Sunday, June 25, 2017

AN IMPENDING RUPUTURE OF THE BELLY


none-too-fragile
June 23-July 8, 2017
330-962-5547 or www.nontoofragile.com

Bob Abelman
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here.

Roy Berko
 

“An Impending Rupture of the Belly,” which gets a fine production, should be seen by anyone interested in experiencing outstanding acting coupled with a challenging and thought provoking script.

To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Kerry Clawson
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.

Howard Gollop
No review yet.

Mark Horning
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.


Christine Howey
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's blog Rave and Pan
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at  Cleveland Scene

Laura KennellyNo review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Laura's posts at Cool Cleveland.

David Ritchey
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read David's posts at Talkin' Broadway

Andrea Simakis
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit Cleveland.com here.
 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS A new musical @ State Theatre







State Theatre--Key Bank Series
June 20, 2017-July 09, 2017
216-241-6000 or www.playhousesquare.org

Bob Abelman
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here.

Roy Berko


My Broadway review of “An American In Paris, A New Musical,” stated that it was “a visual, dance-driven Broadway story-telling creation that is gorgeous, enchanting, seamless and sophisticated.” Though I won’t go raise the banner as high for the touring production, I will say that it is a very, very pleasing and “’S Wonderful” evening of theater.

To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Kerry Clawson

"An American in Paris," whose national tour is now playing at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, is a glorious ballet musical full of intoxicating romance and stunning visuals.
This show, created from the beloved music of George Gershwin and brilliant dances by director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, makes you believe in love at first sight.

To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.

Howard Gollop

The real star of the show, the one commanding virtually every scene, is Bob Crowley, who designed sets and costumes.  A mix of animated computer projections that function and move like set pieces and set pieces that function and move like computer projections (operated by the dancers themselves), the stage erupts in painterly gorgeousness.

Mark Horning
Can America’s favorite musical movie be improved upon in a Broadway stage production? The answer is a resounding YES! While some fans of the movie may be confused by the differences, this new story line packs more romance, sex and sizzle as you are whisked along with the sounds of the beautiful Gershwin tunes providing the musical glue that holds this show together. ‘S Wonderful.         
To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.


Christine Howey
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's blog Rave and Pan
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at  Cleveland Scene

Laura Kennelly
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Laura's posts at Cool Cleveland.

David Ritchey
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read David's posts at Talkin' Broadway

Andrea Simakis
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit Cleveland.com here.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

9 TO 5 @ PORTHOUSE THEATRE



Through July 1, 2017
(330) 929-4416 or (330) 672-3884



Bob Abelman


Porthouse Theatre’s woefully out-of-date ‘9 to 5’ undermines as it entertains.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here.

Roy Berko


“9 to 5,” which opened Porthouse Theatre’s 49th season, has neither a great script, nor a wonderful score, but, never-the-less, is an audience-pleaser.  The sold out opening night audience was on its feet at the end, screaming and clapping their delight proving once again that Artistic Director Terri Kent knows her intended audience.

To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Kerry Clawson

"9 to 5" was a goofy yet fun and popular movie when it came out in 1980 ... But it does not translate well into a musical today.
The 2009 musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by co-screenwriter Patricia Resnick, feels uncomfortably artificial for the whole first act at Porthouse Theatre. The characters border on caricatures, most of the songs are simplistic and unmemorable, and the lyrics are very basic rather than clever.

To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.

Mark Horning


Pack a nice picnic dinner with a good bottle of chilled wine and some iced soda for the children and spend an enjoyable summer evening under the stars as your cares melt away. Porthouse Theatre is a delightful summer break from the pressure and hubbub of life. It’s an ideal family sharing time and a great way to introduce your young family to live theater.

To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.

Christine Howey
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's blog Rave and Pan
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at  Cleveland Scene

Laura Kennelly
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Laura's posts at Cool Cleveland.

David Ritchey
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read David's posts at Talkin' Broadway

Saturday, June 17, 2017

CAROUSEL @ MERCURY THEATRE COMPANY


Through June 24, 2017
(216) 771-5862
http://www.mercurytheatrecompany.org/carousel-tickets.html

Bob Abelman


The result of Mercury’s efforts is a delicate telling of a Rodgers and Hammerstein masterpiece that taps all the things that made it so.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here.



THE MIRACLE WORKER @ OBERLIN SUMMER THEATRE FESTIVAL




Through July 30, 2017
(440) 775-8169 
Or http://www.oberlinsummertheaterfestival.com/get-tickets/

Roy Berko
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Kerry Clawson
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.

