Sunday, May 12, 2019

CENTRAL CONCERN @ CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE



Through June 8, 2019
(216) 631-2727


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

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

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

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE @ BLANK CANVAS


Through June 1, 2019
(440) 941-0458

Bob Abelman

Blank Canvas rescues ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ from itself.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here or go to:  www.clevelandjewishnews.com/columnists/bob_abelman/

Roy Berko

“Little Miss Sunshine” is not a great musical script nor does it have a strong score.  The show’s farcical nature is a challenge for any cast and director.  In spite of a gallant effort, the Blank Canvas production just doesn’t work as well as it could have.  

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


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

TWO @ NONE TOO FRAGILE


Through May 31, 2019
(330) 671-4563



Bob Abelman


none too fragile’s ‘Two’ a master class in heartbreak.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here or go to:  www.clevelandjewishnews.com/columnists/bob_abelman/

Roy Berko


“Two” proves once again that none-too-fragile is the consistently best off-off Broadway in the Greater Cleveland area.  The quality of play choices, the prime acting and the spot-on directing, makes going to this venue a theatrical wonder.   


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

Kerry Clawson

The dramatic comedy “Two” is both sad and funny at None Too Fragile as married British pub owners welcome an array of personalities to their watering hole in the north of England.

In this two-hander directed by Sean Derry, expert actors Derdriu Ring and David Peacock portray not only the Landlady and Landlord, but also 12 other regulars at the bar ... Ring and Peacock, who are a joy to watch opposite each other, are chameleons as they create couples in multiple permutations.

 To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review at https://www.ohio.com/topics/clawson/.


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

Monday, May 6, 2019

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET @ GREAT LAKES THEATER



Through May 26, 2019
(216) 241-6000



Bob Abelman

Great Lakes Theater’s rock ‘n’ roll tribute ‘Million Dollar Quartet’
worth every penny.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here
or go to www.clevelandjewishnews.com/columnists/bob_abelman/

Roy Berko


MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is one of those enjoyable evenings of theatre.  It’s filled with great music and good enough performances that led to screaming, yelling, clapping, and multi-standing ovations given by the audience.  Yes, Memories Are Made of This!


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

Mark Horning


If your looking for a healthy dose of good ol’ Rock and Roll played with all of its original firecracker energy this is one show you will not want to miss. The cast has amazing chemistry that shines past the footlights clear back to the farthest seats. Million Dollar Quartet will have you rockin’ and rollin’ in the aisles. ROCK ON!

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


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

1776 @ OHIO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL



Through May 5, 2019
(330) 673-8761


Kerry Clawson

It’s great to see how funny America’s founding fathers can be. And, no, I’m not talking about “Hamilton” this time. I’m talking about the musical that came 46 years earlier — “1776.”  The 1969 musical, rarely produced in the Akron area, is now playing with a 27-member cast of excellent actors and fine singers at Ohio Shakespeare Festival.

To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review at https://www.ohio.com/topics/clawson/.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

WATER BY THE SPOONFUL @ ENSEMBLE THEATRE



Through May 19, 2019
 (216) 321-2930

Bob Abelman

Ensemble’s ‘Water by the Spoonful’ adds gravitas by the tbsp when a tsp would do.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here or go to www.clevelandjewishnews.com/columnists/bob_abelman/

Roy Berko

Pulitzer Prize winning “Water by the Spoonful” is a thought-provoking play which gives a clear picture of the horrors of addiction, the difficulty of overcoming its grip, and what it is to live with a force controlling you, instead of you controlling it.

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

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

THIS @ DOBAMA THEATRE


Through May 26, 2019
(216) 932-3396

Bob Abelman

Dobama finds the truth in ‘This,’ an engaging play about loss.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here or go to www.clevelandjewishnews.com/columnists/bob_abelman/

Roy Berko

Melissa James Gibson’s “This” is a realistic presentation of existence and the stumbles and needed adjustments that must be made as life progresses.  It gets a fine production at Dobama and is well-worth the 90-minutes sit.
 
