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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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Historic Ohio Theatre lobby re-created 52 years after fire destroyed 1921 original (photos) by Steven Litt

Playhouse Square finished and unveils a spectacular re-creation of the long-lost lobby of the Ohio Theatre, which burned in 1964 and whose charred remains were covered for years behind drywa…

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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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Monday, May 16, 2016

Cleveland Ballet lands on its feet with charming new version of 'Coppelia' (review) by Zachary Lewis

The new version of "Coppelia" presented by the new Cleveland Ballet Friday night at Ohio Theatre was promising evidence of a company eager and able to do great things.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016

First look: Nearly finished Public Square renovation looks spectacular (photos) by Steven Litt

A first look inside the construction fences at the nearly finished Public Square renovation shows that the $50 million project should live up to its billing as a terrific new unified civic s…

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Roald Dahl's 'Matilda the Musical' makes delightfully 'revolting' Cleveland debut at Playhouse Square (review) by Laura Demarco, The Plain Dealer

"Matilda the Musical," which opened on Broadway in 2013, made its Cleveland debut this week. It is every bit as good as the rave New York reviews promised, capturing the whimsy and…

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New Cleveland Ballet making its own magic with fresh production of 'Coppelia' (preview) by Zachary Lewis

In mounting a new version of "Coppelia," the new Cleveland Ballet is taking a big next step, declaring its independence and proving it can make its own magic.

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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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'Hamilton' leads Tony Award nominations with record 16 nods by Associated Press Entertainment Staff

"Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavored biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary on Tuesday broke the 15-nominations record held by "The Producers" and…

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Cleveland Opera Theater delivers stunning spectacle with Puccini's 'La Boheme' (review) by Special To The Plain Dealer

Cleveland Opera Theater rose to the challenge of Puccini's "La Boheme" last weekend, mounting a first-rate production with excellent singing, beautiful visuals, and a nimble orches…

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater rocks many souls on visit to Playhouse Square (review) by Zachary Lewis

Even as many probably could have followed along to "Revelations," the signature work of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, none could have been prepared for the vitality of the pe…

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Playhouse Square's International Children's Festival brings world to Cleveland stage this weekend by Laura Demarco, The Plain Dealer

There's no better way to grow a love for the theater than to hook audiences early. The seventh annual International Children's Festival, May 7 and 8 at Playhouse Square, seeks to do just th…

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Cleveland Arts Prize 2016 recipients announced by Laura Demarco, The Plain Dealer

A diverse group of artists has been awarded the 2016 Cleveland Arts Prize.

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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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Broadway hit 'Matilda the Musical' to make Cleveland premiere at Playhouse Square by Laura Demarco, The Plain Dealer

One of the best reviewed Broadway shows of recent years will open in Cleveland next week. "Matilda the Musical," based on the book by Roald Dahl, will be at Playhouse Square's Stat…

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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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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Cleveland Opera Theater minding reality in mounting new production of 'La Boheme' (preview) by Zachary Lewis

Just as Cleveland Opera Theater strives to be pragmatic and sustainable as a company, so is the troupe injecting a healthy dose of reality into its upcoming production of Puccini's "La …

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Carrie Carpenter appointed as president and executive director of Gordon Square Arts District by Steven Litt

Carrie Carpenter, formerly a senior vice president at Citizens Bank, has been named the new president and executive director of the Gordon Square Arts District.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Monday, April 25, 2016

'Waitress': New Broadway musical to launch national tour in Cleveland's Playhouse Square in 2017 by Andrea Simakis

"Waitress" to serve up sweet sounds to Cleveland audiences in October 2107.

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Friday, April 22, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Cleveland Play House names first African-American to major artistic post by Andrea Simakis

Versatile theater artist Robert Barry Fleming joins the Cleveland Play House as associate artistic director

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Vintage Cleveland theaters: From the 1850s to Playhouse Square by Laura Demarco, The Plain Dealer

The curtain is rising again on the 1927 built Variety Theatre on the west side, closed in the 1980s. Many other classic Cleveland theaters weren't so lucky. Here's a vintage Cleveland theate…

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Move, members, move: Alvin Ailey Dance Theater en route to Cleveland for three shows (preview) by Zachary Lewis

For its first appearances in Cleveland since 2012, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater has planned a veritable feast of dance: three different programs showcasing a huge variety of new and recent work…

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

'The Good Peaches' at Cleveland Play House New Ground Theatre Festival need more time on the tree by Andrea Simakis

In the three-day, blink-and-you'll-miss-it run of "The Good Peaches" written by Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes, a small team of actors shared the Allen Thea…

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