Howard Gollop
No review yet.

Mark Horning
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.

Christine Howey
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's blog Rave and Pan
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at  Cleveland Scene

Laura KennellyNo review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Laura's posts at Cool Cleveland.
David Ritchey
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read David's posts at Talkin' Broadway

Andrea Simakis
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit Cleveland.com here.

HOW TO BE A RESPECTABLE JUNKIE @ DOBAMA THEATRE



Through July 2, 2017
(216) 932-3396


Roy Berko

“How to Be A Respectable Junkie” is a special evening of theater.  Superb acting, within the confines of a meaningful script, it grabs and holds the audience’s attention.  This is absolute must be seen theater for anyone who goes to be informed, to share in a real experience, to see that there may be light at the end of a tunnel, while observing a master class in acting.  
 
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Mark Horning

Every so often a show comes along that hits with the intensity of a car wreck. This is such a show with no punches being pulled. At times humorous to counter balance the raw nerve intensity it is a stark look at a national epidemic that shows no sign of weakening. As brutal as it is, this is must see theater.

To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.

Christine Howey

The ending, well-meaning though it is, is way too pat. But most of Junkie is right on the mark, showing us earthlings how it feels to be stuck on the business end of those deadly needles.

To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's blog Rave and Pan
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at  Cleveland Scene

Laura Kennelly
 No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Laura's posts at Cool Cleveland.

Andrea Simakis

"Christopher Bohan is Brian, a heroin addict, in the world premiere of "How to be a Respectable Junkie" at Dobama Theatre.  The one-man play by Greg Vovos is based on the real-life experiences of Craig, a former junkie who now helps others detox and stay clean.  "Heroin is kind of like this big wall," he says.  "It allows you to feel nothing, and that's why a lot of people use it.  They don't want to feel bad and they'll literally sacrifice feeling good to feel nothing."  The greatest gift of "How to be a Respectable Junkie" is that once you've seen it, the thought of his annihilation is almost impossible to bear.

To see a full preview of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit Cleveland.com here.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE @ BLANK CANVAS


Through June 24, 2017
(440) 941-0458

Roy Berko

Comedian Steve Martin has written a thought-provoking, clever script which gets a less than stellar production.  It’s not bad, just not what it could be.
 
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Mark Horning

At times gently humorous, the show is a great idea in a desperate search of a solid identity (imagine Hamlet as an underdone madcap comedy). It is a work that could easily be viewed with one eye closed if indeed you’re willing to put forth that much effort. While the acting is for the most part competent, some of the match-ups are off-kilter. In short it seems to be a tongue in cheek look at the pretentiousness of the intellectual community. Buy a ticket and see for yourself.  
   
To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.



Saturday, June 3, 2017

REALLY REALLY @ THE BECK CENTER FOR THE ARTS


Through July 2, 2017
(216) 521-2540

Bob Abelman

“Really Really” had a twice-extended run Off-Broadway in 2013.  It will not be surprising if the Beck Center production follows suit.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here.

Roy Berko

“Really Really” is “murder” mystery without a dead body, but still asks, “Who did it?”  The cast is well-selected and each person effectively textures their role.  The result is a production which sparks with intensity, sucking the viewer into an experience which is edgy, shocking and thought-provoking.  It’s a must see for anyone interested in thoughtful and well-conceived theater.
 
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Mark Horning


For those who like their drama ripped right out of the pages of social media as frank discussion about sex, binge drinking, abuse and manipulation run rampant during the roughly two hours of stage time this is your play. If on the other hand you prefer light comedies and musicals you may wish to reconsider seeing this show. This production is graphic to say the least but it will hold your attention.
To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.

Christine Howey

Ultimately, there are no easy answers provided in this piece, which is so often the case in incidents where allegations of rape are involved. 

To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at  Cleveland Scene

Laura Kennelly

Getting drunk, casual sex, self-interest, lying and manipulation all play a part in Paul Downs Colaizzo’s Really, Really, the latest Beck Center Studio Theater offering. The play, which premiered at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia in 2012, is directed by Donald Carrier. It’s pretty much a “He said/She said” story where the truth may not ever be fully figured out. Both major witnesses — in other words, the couple who may or may not have had sex, sex which may or may not have been consensual — have reasons to lie.

To see a full review of this show, read Laura's posts at Cool Cleveland or on her blog at artstillmatters.com.

