Friday, December 7, 2018

AVENUE Q @ BLANK CANVAS THEATRE



Through December 22, 2018
(440) 941-0458

Bob Abelman
0

Wrong hands, warm heart defines Blank Canvas’ ‘Avenue Q’. 

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


“Avenue Q” is a well-conceived, delightful, must see production that shows how entertaining and purposeful a play can be with the right director and talented cast.  Most performances are sold out, but it’s well worth the effort to try and get a ticket!

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.

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

SHREK THE MUSICAL @ THE BECK CENTER FOR THE ARTS


Through January 6, 2018
(216) 521-2540

Bob Abelman

Vocals, not visuals, win the day for Beck’s ‘Shrek: The 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

“Shrek The Musical’ should be an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter, romance and zaniness.  In spite of creative appropriate choreography, and at least one standout performance, the production is less than it should be. 

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.

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

The spirited Shrek at the Beck (isn’t it cool that it rhymes?) mixes a perfect combination of fairy tale
characters, monsters, and music to kick off the holiday season. In this well-executed production
(well, maybe not opening night since there was a brownout and a 45-minute wait before things got
started), Director Scott Spence and his merry crew offer a treat for children and the adults that bring
them

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

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS @ Ensemble/Shahrazad Theatre


November 30-December 16 2018
216-321-2930 or www.ensemble-theatre.org


Roy Berko

“Around The World in 80 Days” is an inventive, enjoyable and family-friendly little show.  To truly go along for the ride one has to abandon theatrical etiquette and let loose and have a good time and participate in the involving audience experience.


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

Christine Howey

It’s a highly stylized and frequently engaging production, with actors racing about, pratfalling, and generally behaving like kids amped up on too much Pepsi and gummy bears. 

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



I

Monday, December 3, 2018

RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN @ convergence-continuum


November 30-December 15, 2019
216-687-0074 or convergence-continuum.org

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

Roy Berko    

Rapture, Blister, Burn” is a very relevant play in this #MeToo age. The writing is good and the production clearly develops the author’s intent and purpose.  
 
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.

Christine Howey

This is a well-performed, thoughtful play that covers a whole lot of ground as it diagnoses, with large dollops of wit, the state of women and their relationships. It’s like Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles from a couple decades ago, but with an intellectual, feminist-oriented dissection of torture-porn and slasher movies thrown in. Now there‘s an unexpected holiday treat for you!

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

Sunday, December 2, 2018

CONNI'S AVANT GARDE RESTAURANT @ CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE


Through December 22, 2018
(216) 631-2727

Mark Horning


If your like me and overloaded with fake Christmas cheer, Santas, angels, glitter, carols and all the other crap that bombards us during the holidays of conspicuous consumption this is definitely our show. It’s a great way to meet new friends, enjoy a really funny show and surprisingly great dinner. Tickets are hard to come by so order NOW!

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

Saturday, December 1, 2018

ELLA ENCHANTD THE MUSICAL @ Dobama


November 30-December 30, 2018
216-932-3396 or http://www.dobama.org

Bob Abelman

Dobama’s ‘Ella Enchanted’ brims with bibbidi-bobbidi-boo.

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

In spite of getting a fine production, “Ella Enchanted, The Musical” fails to be everything it should.  Too bad.  It’s the “fa la la la la” time of year and a better red-bow theatrical present would have been nice.  

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.

Christine Howey


This is an extremely slick and professional production on the surface, and the acting is certainly more than satisfactory. But a story that could have been told neatly and simply in an hour or so has been padded out, and the stuffing begins to leak out by the end.

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

Andrea Simakis

For thsoe of us with no impressionable darlingsvin tow there's less reason to be there  The gags are broad, the songs pleasant and instantly forgettable.

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

Thursday, November 29, 2018

CHICAGO@ Connor Palace (Huntington featured Performance)

November 27-Decembere 2, 2018
216-241-6000 or www.playhousesquare.org

Roy Berko

Except for the dancing and the band, the show is tired, lacking the dynamics needed to make it compelling.   Touring is exhausting, but the cast has an obligation to give the paying public a fresh, attention holding production.  This performance, unfortunately, wasn’t compelling! 

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

Mark Horning

With all the gray days of winter clouding our brains it is nice to get out and into a comfortable theater for a raucous evening of hot music, dancing and comedy. While not up to the standards of previously witnessed performances it is good enough as an early winter break and retreat from the holiday pressures.

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

Laura Kennelly


BOTTOM LINE: If you are already a big fan of Chicago then you might enjoy seeing an old friend one more time. If you don’t make this production, check out the excellent 2002 film with  Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere.  Just remember, this is not a lavish production and so don’t go expecting to get one. (This last remark is in memory of an irate customer at intermission who was telling a hapless red coat something to the effect that “It’s not worth the $80 I paid.”)

