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Saturday, August 20, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Play about Tamir Rice shooting makes world premiere tonight (photos, video) by Andrea Simakis

"Objectively/Reasonable: A Community Response to the Shooting of Tamir Rice, 11/22/14" opens Thursday at Creative Space at Waterloo Arts.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
Sunday, July 10, 2016

'Hamilton' star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to take his final bow Saturday night by Andrea Simakis

The cost of tickets to Miranda's last 8 p.m. performance July 9 are Linsane, although if you're willing to skip a few mortgage payments, you can still nab seats.

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The gift of 'Hamilton': Shaker High students make their history teacher's Broadway dream come alive by Andrea Simakis

History teacher Tim Mitchell wanted Lin-Manuel Miranda's John Hancock as a sort of war prize

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Karamu House regains its nonprofit status, announces slate of shows for 2016-17 by Andrea Simakis

Karamu brass applied for reinstatement of the organization's 501(c)(3) designation on May 7, asking the IRS to expedite the request.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Akron's Actors' Summit shutting down after 17 seasons by Andrea Simakis

Theater going dark with the retirement of artistic director MaryJo Alexander.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

'Hamilton' coming to Cleveland as part of Playhouse Square's 2017-18 KeyBank Broadway Series by Andrea Simakis

How far will you have travel to see this great American musical? New York? Chicago? Nah. Just head to Euclid Avenue.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Skillful reboot ushers a newly restrained, minimalist 'Phantom of the Opera' into the 21st century by Andrea Simakis

With "Phantom 2.0," creators Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh have satisfyingly reanimated a production that had become unavoidably moth-eaten around the edges.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

New play on Tamir Rice shooting draws young actors with poise, passion (photos) by Andrea Simakis

"Objectively/Reasonable: A Community Response to the Shooting of Tamir Rice" to premiere in August.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The new 'Phantom of the Opera' opening Wednesday in Playhouse Square reimagines a Broadway warhorse (photos) by Andrea Simakis

Get a first look at the reimagined "Phantom" haunting Playhouse Square.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Is 'Hamilton' headed to Playhouse Square? You can bet on it. The question is when by Andrea Simakis

When will Cleveland see Lin-Manuel Miranda's white hot Tony-winning ode to Alexander Hamilton?

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Cleveland had a leading role in the making of Eugene O'Neill's 'Long Day's Journey Into Night,' up for 7 Tonys by Andrea Simakis

The Tyrone family of "Long Day's Journey Into Night" is not simply inspired by Eugene O'Neill's actual clan, it is a supremely poetic diary entry, a "play of old sorrow, writt…

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Saturday, June 11, 2016
Friday, June 10, 2016
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tony Awards 2016: 'Hamilton' is king but will it best 'The Producers' for most wins? by Andrea Simakis

Is it any surprise everyone has started calling this year's awards the Hamiltonys?

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Friday, June 3, 2016

The hair is teased high and the good times roll in an uproarious 'Steel Magnolias' at the Allen Theatre by Andrea Simakis

"Steel Magnolias" is the big-haired, big-hearted production now running in Playhouse Square.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Women still lagging in behind-the-curtain theater professions, despite their ticket-buying clout by Andrea Simakis

Just how groundbreaking is "Steel Magnolias' " all-female design team?

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Cleveland Play House, Playhouse Square co-production of 'Steel Magnolias' is a time for women to shine by Andrea Simakis

All-female design team to bring powerful (and powerfully funny) portrait of women's friendship to the stage.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Students sparkle in Dazzle Awards 2016 at Playhouse Square: Complete Winners List by Andrea Simakis

Two Northeast Ohio high school students will move on to national competition

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Ensemble Theatre's 'Jerusalem' is a gloriously sprawling homage to William Blake and evisceration of 'progress' by Andrea Simakis

Sprawling over three acts, "Jerusalem" has the chewy, muscular language of a work by Eugene O'Neill.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

'Wrestling Jerusalem' at Cleveland Public Theatre is one man's earnest, conflicted take on the Israeli-Palestinian quagmire by Andrea Simakis

On his first trip to Israel in 1993, a 25-year-old Aaron Davidman kissed the tarmac at the Ben Gurion airport, the asphalt burning his lips.

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Great Lakes Theater offers a winsome, inventive reimagining of the off-Broadway classic 'The Fantasticks' by Andrea Simakis

Artful clowning and powerful artistry buoy the sturdiest soap bubble ever built at the Hanna Theatre

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Saturday, May 14, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Aurora native Sean Grandillo celebrates three Tony nods for 'Spring Awakening' by Andrea Simakis

On Tuesday, the Aurora native learned Deaf West Theatre's remarkable production -- which also happened to be his Broadway debut -- had earned three 2016 Tony nominations.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dobama Theatre's vapid 'Marie Antoinette' is missing style, substance, along with those royal heads by Andrea Simakis

In David Adjmi's confused historical cartoon, Marie Antoinette is an Austrian It Girl circa 1776, a pampered celeb living in a gilded cage.

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Hundreds gather at Playhouse Square to share laugh- and tear-tinged memories of Cleveland acting legend David O. Frazier by Andrea Simakis

Some 400 gathered to celebrate Frazier, one of Playhouse Square's Founding Fathers, who died at age 76 on March 13.

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