February 27 through March 20, 2016
A year or two ago, a short play called “Legally Addicted” toured Cleveland-area schools and dramatized the opiate epidemic among teens in order to educate and advocate. Many of the kids in attendance – who received community service credit or reduced probation to be there – felt trapped within a public service announcement as the play’s didactic earnestness and frequent teaching moments overpowered things meant to be merely entertaining. Rebecca Gilman’s “Luna Gale” seems to have had a similar effect on its opening night audience at Cleveland Play House’s Allen Theatre.
To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's CJN article here.
One of the purposes of good theatre is to enlighten and educate an audience. LUNA GALE does just that as it continues CPH’s quality centennial season. The script is well written, the acting top notch, the directing spot on. This is a must see for anyone who wants to experience an emotionally wrenching tale of the real world of social work and the fragile child welfare system.
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.
Luna Gale is a deeply dark and disturbing play that exposes the weaknesses of our over burdened child protection services, the drug epidemic sweeping the country and the Christian fanatics who wait with zeal for the rapture. It is a show that will give you plenty to talk about, especially the surprisingly logical ending. Bring your adult children to see this and you will appreciate them much more.To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.
Christine HoweyThere are many facets in Luna Gale, and they aren't all addressed with equal success. But the cast, for the most part, is up to the challenge.
To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at Cleveland Scene
It's an amazingly engrossing piece of work, an edge-of-your-seat drama from its cranked-up beginning to its heartbreaking end. Make no mistake: Though often mordantly funny, as all good pieces about the workings and failings of government are, "Luna Gale" has the makings of a modern-day tragedy.
To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit Cleveland.com here.
The subject matter of this play moves directly into the laps of the audience with the cast never more than five feet from the front of the stage. The 110 minute study explores the powerful influences on a baby born to ill-prepared addict parents. It's powerful material stuffed with enough discussion questions for a mini-series.
Click here to read the complete review at WestLife