To see a full review, read Laura Kennelly's review here 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

BOOGIEBAN @ none too fragile


November 16-December 8, 2019
nonetoofragile.com  330-962-5547

Bob Abelman

For those in need of theater-as-therapy due to the lasting impact of war on its victims home and away, “Boogieban” will prove to be a welcome and welcoming retreat.  For other theatergoers, the performances will make your trip to Akron worthwhile.

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

With its must see production of “Boogieban,” none too fragile again proves that it is one of the area’s finest theaters.  This gem of a production house expands to the national scene when this staging moves to Chicago and then to New York with the same cast and production values!  


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

Kerry Clawson

In DC Fidler’s “Boogieban,” a military psychiatrist treats a young, psychologically damaged soldier with understanding and mercy, and in the process, the younger man ends up giving the elder one a priceless gift. The somberly poetic drama, now in its world premiere at None Too Fragile Theatre in Akron, played to a sold-out crowd that included the playwright and military consultant Maj. RJ Casey on opening night Friday.

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

Christine Howey

In Boogiebanby D.C. Fidler, now having its world premiere presentation at None Too Fragile theater in Akron, there is banality present. But while it starts slowly, this two-hander builds inexorably to a climactic scene that is so emotionally wrenching you feel it in your bones.

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


Thursday, November 1, 2018

TOURING PRODUCTION OF LES MISERABLES @ PLAYHOUSE SQUARE



Through November 18, 2018
(216) 241-6000

Bob Abelman

Vive la national tour of ‘Les Misérables’ at Playhouse Square.

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

LES MIZ, Les Okay!   The touring version is not as compelling as other productions, but still a captivating piece of musical theater.

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

Kerry Clawson

The national tour, now a year into its run and playing at Playhouse Square’s Connor Palace, is visually stunning and vocally magnificent. At the helm of this show’s sweeping emotion is Nick Cartell as Jean Valjean, whose singing and acting is both ferocious and heaven-sent. 

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

Mark Horning


If you truly wish to see Broadway at its absolute finest, here is your chance to witness the grandeur of Les Miserables. It is truly a spectacular spectacle where every effort has been employed to wow the crowd. This will be one of the most talked about productions of the season.

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

Christine Howey


This is a magnificent production, featuring dark and foreboding artistic backdrops inspired by Hugo’s paintings, awesome 3-D projections and some notable performances. But there are also a couple egregiously over-played bits that dampen the overall effect.

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

Laura Kennelly


Steam Punk returns in this version of Les Misérables (let’s call it Les Miz) now playing in Playhouse Square’s Connor Palace through November 18. It’s yet another revival of the Cameron Mackintosh 1980s mega-hit: this time one that stresses metaphorical elements. Mist, smoke, fog, black and white shroud the stage.
This effect is said to be based on Victor Hugo’s own sketches, how he envisioned the scene. While it doesn’t work for me (I felt as if I needed to remove the sunglasses I was not wearing), it didn’t seem to bother other Les Miz fans around me one bit.

The complete review may be found here.

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

David Ritchey

“Les Miserables” has been popular with audiences since 1862 when Victor Hugo published the novel. The musical version opened on Broadway in 1987 and went on to receive eight Tony Awards.  Now, the show is playing a three-week residency in Cleveland, Ohio.  This is a large touring company with almost 40 in the cast and about 16 in the orchestra. 

This musical version of the Jean Valjean story contains several different plots, which complement the novel. The stories open wide to include many different plot points and, yet, in the final moments of the play the elements of the plots find unity.
To see a full review of this show, read David's posts at Talkin' Broadway

Andrea Simakis

Timelss "Les Miz" still enthralls.

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

Friday, October 26, 2018

DAY OF ABSENCE @ KARAMU THEATRE



Through November 18, 2018
(216) 795-7070

Bob Abelman

“Dying is easy,” said famed 1940s performer Edmund Gwenn on his deathbed. “Comedy is hard.”  Satire in whiteface is even harder.

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


“Day of Absence” is a well-written play whose message rings loud and clear today in the era of “Make America White Again.”  Too bad some of the message is lost due to an emphasis on over-done acting rather than letting the farcical writing carry the day.

To see a full review of this show go to Berko's blog here.

Mark Horning

With the current state of affairs in this country concerning race relations Day of Absence is a much needed mirror that everyone needs to carefully peer into. While a broad comedy that uses a reverse minstrel show format to make its point it none the less paints a telling portrait as to what is still needed to make this a country of total inclusion. It is a show for the times.

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

Christine Howey

As the columnist Molly Ivins once said, "Satire is the weapon of the powerless against the powerful." And this production at Karamu brandishes Ward's savage satire with skill.