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Mark Horning


Bits of comic relief bubble to the surface from time to time to give counter point to the harsh reality of mid-life survival as the under-noticed middle-agers of the world get some well deserved time under the lights. Well crafted, thoughtful and carefully written this play will give you pause to think about life, death your place in the universe and how it is the little things that make or break a relationship.

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

Andrea Simakis

In the end laughs outweigh the flab.  Ah well, no marriages--and very few plays--are perfect.

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

NATIVE GARDENS @ CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE



Through May 19, 2019
(216) 241-6000

Bob Abelman

Cleveland Play House’s ‘Native Gardens’ sprouts comedic catharsis.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here
or go to www.clevelandjewishnews.com/columnists/bob_abelman/

Roy Berko

“Native Garden” is that perfect script which grabs and holds an audience with humor and good story telling, while clearly making its philosophical point. It gets a picture-perfect production at CPH.  It is a wonderful piece to define and explain the political and societal climate of today.  Go!  See!  Enjoy and learn!!
 

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

Mark Horning


Cultures and horticulture collide in this absolutely delightful range war that examines how conflicts begin and get resolved. Such subjects as American privilege and entitlement, squatter’s rights, Latino influence, the American Dream, environmental impact and what makes and breaks good neighbor relationships are carefully examined in this thoroughly entertaining work. Come to laugh...leave having learned.
  
To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's Review here.

Laura Kennelly


“Good fences, make good neighbors?” Well, maybe not always. Karen Zacarias’s witty and abundantly funny Native Gardens, directed for The Cleveland Play House by Robert Barry Flemming, plants two contrasting families side by side in a wealthy Washington, D.C. neighborhood. As the drama grows, entwining Zacarias’s characters into battle despite their good intentions, it becomes harder to tell the weeds from the flowers.

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

Andrea Simakis

Beneath the laughter--and teh demented deployment of a chainsaw,--is a play for our tribal times that wears its poroselytism with pride:  There is no hope for peaceful co-eistence wihtouit compromise.  Now tht's a bipartisan message we can all get behind."
 
To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit Cleveland.com here.

TOURING PRODUCTION OF A BRONX TALE @ PLAYHOUSE SQUARE



Through May 12, 2019
(216) 241-6000

Bob Abelman

Touring ‘A Bronx Tale’ a crowd-pleasing, color-by-number musical.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here or go to www.clevelandjewishnews.com/columnists/bob_abelman/

Roy Berko

 After seeing A BRONX TALE on Broadway, I wrote: “Look for A Bronx Tale to be one of the hits of the 2016-2017 Broadway season.”  Anyone who sees the touring version of the musical now on stage in CLE will know why I made that prediction. Yes, this is an excellent production of a nicely conceived musical drama.  Go! “Divertitevi”!  Enjoy yourself! 

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

Kerry Clawson

This is the memory play of Calogero, whose teen character is played by the winsome, handsome Barreiro. ... Although it’s C’s story, I found myself wanting to get to know other characters better, including the colorful assortment of mobsters whose names range from Frankie Coffeecake to JoJo the Whale. Most of all, I wanted to know more of young, black character Jane, C’s love interest played by former Stow resident Brianna-Marie Bell.

To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review at https://www.ohio.com/topics/clawson/.

Howard Gollop

For the cynical, the moderately successful Broadway musical “A Bronx Tale” comes across as some sort of seen-it/done-it contrivance for “Jersey Boys” fans -- checking off all the familiar boxes of the “fahgettaboudit” testosterone-imbued Italian American urban life and the Mafia flirtations that go with it. But as one of the ballads by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken and three-time Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater goes, “Look to Your Heart.” Indeed, the heart of “A Bronx Tale” -- specifically, the heart that belongs to its creator and book (script) writer and original film star Chazz Palminteri -- renders the musical heartfelt and hearty of talent.

Mark Horning


In the case of this touring production of A Bronx Tale it is all with the cast who manage to squeeze out every bit of emotion from what otherwise could have been a pretty dry show. Well worth the ticket to see this one.

