Sunday, March 1, 2015

Playhouse Square Partners 24th annual Jump Back Ball, Jump Back to the Future (photo gallery): Kristel's CLE by Kristel Hartshorn, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Playhouse Square Partners held their 24th annual Jump Back Ball at State Theatre on Saturday, February 28 with a 1,000 guests in attendance.

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Watch Playhouse Square travel back in time for 24th annual Jump Back Ball (video): Kristel's CLE by Kristel Hartshorn, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Watch the 24th annual Jump Back Ball--Jump Back to the Future presented by PlayhouseSquare Partners celebrate another sold out event at the State Theatre on Saturday, February 28.

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Near West Theatre takes center stage with debut of new home (photos) by James Ewinger, The Plain Dealer

Near West Theater unveils its sparkling new home.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Eleanor Bergstein wants you to have the time of your life at the live stage version of 'Dirty Dancing,' now headed to Cleveland by Andrea Simakis

"I was a teenage mambo queen, which was our alternate title if we lost 'Dirty Dancing.' " says Eleanor Bergstein, who wrote the screenplay for the 1987 smash. (In case people thoug…

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Great Lakes Theater aims to keep us on the edge of our seats with the classic thriller 'Dial "M" for Murder' by Andrea Simakis

Set in the chic confines of the Wendices' London flat, "Dial 'M,' " - immortalized on-screen in 1954 by Alfred Hitchcock, and in 3-D, no less - positively oozes with glamour and er…

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Monday, February 23, 2015

'Dial 'M' for Murder' headlines Cleveland theater openings for week of Feb. 23: On the Boards by Andrea Simakis

"Dial 'M' for Murder" and "Philadelphia Story" open this week in Playhouse Square.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Verb Ballets has three winners on its hands with variations on Graham's 'Lamentation' (review) by Special To The Plain Dealer

The highlight of Verb Ballets' presentation Saturday night at the Breen Center in Cleveland was a set of three new variations on Martha Graham's "Lamentation" conceived by contempo…

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Opera Circle taking family-friendly approach with new production of 'Don Pasquale' by Zachary Lewis

With Opera Circle's new production of Donizetti's "Don Pasquale," the only person likely to be offended is the title character himself, at the end of the comic story.

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Two feuding Irish brothers strip emotions to the bone in None Too Fragile Theater's 'The Lonesome West' by Andrea Simakis

The None Too Fragile production of "The Lonesome West" is some of the best theater you'll see this season. But be warned: Potato chips, household appliances and organized religion …

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Monday, February 16, 2015

'Mark Twain Tonight!' headlines Cleveland theater openings for week of Feb. 16: On the Boards by Andrea Simakis

Hal Holbrook brings Mark Twain to life at the Connor Palace at Playhouse Square.

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Olde Towne Hall Theatre presents "Children of Eden" by Olde Towne Hall Theatre

Olde Towne Hall Theatre presents the musical "Children of Eden". It is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children freely…

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Brisk pacing, great casting enliven the Karamu Theatre production of 'Joe Turner's Come and Gone' by Andrea Simakis

"Joe Turner's Come and Gone," directed with a sure hand and a winning coach's eye for team building by Terrence Spivey, is as skillfully rendered and solid as the oak trim around t…

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10 memorable Hal Holbrook performances by Mark Dawidziak, The Plain Dealer

While Hal Holbrook is widely associated with playing Mark Twain in his landmark one-man show, the Cleveland native is infinitely more than just a one-role actor. Here are just 10 non-Twain f…

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Cleveland native Hal Holbrook turning 90 and still adding to his Mark Twain show by Mark Dawidziak, The Plain Dealer

Cleveland native Hal Holbrook brings the acclaimed one-man show "Mark Twain Tonight!" to the Connor Palace stage on Saturday, February 21.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Inlet Dance Theatre merges movement and worship in workshop for Sacred Dance (slideshow) by Gus Chan, The Plain Dealer

When Inlet Dance was asked to run a sacred dance workshop, it raised and interesting question in the mind of dancer Joshua Brown,  "How do I share my artwork in the place I wor…

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Indians CEO Dolan sees renewal of Cuyahoga County's cigarette tax for the arts as a way to spur growth by Steven Litt

Indians CEO and Chairman Paul Dolan joined the leadership of a campaign to renew Cuyahoga County's cigarette tax for arts and culture because he views it as a way to stimulate growth of the …

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Powerful pipes and sizzling chemistry get the blood pumping in the Beck Center's musical 'Dogfight' by Andrea Simakis

Precision performances - Broadway quality and better - are what give this love story its real bite.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

None Too Fragile Theater's 'The Lonesome West' headlines Northeast Ohio theater openings for week of Feb. 9: On the Boards by Andrea Simakis

None Too Fragile Theater brings Martin McDonagh's "The Lonesome West" to Northeast Ohio and "Love Letters" hits the boards at Dobama Theatre for one night only.

