…

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Second Stage to be renamed Outcalt Theatre following $2.5 million gift by Andrea Simakis

The Outcalt's $2.5 million donation to PlayhouseSquare's theater preservation fund is largest gift from a family in PlayhouseSquare history.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

'American Idols' Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young bring new life to 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,' tour launching in Cleveland by Laura Demarco, The Plain Dealer

The new production opens its national tour in Cleveland on Tuesday and runs through Sunday, March 16.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

You'll be snared by Great Lakes Theater's 'Deathtrap' (Review) by Andrea Simakis

As all gifted directors know, dunderheaded casting can spoil the most ingenious play. Clever chef that he is, Fee has selected a gourmet line-up to serve Ira Levin's diabolical dish.

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GroundWorks DanceTheater targets cultural misconceptions with new work on 'Winter Series' program (preview) by Zachary Lewis

There's a method to what may look like madness in Rosie Herrera's new "House Broken," her new work for GroundWorks DanceTheater: a keen ambition to expose, explore and debunk mista…

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Best in Bard: the Northeast Ohio Shakespeare Competition at Playhouse Square by Andrea Simakis

The goal of the annual competition is to increase the awareness of the works of William Shakespeare and the richness of the Bard's native tongue.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

'Breath and Imagination'; CPH production breathes life into a forgotten legend (Review) by Andrea Simakis

With "Breath and Imagination," a musical based on the life of the celebrated tenor -- one of the highest-paid musicians of his time, black or white -- playwright Daniel Beaty seeks…

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014

Great Lakes' 'Deathtrap': ingenious thriller has more twists than a bent corkscrew by Andrea Simakis

When he sat down to write "Deathtrap," Ira Levin fashioned the struggling Sidney Bruhl after himself, creating an endlessly self-reflecting mirror which, for more than a quarter of…

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