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

EVERYTHING IS OK @ CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE



Through November 10, 2018
(216) 631-2727

Bob Abelman

If the final episode of the NBC sitcom “Friends” was situated in a bar rather than Central Perk coffee house, revolved around Chandler’s funeral rather than some minor misunderstanding, and was set to music, you’d have “Everything is Okay (and other helpful lies).” 



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

“Everything is Okay (and other helpful lies)” is not a show for everyone.  It, in fact, could be an uncomfortable sit for some.  For Millennials, and those willing to open themselves to seeing a “new” style musical, based on a specific generation’s angst, it provides an interesting experience.
 
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Mark Horning


What began as a CPT Test Flight workshop item and previewed during the CPT Entry Point New Play Festival looks to be in need of a few more minutes in the oven. Some telling dialogue between participants could go along way in helping us relate to their problems and fears. It’s not bad, just not as good as it could be.

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

Christine Howey

Can female masturbation save us? Based on the “Masturbation Song” which occurs in the second act of this musical, you might think so. 

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

Andrea Simakis

As is, "Everything is Okay" keeps us at arm's length, destined to be a cabaret novelty rather than a cultural touchstone.

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

EAST OF EDEN @ ENSEMBLE THEATRE


Through November 11, 2018
 (216) 321-2930

Bob Abelman

“‘East of Eden’ surely is the more challenging of the two narratives when it comes to dramatization,” says Frank Galati, who adapted the novel for Steppenworlf Theatre's world premiere production and which services Ensemble Theatre's current staging.  “Its emotional demands are more complicated, internalized, intense.”  Complicated, internalized and intense are exactly what is missing from Ensemble’s production of the play, resulting in a valiant but largely ineffective effort under Ian Wolfgang Hinz’s direction.

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

"East of Eden” is a classic Steinbeck novel which has been adapted into an excellent stage play.  The production, though long, is effective and is a theater piece well-worth seeing!

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

Christine Howey

Ensemble is to be applauded for taking on a show this complicated, which is a big lift for a small theater. It’s the kind of thing they often do well. But this time around, the well’s run a bit dry.

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

JOHN @ DOBAMA THEATRE


Through November 11, 2018
(216) 932-3396

Bob Abelman

It’s red herring season in Annie Baker’s ‘John.’

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

In spite of several outstanding performances, Dobama’s “John” is overly long and too slowly paced.  The author misses the opportunity to develop the potential of the core concepts of the tale.  It is worth the long sit, however, to experience the astounding five-minute between acts monologue by Dorothy Silver!
 
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Mark Horning


While the acting is superb, the meandering story line goes out of its way to avoid any hint of mystery or ghostly approbations. It is 168 minutes (with two ten minute intermissions) of tepid suspense that leads you to wonder what all the fuss was about. 

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

Christine Howey
As the play enters its fourth hour (there are two intermissions), one wonders if all this could be handled in a less time-consuming manner. But under the sensitive direction of Nathan Motta, John glistens most brightly in the silences carved out by these talented actors.
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at Cleveland Scene

Andrea Simakis

You’re sure to reach the end knowing more, thinking more, feeling something more, than when you started. [Dorothy] Silver’s monologue detailing how she lost her mind... is so funny, disquieting and riveting that when she completes it, you feel as though she has just released you from a spell... Silver delivers what amounts to a mini “King Lear.” That’s how it hit me, days later – as if the entirety of that work had been boiled down to a three-page monologue, performed by a woman.

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

THIS MUCH @ CONVERGENCE CONTINUUM



Through November 3, 2018

(216) 687-0074

Roy Berko

“This Much” is a rather shallow script, which gets an acceptable production at con-con, is filled with forced dialogue and contains little about the true life of gay dating and marriage, and why we should care about these particular characters.

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

Christine Howey

This Much by John Fitzpatrick is an interesting one-act that aspires to confront the concept of marriage, fidelity and deception through the interactions of three young gay men. And the fact that it doesn’t quite work is not attributable to the actors, who acquit themselves well. 

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

SWEAT @ CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE



Through November 4, 2018
(216) 241-6000

Bob Abelman

CPH’s blue collar drama “Sweat” champions the out-of-working class.

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

Theater represents the era from which it comes, and “Sweat” clearly and shockingly tells the depressing tale of what went on during the financial downturn of this country and the resulting hysteria and desperation by a group of people who felt they had been disenfranchised by big business, betrayed by their government, and sold out by their union and political leaders.  It is an important play which fulfills the educational obligation of the arts.  THIS IS AN ABSOLUTELY MUST SEE PERFORMANCE!

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

 Kerry Clawson


It’s at least 10 minutes into the play before there’s any mention of steelworkers and you discover this story’s about union strife, if you didn’t already know going in. That’s too slow of a build, and you get to the point where you wonder why Nottage is waiting so long to dive into the subject.

