Monday, March 30, 2015

'Extremities' headlines Cleveland theater openings for week of March 30: On the Boards by Andrea Simakis

"Extremities" at Blank Canvas Theatre and Theater Ninjas' "The Grand Celebration of the Celestial Mystery" open in Cleveland this weekend.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Ground Theatre Festival at Cleveland Play House to feature Eric Coble world premiere, Ken Ludwig reading by Andrea Simakis

CPH's New Ground Theatre Festival will take place May 6-16 inside the Allen Theatre complex in Playhouse Square.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dobama Theatre 2015-16 lineup features Tony darling 'Peter and the Starcatcher,' absurdist Broadway gem 'The Realistic Joneses' and a runway ready 'Ma by Andrea Simakis

Dobama Theatre brings Jesse Eisenberg's "The Revisionist" and more to Cleveland for its 2015-16 season.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Facts behind legend: 'Jesus Christ Superstar' star Ted Neeley's manager David Spero provides fun facts by Michael Heaton

Cleveland's David Spero has been managing Ted Neeley for almost a decade. So, naturally, he would know fascinating facts about the man who's played Jesus thousands of times in "Jesus Ch…

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'Jesus Christ Superstar': Ted Neeley talks about the role that changed his career, life by Michael Heaton

Ted Neeley has played the role of Jesus in "Jesus Christ Superstar" thousands of times. Now, 42 years since the film was released, a remastered version will be screened at Clevelan…

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'Teacher of the Year' - sweet, gonzo comedy offers a hall pass to laughs: Cleveland International Film Festival 2015 by Andrea Simakis

"Teacher of the Year" is a grade above most high school comedies that trade on sexualized teens, a laugh-out-loud, sweetly-irreverent-but-never-raunchy look at education from the i…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Adam Rapp's new novel 'Know Your Beholder' is a comic masterwork by Michael Heaton

His mom has died from cancer. His wife has left him for another, more promising man and for a hip, new life in New York City. His on-the-verge indie rock band has imploded. Francis Falbo has…

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Convergence-Continuum's 'Isaac's Eye' asks why Sir Isaac Newton stuck a needle in his eye. (Review) by Andrea Simakis

Isaac Newton Newton stuck a needle in his eye - sliding it into the tear duct, to be exact - but no one knows why. "Isaac's Eye is playwright Lucas Hnath's fanciful attempt to answer th…

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Groundworks DanceTheater alights on a winner with Civil War dance 'House of Sparrows' (review) by Special To The Plain Dealer

A striking collaboration between Groundworks DanceTheater, the Aeolus Quartet, composer Steven Snowden, and other artists, the new "House of Sparrows" dance presented Saturday amou…

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'Lend Me a Tenor' headlines Cleveland theater openings for week of March 23: On the Boards by Andrea Simakis

'Lend Me a Tenor' opens this weekend at the Beck Center for the Arts.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

'Move On!' - Near West Theatre says goodbye to its historic space with laughter, tears and one fabulous drag queen: Cleveland International Film Festi by Andrea Simakis

The young actors of Near West Theatre hug and cry and emote on a dime. They are dream subjects, theatrical on and off the stage.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cleveland Play House 2015-16 centennial lineup features Ken Ludwig's world-premiere 'A Comedy of Tenors,' Rajiv Joseph's 'Mr. Wolf' and more by Andrea Simakis

Two-time Tony Award winner Ken Ludwig, celebrated actor and director Austin Pendleton and playwright Rajiv Joseph, a Pulitzer Prize finalist from Cleveland Heights are just some of the talen…

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

'WildLike'; gorgeous, moving film follows a troubled teen into the Alaskan wilderness: Cleveland International Film Festival 2015 by Andrea Simakis

"WildLike" is a taut, emotional drama rich with subtle performances and an exquisite turn by British actress Ella Purnell ""Never Let Me Go" and "Maleficent&quo…