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

Laura Kennelly

Vibrant, touching, tuneful and above all, a gift to start summer right. Playhouse Square’s latest Broadway Series musical, A Bronx Tale, feels real and a lot more than just a remix of  Jersey BoysHairspray and West Side Story (though it does artfully combine appealing aspects of all three). With book by Chazz Palminteri, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater and direction by Jerry Zaks and Robert De Niro (yes, that Robert De Niro) and with choreography by Sergio Trujillo, it’s a winner.

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

Andrea Simakis

Here's to a job well done.

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

Sunday, April 21, 2019

PINCH AND SQUEAL'S WIXBANG @ CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE



Through April 20, 2019
(216) 631-2727
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


Forget the rain, forget the cold, forget all your troubles...in short fagetaboudit! Come to Cleveland Public Theatre for an adult treat of Pinch and Squeal’s Wizbang. It’s two hours packed with crazy that will have you laughing your horse off.

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

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.

Monday, April 8, 2019

ART @ BLANK CANVAS


Through April 20, 2019
(440) 941-0458

Bob Abelman

In Blank Canvas’ comedy, ‘Art,’ the devil is in the details.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here or go to www.clevelandjewishnews.com/columnists/bob_abelman/

Roy Berko

“Art” is a fine example of “thinking-persons” theater.  It is the type of script that stays with the viewer a long time after the production encouraging probing into the value of not only art, but friendships and relationships.  Blank Canvas helps the thinking process with a strong production.

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

Mark Horning

What is art? What is its value? Can a white painting really be more valuable than fifteen years of friendship? Three friends battle tooth and claw over a white painting that is valued more for who created it rather than its content. Can there be any winners in this conflict? Come see for yourself.

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


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

THE PRIDE @ CONVERGENCE-CONTINUUM



Through April 20, 2019
(216) 687-0074

Mark Horning

This is a show that requires rapt attention to all the nuances of speech as well as a very liberal and accepting attitude about homosexuality. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it is an enthralling piece of theater for those with the courage to view it. See it if you feel a bit adventurous. 

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

Roy Berko

con-con is noted for doing scripts that other area theaters won’t attempt.  Sometimes their bold steps work well.  In this instance, sorry, no gold ring.  As presented, “The Pride” is a long and tedious sit, interrupted by a few laughs.

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


THE TOURING PRODUCTION OF THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA @ PLAYHOUSE SQUARE



Through April 20, 2019
(216) 241-6000
www.playhousesquare.org

Bob Abelman

Perpetually touring ‘Phantom’ still evergreen and thoroughly entertaining.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here
or go to www.clevelandjewishnews.com/columnists/bob_abelman/

 
 Kerry Clawson

The national tour of “The Phantom of the Opera” is a spectral, wondrous thing, from the show’s beginning with its shrouded “Lot 666″ chandelier being auctioned above audience members’ heads, to the final confrontation with and disappearance of the Phantom.

To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review at https://www.ohio.com/topics/clawson/.


Mark Horning


No matter how many times you have witnessed a performance of The Phantom of the Opera mark this one on your calendar as a must see show. Although nearly two and a half hours in length, time flies by as you are mesmerized by this truly spectacular version of a time honored classic. Come see how truly great The Phantom of the Opera can be. 

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

Saturday, March 30, 2019

THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN @ Karamu




March 28-April 21, 2019
216-795-7077 
or http://www.karamuhouse.org/


Roy Berko

“The Velocity of Autumn” gets an acceptable production.  Audiences should leave having both enjoyed themselves and come in contact with the issue of aging and its consequences. 

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

Mark Horning


For the many Clevelanders who face the difficult decision of what to do with mom and pop this show has the courage to broach the subject. While the ending may not give everyone the solid answers they need it will at the least open up discussion.

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

  

Friday, March 29, 2019

TINY HOUSES @ CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE



Through April 14, 2019
(216) 241-6000

Bob Abelman


Good things come in small packages like the world premiere of ‘Tiny Houses.’



To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here or go to www.clevelandjewishnews.com/columnists/bob_abelman/

Roy Berko

 “Tiny Houses” is one of those special pieces of modern theater that both delights and causes audiences’ to think.  Is tiny better?  Is minimalism good for society and individuals?  Can we live deliberately?  Was Thoreau all wrong, “a nut job,” in his search for authenticity?  Whatever, go, see, be delighted, and learn how tiny houses are built!