RED ASH MOSAIC @ CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE



Through June 17, 2017
(216) 631-2727

Bob Abelman

In the world of collaboratively devised and exploratory theater, Raymond Bobgan is the artist of note.  He is surrounded by exceptionally talented and fully committed performers.  And the quality of “Red Ash Mosaic” is superb.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here.

Mark Horning

Don’t even try to figure out the core themes of this production. You will have as much luck figuring out the title. This is theater for those wishing for a taste of “trippy hippy” theater. Come for the ride and enjoy a healthy dose of way out there stage craft. Some will love it and rave for months; others will see the emperor in his tidy whities and wonder what all the fuss is about. See the show and decide for yourself.

To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.

Christine Howey


Bobgan and his troupe are exploring huge ideas with fierce theatrical imagination and a rippling physicality, which is a lot more than you can say about most plays.

To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's blog Rave and Pan
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at  Cleveland Scene



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

INDUSTRIAL VALLEY @ NEW WOLD PERFORMANCE LAB


Through May 28, 2017

(330) 867-3299


Kerry Clawson

The artists of New World Performance Lab have created a rich multi­media production that brings audiences into the heart and soul of Akron’s labor movement from 1932-1936.  The original work, "Industrial Valley," devised by NWPL’s company of seven with director James Slowiak, is based on the 1939 book of the same name by Ruth McKenney, who was a Beacon Journal reporter in 1933-34. The vibrant, one-of-a-kind play continues its world premiere this weekend at Balch Street Theatre in Akron.

To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.



Sunday, May 21, 2017

MASSACRE (SING TO YOUR CHILDREN) @ CONVERGENCE CONTINUUM


Through June 10, 2017
(216) 687-0074

Bob Abelman

It’s impossible not to appreciate con-con’s willingness to take on a show with such a high degree of difficulty and risk.  But you also wish they were better equipped to soar on the take-offs and stick their landings.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here.

Roy Berko


“Massacre (Sing to Your Children)” is an abstract play whose meaning will depend on an individual’s views of the world, and their willingness to search for the author’s intent and purpose.  This is a script and production for playgoers who like to probe for ideas with no need for clarity of ideas or outcomes.

Christine Howey
You need to love a theater that will go out on a limb and produce a play with this kind of fierce point of view and risk-taking nature, even if it doesn’t quite hang together.

To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at  Cleveland Scene





To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

INCORRUPTIBLE @ CLAGUE PLAYHOUSE



Through June 4, 2017

(440) 331-0403

https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=cplay
Photo Courtesy of Clague Playhouse

WORTH NOTING: 
In order to bring attention to local productions of merit at theaters that are not on the Cleveland Critics Circle’s approved list, members of the Circle who attend a community or educational theater production that is perceived as of high quality will have the option of listing that production on the CCC blogsite.  This review falls into that category.

Bob Abelman (reviewed for the CJN by community theater critic Eric Kish)

Dark Ages Catholicism is not often associated with anything remotely comical.  But thanks to Michael Hollinger’s clever 1996 farce “Incorruptible,” that comedic gap has been bridged and Clague Playhouse’s current production of the show, directed by Tyson Douglas Rand, is something of a blessing.

To see a full review of this show, go to here.

Mark Horning

Billed as a dark comedy (with more emphasis on the former than the latter)…“that will have audiences asking for mercy while rolling in the aisles with laughter” simply did not deliver as promised on opening night. Hopefully as the cast gets a show or two under their belts the comedic timing will sharpen up and the show will become the promised potential laugh riot.

To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

THINGS AS THEY ARE @ PLAYWRIGHT"S LOCAL



Through May 28, 2017
(216) 302-8850
Or http://playwrightslocal.org/
Artwork Courtesy of Playwright's Local

Bob Abelman

Despite director Anjanette Hall’s best efforts, it is often hard to distinguish between the playwright’s efforts to use Stevens’ abstract ideas and radiant lyricism as key elements in the storytelling and the creative choices governed by budgetary constraints or simple oversight. 

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here.

Roy Berko

As a play in process, “Things As They Are” needs to be reexamined with an eye for sharpening and tightening the dialogue and ascertaining whether all the visual and audio stimuli are necessary to tell the tale.  For those who like to see new works, to discuss and add in-put into the development process, Playwrights Local and this play offer that opportunity.
 
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.


Christine Howey
Todd and Hall and their team have many ideas at work here, and their dedication to the subject matter is evident throughout. But it would all work better if the extraneous staging effects were trimmed, the audience brought in closer, and the script tightened to concentrate more on Stevens’ works. 