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Monday, March 16, 2015

"Isaac's Eye" headlines Cleveland theater openings for week of March 16: On the Boards by Andrea Simakis

"Isaac's Eye" opens at Convergence-Continuum this weekend.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Playhouse Square gets $3 million Gund Foundation gift to restore Ohio Theatre lobby (vintage photos) by Joanna Connors

When the Playhouse Square Foundation embarked 33 years ago on what became the reclamation of the district's five theaters, the Ohio Theatre auditorium was the first space to be restored. Its…

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Cedar Lee Theatre hosts new dance-themed documentary, 'Ballet 422' by Zachary Lewis

"Ballet 422," a new documentary tracing the development of a new work at New York City Ballet, opens at Cedar Lee Theatre Friday, March 13 and runs through Thursday, March 19.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Murky motives, deft acting and a killer script make for a tour de force 'Becky Shaw' at Dobama Theatre by Andrea Simakis

Gina Gionfriddo's Becky Shaw is both victim and destroyer, ruinous and ruined, a woman trying to hide her damage behind a frozen, first-date smile.

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Ballet in Cleveland gala showcasing stars dedicated to spreading love of dance by Zachary Lewis

Jessica Wallis, director of Ballet in Cleveland, didn't just invite anyone to headline her group's gala Friday. She asked Misty Copeland, Carlos Lopez and Michele Wiles, luminaries who boast…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Karamu's world-premiere production of 'The Mighty Scarabs!' is a triumph of pointed writing and powerful acting by Andrea Simakis

"The Mighty Scarabs!" is a skillful collision of reality and fiction, a funny, lyrical and mournful exploration of what happens to hardwood stars. boys feted as heroes by blacks an…

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Monday, March 9, 2015

'Possum Dreams' off-Broadway preview headlines Northeast Ohio theater openings for week of March 9: On the Boards by Andrea Simakis

Catch "Possum Dreams" at Akron's None Too Fragile Theater this weekend before the show heads to new York for its off-Broadway premiere.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

'Dirty Dancing' at Playhouse Square is loud, broad, brassy - and like the movie, virtually critic-proof by Andrea Simakis

At times, "Dirty Dancing" takes on a playful new life onstage, winkingly exploiting its irresistibly cheesy charm.

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'The Pianist of Willesden Lane' at the Cleveland Play House is a moving tribute to the children saved from the Holocaust by Andrea Simakis

Much of this moving, never less-than-engrossing play "The Pianist of Willesden Lane" that opened at the Allen Theatre Wednesday is told in the minor key -- sad, yes, but also haunt…

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

'Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage' brings movie to life at Playhouse Square (video): Kristel's CLE by Kristel Hartshorn, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Watch fans of the "Dirty Dancing" movie share their excitement about the classic film coming to life on stage at Playhouse Square's Connor Theatre through Sunday, March 22.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Compagnie Kafig brings Brazilian street moves to DanceCleveland series by Zachary Lewis

Compagnie Kafig, coming to Playhouse Square Saturday on the DanceCleveland series, is a troupe of men from Brazil sporting a blend of hip-hop, Capoeira, acrobatics, and sheer physicality.

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Great Lakes Theater's 'Dial "M" for Murder' gleams, but there's too little life beneath the surface sheen by Andrea Simakis

Though director Charles Fee delivers an elegant production buffed to a high shine, this "Dial 'M' " isn't as nimble as Knott's wily villain.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

"Dirty Dancing" headlines Cleveland theater openings for week of March 2: On the Boards by Andrea Simakis

"Dirty Dancing," "The Pianist of Willesden Lane," "Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays," "Becky Shaw" and "The Mighty Scarabs" ope…

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Fun costumes at Playhouse Square's Jump Back to the Future party (video): Kristel's CLE by Kristel Hartshorn, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Guests at the 24th annual Jump Back Ball Jump Back to the Future presented by PlayhouseSquare Partners had a room full of characters dressed like the 1980's sci-fi classic "Back to the …

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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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