Friday, June 24, 2016

Shakespeare's First Folio, from 1623, makes very rare tour stop in Cleveland by Laura Demarco, The Plain Dealer

The only site in Ohio for the nationwide tour of the "First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare" is the Cleveland Public Library.

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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

Choreographer Dianne McIntyre bolsters status as Cleveland treasure with Doris Duke Artist Award by Zachary Lewis

If any artist in Cleveland ranks as a national treasure, surely it's choreographer Dianne McIntyre. The Doris Duke Artist Award she received last month, the latest in a string of high-level …

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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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Ohio Light Opera getting into character for season of musical favorites and rare treats (preview) by Zachary Lewis

For its 2016 season beginning June 18, Ohio Light Opera has planned an eclectic mix of obscure works from deep within the German, French and American songbooks as well as first-time performa…

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Opera Circle hits a high note with restructured production of Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' (review) by Zachary Lewis

Saturday night at the Ohio Theatre, Opera Circle concluded its season with a new production of Verdi's "Il Trovatore," restructuring the work as a sequence of eight scenes that emp…

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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

Tony Awards 2016: What time will 'Hamilton' perform? TV schedule, nominees and more (photos) by Tim Warsinskey, The Plain Dealer

"Hamilton" and star Lin-Manuel Miranda will perform during the Tony Awards 2016, where Barbara Streisand and Oprah Winfrey also are to appear. Here are the TV schedule, nominees ar…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

'Making a Murderer' defense attorneys to speak in Cleveland on Steven Avery, Tamir Rice and legal system by Laura Demarco, The Plain Dealer

"Making a Murderer" defense attorneys Dean Strang and Jerry Buting will visit Playhouse Square to talk about the Avery case, the documentary and the legal system.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Opera Circle aiming high with season-finale production of 'Il Trovatore' at Ohio Theatre by Zachary Lewis

For its last production of the season, Cleveland's Opera Circle is expanding considerably, taking on a score -- Verdi's "Il Trovatore" -- that demands its utmost on every front.

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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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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Cleveland Opera Theater founder Andrea Anelli resigns citing 'untenable' situation by Zachary Lewis

Citing the creation of an environment in which it would be "impossible for me to continue," soprano and Cleveland Opera Theater founder Andrea Anelli this week announced that she h…

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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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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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