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

Kerry Clawson

Sometimes, trying to simplify your life can get complicated. That's what happens in the world premiere of Chelsea Marcantel’s “Tiny Houses” at Cleveland Play House, as Bohdi and Cath’s idealistic plan to build a miniature home runs into some roadblocks. ... 
Eastman’s characterization as Cath seems rather flat compared to the others, even given the fact that most of them are very quirky. Cath doesn’t truly connect with another character until well into the play.
To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.

Mark Horning


Although quite predictable, this sweet comedic tale of attempting to simplify one’s life has a lot of heart. It truly is a labor of love that will enthrall you and make you smile with its happy conclusion. Fill the seats for this one.

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

Laura Kennelly

Ever want to run away? Leave city stress behind? Chelsea Marcantel’s comic new play, Tiny Houses, at the Cleveland Play House, shows one witty take on this impulse in a perfectly paced production directed by Laura Kepley.

To see a full review of this show see Tiny Houses or read Laura's posts at Cool Cleveland.

Andrea Simakis

Building anything--houses or relationships isn't all how-to podcast and shotgunning beers.  It takes work and time and effort Sweat equity.  So, so does constructing the perfect, timely comedy, as director Laura Kepley and playwright Chelsea Marcantel have done.  This is blue bullet-proof.

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

TAMING OF THE SHREW @ GREAT LAKES THEATER



Through April 14, 2019
(216) 241-6000

Bob Abelman

Great Lakes’ ‘Shrew’ tames Shakespeare’s chauvinism.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here or go to www.clevelandjewishnews.com/columnists/bob_abelman/

Roy Berko

 GLT’s “Shrew” is a wonderful evening of the Bard at his finest, in a production that delights and, if you are also in the mood, illuminates the tale of conflicted love and the battle of men and women.  Go!  See!  Enjoy!

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

Mark Horning

High jinxes, disguises and impersonations abound in this wonderful rendition where all the comedy stops are pulled for laughs. This is a rollicking depiction that is laugh out loud funny and one that will help you forget the weather for a few hours. This is must see theater that will bring cheer to the entire family.

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

Laura Kennelly


Director Sara Bruner’s The Taming of the Shrew at the Hanna Theatre brings a welcome fresh look, lots of insight, and--most importantly--plenty of laughs (it is, after all, a comedy). This Great Lakes production of the Shakespeare classic also boasts a dynamic cast, one that speaks clearly enough for jokes to be funny and moves quickly enough to keep us involved.  

To see a full review, read Laura's blog at artstillmatters.com or at CoolCleveland

GLORIA @ CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE



Through April 13, 2019
(216) 631-2727

Bob Abelman


Cleveland Public Theatre underserves Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ ‘Gloria.’

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's blog here or go to www.clevelandjewishnews.com/columnists/bob_abelman/

Roy Berko


“Gloria” is a relevant and topical script that with the right performances, attitude, and pacing could have been a fascinating evening of theatre.  As is, it’s a disappointment.
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Mark Horning

This is a show ripped right out of the front pages of the nation’s newspapers and magazines. It illustrates the pressure cooker environment that a majority of citizens have to endure on a daily basis without the benefit of sound mental health counseling. In short, the Great American Experiment is coming to a close and the rats have begun to eat each other. If you have ever worked in a tight office environment, see this show. You will totally relate to it..

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

Thursday, March 21, 2019

PRODIGAL SON @ NONE TOO FRAGILE



Through April 6, 2019
(330) 671-4563


Kerry Clawson

Jacob Eeg cuts an emotionally volatile figure as a teen from the Bronx who’s a misunderstood genius in John Patrick Shanley’s “Prodigal Son” at None Too Fragile in Akron.
Eeg, a handsome, blond 21-year-old, brings to life the restless mind of Jim Quinn, whose thinking is leagues ahead of other students. The problem is, he can’t seem to stop himself from acting out.

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