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Saturday, March 10, 2018

'Rent' 20th anniversary tour lacks the heat and heart of Jonathan Larson's groundbreaking epic (review) by Andrea Simakis

Jonathan Larson's glorious musical theater masterpiece deserves a more powerful reprise than this road company gives it.

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Cleveland Play House 2018-19 season captures zeitgeist with sidelined steelworkers in 'Sweat' and feuding neighbors in 'Native Gardens' (photos) by Andrea Simakis

Also on tap: the launch of the North American tour of British scarefest "A Woman in Black"

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ayad Akhtar's hostage drama 'The Invisible Hand' at Cleveland Play House: There will be blood, on all sides (review) by Andrea Simakis

"The Invisible Hand "evokes an amusing elevator pitch: "Think 'The Wolf of Wall Street' meets '24'!" But Ayad Akhtar's play is smarter than that.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2018-19 KeyBank Broadway Series brings Tony-winners 'Dear Evan Hansen' and 'Hello, Dolly!'' to Playhouse Square by Andrea Simakis

"A Bronx Tale," "School of Rock" and a reimagined "Miss Saigon" also coming to Playhouse Square.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

'Misery' at Great Lakes Theater: Despite top-notch cast and a spooky set, it's under rather than over-the-top (review) by Andrea Simakis

Annie Wilkes might talk like a sheltered goody-two-shoes ("cockadoodie" is as vulgar as she gets), but she's hardly benign.

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'American Dreams' at Cleveland Public Theatre uses game-show format to put the immigration debate in our hands (review) by Andrea Simakis

"American Dreams" couldn't be more timely, as Congress debates the fate of some 700,000 Dreamers and how the country will treat legal immigrants and refugees.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

The redawning of Aquarius: Beck's 'Hair' a shining, gleaming and relevant reflection (review) by Andrea Simakis

"Hair" is no mere time-capsule relic. It still has a lot to say.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Playhouse Square launches national tour of Tony-winner 'Hello Dolly!' starring Betty Buckley by Andrea Simakis

Betty Buckley will headline the first national tour of "Hello Dolly!" kicking off in Cleveland

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Cleveland stage icon Andrew May returns to Great Lakes Theater as a writer in 'Misery' (preview) by Andrea Simakis

The role of Paul Sheldon is deceptively tricky, able to do what Hans Gruber and a slew of other terrorists couldn't in five "Die Hard" movies: It beat Bruce Willis.

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Art of Listening. Why 'How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes' can change the world: Andrea Simakis by Andrea Simakis

We aren't used to talking about poverty, especially with people we've just met.

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Great Lakes Theater's 2018-19 season to showcase powerful women, from 'Pride and Prejudice' to 'Mama Mia!' (preview) by Andrea Simakis

Cleveland's classic theater company brings Abba and Austen to Playhouse Square.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Cleveland Play House's bio musical on Sister Rosetta Tharpe, 'Marie and Rosetta,' is packed with history but short on magic (review) by Andrea Simakis

The daughter of an evangelist mother, Sister Rosetta Tharpe executed her pioneering style, a fusion of gospel, blues and rock, with an electric guitar strapped across her chest.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Dobama Theatre's 'Grounded,' a one-woman desert war drama, throttles into the wild gray yonder (review) by Andrea Simakis

Anjanette Hall is a hotshot pilot sidelined by pregnancy and redeployed to the UAV Chair Force.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

'Marie and Rosetta' brings the music and moxie of Rock Hall inductee Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Cleveland Play House (Preview) by Andrea Simakis

Before Chuck Berry hopped and strummed his way across the stage, Sister Rosetta was shredding her ax to glorify God.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Fighting poverty one performance at a time: Andrea Simakis by Andrea Simakis

Who should decide how money to fight poverty gets spent -- social workers or the people who are struggling to get by?

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Beck Center for the Arts to join Actors' Equity Association by Andrea Simakis

The move to join the powerful union representing American actors and stage managers has been a long time coming for the Lakewood theater.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Love Never Dies': For conductors, pleasing the composer is a labor of love by Andrea Simakis

There is talk of a Broadway production, but for now, the only way to see the sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera" in the States is the North American tour.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Year in Review 2017: From 'Junkie' to 'Lizzie,' standouts on Northeast Ohio stages by Andrea Simakis

Memorable achievements in Cleveland theater in 2017.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Searching for the meaning of Christmas with Raissa in Playhouse Square: Andrea Simakis by Andrea Simakis

Raissa, 17, sees her first play. It gives her a lot to think about -- "ideas about Christmas."

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

No Moore partisan politics over decency, please: Andrea Simakis by Andrea Simakis

How can smart women defend the indefensible? It's easy. I've done it myself.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Group tells Cuyahoga Arts & Culture to award more grants to artists of color by Andrea Simakis

The question: How to equitably distribute $400,000 in cigarette tax dollars to deserving artists?

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

'On Your Feet!' at Playhouse Square is a joyous tribute to Gloria Estefan (review) by Andrea Simakis

"On Your Feet!" is a moving, joyful, big-hearted portrait of what makes America great -- the guts, talent and drive of immigrants.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Dobama Theatre's family show 'Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars' is slow going for all ages (review) by Andrea Simakis

The conundrum: find a December show as delightful as "Peter and the Starcatcher."

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Eugene O'Neill's 'The Hairy Ape' at Ensemble Theatre loses some steam even as it still packs a sting (review) by Andrea Simakis

Eugene O'Neill's brutal, expressionist meditation on the gulf between the haves and the have-nots is timely as ever.

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'The Loush Sisters Get HARD for the Holidays' as the boozy, bawdy duo storm back into Cleveland Public Theatre (review) by Andrea Simakis

The Loush Sisters -- that's loose and lush, but fancy -- send-up "Die Hard."

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Sunday, December 3, 2017
Sunday, November 26, 2017

Raissa and her refugee family find a haven in Cleveland, but how to make it a home? Andrea Simakis by Andrea Simakis

In Kigali, she had friends and sunny days, but food was hard to come by.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Holiday Arts Guide 2017: Naughty and Nice Offerings on Cleveland's Stages by Andrea Simakis

Have Holly and Jolly for Christmas this year.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture gives $12.3 million in grants but cuts stir controversy by Andrea Simakis

Some 250 people packed the CAC board meeting Monday, jamming parking lots and hogging meters.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Cleveland Public Theatre masters 'The Art of Longing,' while stiff performances put 'The Lake Effect' on ice at Karamu (reviews) by Andrea Simakis

Cleveland, rife with theatrical potential, has remained criminally underrepresented as a setting.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

P.E.A.C.E. plan talks stall in Cleveland Heights over fate of Coventry School: Andrea Simakis by Andrea Simakis

Activists fight city hall to save a corner of Cleveland Heights for arts and culture

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