To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at  Cleveland Scene


David Ritchie

“Things as They Are” brings audiences some wonderful things as they were.  The story moves through Wallace Stevens’ life from the poet as a young man to the mature (dying) Stevens. Jason Markouc (Young Wallace Stevens) and Robert Hawkes (Mature Wallace Stevens) are excellent in their respective roles. The script and Anjanette Hall (Director) permit the audience to watch Stevens grow and mature from a young man to a mature and then old and dying man. The character slowly modulates through life.

To see a full review of this show, read David's posts at Talkin' Broadway

Saturday, May 13, 2017

THESE MORTAL HOSTS @ CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE



Through May 20, 2017
(216) 241-6000
Photo Courtesy Of Cleveland Play House


Bob Abelman

New Ground’s ‘These Mortal Hosts’ offers a fresh twist on an old tale.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here.

Christine Howey

In this 100-minute one-act, three average people have had their bodies annexed by some force that they can’t control. And we’re not talking about a craving for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups here because these unseen forces are pretty serious.

To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's blog Rave and Pan
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at  Cleveland Scene



Thursday, May 4, 2017

SALVAGE @ NONE TOO FRAGILE



Through May 20, 2017
(330) 671-4563
Roy Berko


“Salvage,” continues none-too-fragile’s history of outstanding theatrical presentations as it takes George Brant’s well-crafted script from page to stage, with clarity and vividness.  This is a must see experience!  Believe me, Clevelanders, it’s worth the drive!

To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Kerry Clawson

"Salvage" is a three-woman character study that reveals moments of sheer desperation in a family basement.  In this drama by award-winning Cleveland Heights playwright George Brant, mother Roberta (DeDe Klein) and daughter Kelly (Kelly Strand) are going through dead son/brother Danny’s belongings. At None Too Fragile in Akron, "Salvage" has a sense of urgency from the start as we hear a storm brewing outside and the women rush to sort through Danny’s prized possessions before an expected flood.

To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.

Andrea Simakis

There are lots of reasons to recommend "Savage"--It's an engrossing well-acted show; The play features an all female cast; It is written by George Brant.

To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit Cleveland.com here.

MARY POPPINS @ NEAR WEST THEATRE



Through May 21, 2017
(216) 961-6391
Or http://www.nearwesttheatre.org/pages/tickets
Photo courtesy of Near West Theatre


WORTH NOTING: 
In order to bring attention to local productions of merit at theaters that are not on the Cleveland Critics Circle’s approved list, members of the Circle who attend a community or educational theater production that is perceived as of high quality will have the option of listing that production on the CCC blogsite.  This review falls into that category.


Mark Horning

By definition, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious simply means fantastic, wonderful and extraordinarily good. The same can be said of the Near West Theatre production of Mary Poppins. The show has it all…huge dance numbers…tender moments…wonderful singing…laugh out loud moments…and most important, a flying Mary Poppins. This is sure to be a sellout throughout its run as it is the best theater value in town. No spoonful of sugar is needed for this show. It is sweet enough on its own.

To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.




FOREVER PLAID @ GREAT LAKES THEATER


Through May 21, 2017
(216) 241-6000

Bob Abelman

Currently on the Great Lakes Theater stage under Victoria Bussert’s direction is the corny and contrived “Forever Plaid,” sans the brand equity that typically accompanies productions by Cleveland’s classic company and without the ingenuity typical of its top-tier director.   

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's review here.

Roy Berko


Forever Plaid “is an escapist evening of theater, which is a pleasant trip back to yesterday, when clean-scrubbed boy singers waxed beautifully about the angst of young love, trips of fantasy and the mini-stresses of life.  If you like that kind of thing, this is a show for you.

To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Mark Horning

Forever Plaid is a delightful nostalgic night out where those who remember “Sunday Nights at 7” can relive some wonderful memories. The vocal harmonies are spot on and the continuous patter a delight. This is a feel good musical that everyone will enjoy.

To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.

Christine Howey

If you love those close-harmony boy singing groups crooning “Shangri-la” and reliving the Eisenhower era, fire up your Rascal and head on down to East 14th Street. 