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

Christine Howey

Under the direction of Laura Kepley, the CPH actors invest the material with as much humanity as possible. 

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

BOTTOM LINE: A fascinating and believable look at a dark period in recent American history that makes clear that one path (perhaps the only path) to a better life for everyone starts with charity and empathy. But it’s not a sermon: I promise. Very fine production, great theater.

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

Andrea Simakis

"Sweat" is this century's "Death of a Salesman," only the tragedy is on a grander scale, the cost to the national soul immeasurable.

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

YA MAMA!@Cleveland Public Theatre


YA MAMA!
Cleveland Public Theatre
October 11-27, 2018
216-631-2727or www.cptonline.org

Mark Horning


Think of Ya Mama! as an extended roller coaster as you live the highs and lows of Nina’s life. You witness her at the nadir as well as the peak of her tumultuous but fascinating life. It is probably the most gripping 75 minutes you will ever spend in a theater seat. 

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

Christine Howey

The return of Domingue is always a welcome sight since she ignites the stage with her spot-on characterizations and stage movement that is gloriously expressive. 

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

Saturday, October 13, 2018

CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL @ Blank Canvas


CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL
Blank Canvas
October 6-28, 2018
440-941-0458 or blanckcanvastheatre.com

Bob Abelman

‘Cannibal!’ at Blank Canvas not for thin-skinned theatergoers.

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

Blank Canvas pulls out all the stops in order to make “Cannibal! The Musical” palatable, but from my stodgy old view-point, it just doesn’t succeed.  Some of the theatre’s die-hard regulars, including the guy sitting next to me who clapped and howled throughout the goings on, may be thoroughly amused, but consider this:  even the usual automatic standing ovation of CLE productions, was missing.

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

Christine Howey

(Insert wet fart sound here.)

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

Monday, October 8, 2018

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE @ Great Lakes Theater



PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Great Lakes Theater
October 5-November 4, 2018
216-241-6000 or http://www.greatlakestheater.org/

Bob Abelman

Great Lakes Theater treats Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ with austerity.

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

The adaptation of novel-to-play is finely done. The directing is inspired.  The acting is finely tuned. The technical aspects are outstanding.  This is a must-see production which shines a spotlight on Great Lakes Theater at its finest.  
 
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Mark Horning


If you are unfamiliar with the works of Jane Austen this is a brilliant way to take her into your life. The play is true to the novel and exceptionally acted. You truly get to know each person involved and in turn fall in love with them. Bravo to Great Lakes Theater for an extraordinarily fine production.

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

Christine Howey


This Pride and Prejudice is a welcome relief from the barrage of coarse language (“horse-face!”) that currently permeates our culture. In the supremely capable hands of Hanreddy, this Austen caper is refined, witty, and altogether transporting. 

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

If you think “ho-hum” Jane Austen again, think again, please. This is a truly first-rate production that brings out the celebrated wit and humor (and kindness) that has kept Pride and Prejudice a classic (and good-natured) lesson about the dangers of rushing to judge others.

Full review at Pride and Prejudice
To see a full review of this show, read Laura's posts at Cool Cleveland.





WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF @ Beck Center

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
Beck Center
October 5-November 4, 2018
216-521-2540 or beckcenter.org

Bob Abelman

A perfect storm has been created for Albee’s masterpiece and it has hit land in Lakewood.

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

Kudos to Don Carrier for his bullseye direction of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”  This is about as perfect a production as the script could receive.  If you have never seen the Albee masterpiece on stage, see it now!  You won’t have another chance to experience such a wonderfully crafted piece of theater. 

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

Christine Howey

This incisive production at the Beck Center, directed with perfect pitch by Donald Carrier, is a three-hour and two-intermission slide down the razor blade of life, to borrow Tom Lehrer's indelible phrase. 

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

Laura Kennelly

Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, now disturbing the peace in the Beck Center’s Studio Theater, reminds us that drinking and talking do not mix. Although it premiered in 1962, much still rings true today in this production directed by Donald Carrier. The plot is simple: the wife of a senior faculty member invites a new faculty member and his wife over for a 2 AM nightcap after a drunken faculty party.

The resulting continuation of the booze fest turns into a disaster . . . couples. Exploitation and vulgarity get passed around evenly and everyone sustains damages before it’s over.  

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

Andrea Simakis

Carrier - and Mauldin and Ring - understand the tragedy of George and Martha implicitly. The actors' final moments together, as the sun rises, are devastating.  As the dawn light illuminates George's tired face, we see it is no longer animated by enmity but empathy. In Martha's face, we see a woman about to drown, desperate for the unexpected life raft he is offering.

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