Saturday, September 16, 2017

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKCOO's NEST @ BECK CENTER FOR THE ARTS



Through October 8, 2017
(216) 521-2540


Bob Abelman

Dale Wasserman’s 1963 stage adaptation of Ken Kesey's 1962 novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is a celebration of a counterculture anarchy and rebelliousness that no longer exists in this country. But under William Roudebush’s astute direction and with an ensemble of superb performers, the Beck Center for the Arts’ production has mined and delivers all the many human moments this play has to offer.

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

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

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

Howard Gollop
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Mark Horning

Using every inch of the large Mackey Theater stage, this larger than life drama is must see theater for all. No matter how many times you have seen the play or the movie you will witness with fresh eyes this unfolding drama of a battle of the wills.

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

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

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

Friday, September 15, 2017

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE @ CLEVELAND PLAY HOUSE



Through October 1, 2017
(216) 241-6000

Bob Abelman

CPH’s ‘Shakespeare in Love’ finds its muse, and then some.

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

Roy Berko


A combination of farce, comedy, drama, tragedy and historification, “Shakespeare in Love” delights.  It makes for a joyful start to CPH’s 2017-2018 season.  And, yes, there is a dog!

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

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

Howard Gollop
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Mark Horning


From the opening salvo of the gang of actors taking over the theatre to the heartfelt finish where Shakespeare delivers an ending soliloquy this show has it all. Much like well done live Shakespearean performances it is a lively mix of comedy, romance, tragedy, pathos and lighting quick insults. This is great viewing for the entire family whether a fan of the Bard or not. 

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

Christine Howey

The handsome set and costumes designed by Lex Liang, the seamless choreography by David Shimotakahara and the lush sound by designer and composer Jane Shaw serve to make the entire production feel far more substantive than the script allows it to be.

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

Well! What a dazzling season opener for the Cleveland Play House’s 2017-2018 season! Director Laura Kepley’s Shakespeare in Love is a delicious messy mélange: part love story, part musical comedy, part wordplay (with a little sword play thrown in for good measure), part shaggy dog story (including the dog), and overall, ambitious fun.

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

In terms of my heart, I'm in deep like with this show, a feeling puncturated by flutters of lust.  But you know what they say--you never forget you first.
To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit Cleveland.com here.

SIMPLY SIMONE @ KARAMU


   Through October 8, 2017
   216-795-7077 
Or karamuhouse.org

Bob Abelman
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Roy Berko


If you like the sounds and music of Nina Simone, enjoy well played, sung and performed jazz, gospel, blues, folk, R&B, and pop music, and want to know more about the Diva of Jazz, Karamu’s “Simply Simone” should be your entertainment destination.

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

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

Christine Howey
Most of what made Nina Simone so different and wonderful is simply missing from Simply Simone.
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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.

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

BOOK OF MORMON @ PLAYHOUSE SQUARE



Through September 17, 2017
(216) 241-6000

Bob Abelman

Parker, Stone and Lopez are men on a mission but, unlike the characters in their play, it is clearly not a mission from God.  They are purposefully pushing the acceptable boundaries of musical theater and having a great time doing it. 

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

Roy Berko


If you haven’t seen “The Book of Mormon,” or need a new shot of irreverent satire which skewers anyone and everyone, this is an absolute go see production. If you are a language prude, religious fanatic, or aren’t in the mood for ridiculous delight, stay away.  It’s everything a modern musical that is meant for pure entertainment, with a sip of philosophy, should be!

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

Howard Gollop

"The Book of Mormon” may no longer be the “it” show, thanks to the hip-hop “Hamilton” now ruling Broadway and the national touring scene (coming to Playhouse Square next summer). But “Mormon” hasn’t lost its edge, thanks in part to a remarkable new tour that opened Tuesday at Playhouse Square’s KeyBank State Theatre. The energy is palpable on both sides of the stage.

Mark Horning
  
Even after six years of tours, Book of Mormon still has sold-out venues wherever it lands and once again is filling the State Theatre at Playhouse Square with some audience members who are viewing it for the third time. Whether you are a first timer or a seasoned viewer you are guaranteed an evening of absolute hilarity. The musical comedy offers a mixture of broad farce comedy with just enough facts to keep it glued together. Go to this show with an open mind and a penchant for comedy.

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

Christine Howey

In short, this show is a hoot and a half, and it is performed with superb professionalism by this touring company. Something that is not always true when a show visits for just a short time. So go, laugh, smile. You deserve it.

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, September 2, 2017

LAST OF THE BOYS @ NONE TOO FRAGILE



Through September 30, 2017
(330) 671-4563

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

Roy Berko


War is hell and, as highlighted in “Last of the Boys,” its aftermath is often worse.  Kudos to Sean Derry and his cast for creating a compelling evening of theater.  This is must see theater for anyone interested in fine acting and a more real than life picture of the outcomes of combative and emotional wars on human beings.

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

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

Mark Horning
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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

David Ritchey


The Viet Nam War shook this country, Viet Nam and most of the world.  Soldiers died and lives were destroyed.  The war didn’t end but goes on in memories.  Some of those memories are evoked by Steven Dietz (B. 1958) in his play “The Last of the Boys.”

To see a full review of this show, read David's posts at Westside Leader

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

BROWNSVILLE SONG @ DOBAMA THEATRE


Through September 24, 2017
(216) 932-3396

Bob Abelman

Despite a story that balances precariously on the tenterhook of tragic loss, director Jimmie Woody keeps his talented performers and their textured performances from sinking into and getting lost in that emotion. The heartbreak is obvious, omnipresent and all-encompassing, but by bearing the pain and moving forward, the survivors’ resilience and the harsh reality of the street are made even more poignant in this powerful play.

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

Roy Berko


Dobama, Cleveland’s fine off-Broadway professional theatre, opens its 2017-2018 season with a mesmerizing production of Kimber Lee’s “must see” script.  Generally well-directed, often superlatively acted, this is drama at its finest!  The opening night standing ovation was well-deserved.

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


Christine Howey

Director Jimmie Woody clearly has a deep affection for this material, and he has done the play proud by casting Jabri Little as Tray and Logan Dior Williams as Devine. 

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


Andrea Simakis

Though "Brownsville Song" is tinged with sorrow, it does not wallow.  Instead, everything about it, from its animated backdrop to its propulsive sound desigg, is aimed at celebrating the life of the boy who was.  

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