To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's blog Rave and Pan
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at  Cleveland Scene

Laura Kennelly


Great Lakes Theater signs off the current season with Forever Plaid, a Stuart Ross and James Raitt musical directed by Victoria Bussert. It’s a sweetly nostalgic look at 1950s pop music and early ’60s quartets (Four Freshman, etc.) through the eyes of the Plaids, four young men who were on their way (maybe) to fame and fortune in 1963. Alas, they died when their car collided with a bus full of Catholic school girls...But wait! Here they are, each bearing a lit candle down the stairs as they enter the Hanna Theatre with a stage waiting in readiness for them (each mic covered with a tiny white shroud), an audience looking at them, expecting a show. Is it heaven or hell or purgatory or merely a waiting station before the next stage?

To see a full review of this show, read Laura's posts at Cool Cleveland.
To see a full review of this show you may also read Laura Kennelly's blog 



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

THE NORTH POOL @ Ensemble



The North Pool
April 28-May 21, 2017
tickets:  www.ensembletheatreCLE.org or 216-321-2930

Bob Abelman

While the small confines of the vice principal’s office makes for an intense evening of theater, it can also be argued that playwright Rajiv Joseph has set his sights so small as to keep this interesting play from becoming particularly intriguing.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here.

Roy Berko


While the production is well-conceived and holds attention, “The North Pool” is somewhat unsatisfying as a thoughtful piece of play crafting.  The script leaves us wanting more, a clearer message to carry from the theatre.

To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Mark Horning


Set in real time, The North Pool shows in detail what could be considered a life changing segment in two men’s lives. It also shows how faulty data can lead to snap judgments that could lead to negative consequences much later on in people’s lives. This show is well drawn and well acted.

To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.


Friday, April 28, 2017

GOOSETOWN @ NEW WORLD PERFORMANCE LAB



April 28, 29 & 30 and May 26, 27 & 28, 2017
(330) 867-3299
Or devilsmilk.bpt.me
Kerry Clawson

"Goosetown" is the result of an ambitious two-year project to create an original musical steeped in Akron’s rubber history, set in 1913 when the city’s booming factories drew thousands of immigrants and out-of-state workers. ... Six of the seven characters have a tragedy or cross to bear. But Buck has created essentially six separate story lines that run simultaneously, and although these stories intersect, we don’t often feel their characters connecting on a deep level. Goosetown has gone through several workshops and many revisions, but these separate stories could still stand to be streamlined and simplified.

To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.



Thursday, April 27, 2017

SOMETHING ROTTEN @ PLAYHOUSE SQUARE



Through May 14, 2017
(216) 241-6000

Bob Abelman


“Something Rotten!” is the kind of big, boisterous and brassy musical theatergoers think about when the word “Broadway” is mentioned.  This tour meets all expectations and is an absolute treat to watch.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here.

Roy Berko


“Something Rotten” is a theatrical treat…a wonderfully conceived and performed musical farce.  Anyone who wants to go to the theater and have a great time, unburdened by a complicated plot, listen to fun lyrics, see dynamic dancing and experience two acts of non-stop laughter…this is the must see musical!

To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Kerry Clawson

There are so many hilarious musical theater references cleverly enfolded into the wacky "Something Rotten!" — in both sly and obvious fashion — this show is a musical theater lover’s dream.  Doubling the laughs are the creative ways in which book writers Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell and lyricists Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick ingeniously weave the great words of the Bard into this wholly original musical, which brings together the 1595 world of Shakespeare with the many joys of the Great White Way.

To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.

Howard Gollop

The show erupts into all — and I mean ALL — the show-biz pastiches --Tin Pan Alley to hip hop -- incessantly making references to virtually every Broadway musical ever written to go with it.
Trouble is, there really is nowhere new to go after the first showstopper production number early in the first act — hence, an onslaught of more showstoppers and more allusions to more Broadway musicals.  The touring production has more-than-acceptable Broadway luster — creating a smashing evening on the town. Yes, it may be decent Broadway, but it sure ain’t Shakespeare.


Mark Horning

Everything you have heard about this show is true. It is a fast pace, highly energetic, extraordinarily funny huge hit that everyone will want to see. Half of the fun is discovering all of the Broadway references sprinkled throughout the show. You are guaranteed to leave the theater laughing.
    
To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.

Laura Kennelly


‘Tis a happy occasion for the provinces (AKA Cleveland, to put it in Elizabethan style) when [Broadway] Royalty visits. And, make no mistake, Something Rotten! offers a very very happy occasion--it’s one of the best new musicals around. The National Touring Company of  Something Rotten! (the Broadway show closed January 1st) brings rich and silly merriment to the Connor Palace.
To see a full review of this show see Laura Kennelly's blog at artstillmatters.com
To see a full review of this show, read Laura's posts at Cool Cleveland.