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Great Lakes Theater to headline its 2015-16 season with 'King Lear' and 'The Fanatasticks' by Andrea Simakis

Next May, Great Lakes Theater will bring "The Fantasticks" back to Cleveland as the sixth and final offering of its 2015-16 season.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Dance-loving sisters aim to shake up Cleveland dance scene with The Movement Project by Zachary Lewis

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland may soon regain hub status, through the medium of dance. Should the sisters behind The Movement Project realize their vision, the city could soon be a haven -- p…

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Veteran players, dazzling acrobatics smooth out the rough edges of a reimagined 'Pippin' at Playhouse Square by Andrea Simakis

Like human special effects, the seven acrobats defy gravity (a woman balances on one foot atop a man's head) and move in reverse (a man flies backward through a hula hoop) . . . They are &qu…

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

'Fire on the Water,' Cleveland Public Theatre's fourth 'Elements Cycle' play, suffers from a case of rising damp by Andrea Simakis

Though "Fire on the Water" has moments of weirdness that spark into true inspiration, most of the time, the show is all wet, comically cloying and preachy or designed for children …

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Beck Center for the Arts' 'Dogfight' headlines Cleveland theater openings for week of Feb. 2: On the Boards by Andrea Simakis

The regional premiere of "Dogfight" the musical, featuring talent from the Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Program, opens Beck Center for the Arts.

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Pilobolus exudes strength with every step of show at Playhouse Square (review) by Zachary Lewis

No matter that some pieces on Pilobolus's program Saturday night at Playhouse Square were more potent conceptually than others. The troupe still wowed with every step.

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Those 'Five Guys Named Moe' are as hot as July in new Cleveland Play House production (review) by Andrea Simakis

The five guys of the title, a collection of acrobatic, swivel-hipped young things, did their best to roast people alive in their seats at the Allen Theatre on opening night.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

John Rubinstein, the original Pippin, remembers Bob Fosse, Broadway's first TV ad and Irene Ryan bringing down the house by Andrea Simakis

Rubinstein was 25, a year older than composer Stephen Schwartz, who penned the show's music and lyrics, when the curtain rose on "Pippin" at the Imperial Theatre in October of 1972.

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Hula hoops, acrobats and one trapeze-loving granny: Broadway's 'Pippin' revival heads to Playhouse Square by Andrea Simakis

In "Pippin," acrobats dangle from trapezes some 15 feet above the stage, shimmy up and down poles that disappear into the rafters and perform precarious balancing acts on everythin…

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Subtle, deft character work and crackling chemistry make for gripping theater in Dobama's 'Slowgirl' by Andrea Simakis

In Sterling and Becky, playwright Greg Pierce has delivered cocooned humans who peel back layer after layer as the play progresses, and Dobama's actors prove expert at the emotional striptea…

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Cleveland Public Theatre's 'Fire on the Water' headlines Cleveland theater openings for week of Jan. 26: On the Boards by Andrea Simakis

Cleveland Public Theatre's "Fire on the Water," Ensemble Theatre's "Thurgood" and Cleveland Play House's "Five Guys Named Moe" are coming to a stage near you th…

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Plays by Cleveland-area talents George Brant and Rajiv Joseph to open off-Broadway this spring by Andrea Simakis

George Brant's "Grounded" opens at the Public Theater starring Anne Hathaway in April and Rajiv Joseph's "The Guards at the Taj" premieres at the Atlantic Theater Company…

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Cleveland Play House named one of the top 10 regional theaters in the nation by Fodor's Travel by Andrea Simakis

Fodor's cited the theater's 100th anniversary in 2015, its 1,300 productions seen by more than 12 million people, and its historic move to Playhouse Square's Allen Theatre complex in 2011.

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