Tuesday, December 3, 2013


 Cleveland Play House
November 29-December 22, 2013

Bob Abelman

This is not our youth and these are not our romanticized recollections, but the simple storytelling in this play, the timeless and universal truths about childhood that it taps, and its tender, nostalgic reflections on Christmas trigger our own fond memories.  No matter our respective backgrounds, this play feels like home.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's News-Herald article here:  http://www.news-herald.com/search?text=Bob+Abelman

Roy Berko

A CHRISTMAS STORY holds a special place in the hearts of many Clevelanders.  The present staging, under the direction of John McCluggage, while engaging, misses out on some of the farcical and endearing dynamics needed to make this a totally wonderful holiday present.  It’s not bad, just not everything that it could be or has been.

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

Mark Horning

Cleveland Play House’s “A Christmas Story” now playing at the Allen Theatre is everything the movie is and more.  It is an ingenious live stage production that captures all the wonder, magic and laughs of the original.  It’s as Christmassy as your favorite ugly sweater and a mug of hot cocoa.

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

Christine Howey

 Even with its performance burps and blips, Shepherd's golden reminiscences are still there. And that's a holiday gift you can't just pick up at Higbee's (er, Dillards).

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