Monday, August 8, 2022

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL@ Blank Canvas



THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL
BLANK CANVAS
AUGUST 5-21, 2022

 

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

Sheri Gross

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Mark Horning
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Chris Howey

This musical spinoff from the uber-popular animated TV show (and a series of films) has found itself on the tiny stage at Blank Canvas Theatre. And thanks to director Patrick Ciamacco, who is a wizard at downsizing huge musical productions without losing a gram of energy or excitement, this production is a fast-paced, Jello-colored delight.

 

To see a full review of this show, read Chris Howey's Review here.

 

OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD at Seat of the Pants Productions



OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD

Reinberger Auditorium
August 5-21, 2022 

Roy Berko

OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD exposes the viewer to a part of history not well known to many.   The overly-long script gets a creditable staging by Seats of the Pants Productions.  It is worth the sit for anyone interested in probing theater.


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

 

Sunday, August 7, 2022

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM @ Cain Park's Alma Theatre



SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM
August 4-14-, 2022
216-371-3000 or visit tinyurl.com/ye2b2zzu

Roy Berko

SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM is a theatre-lovers dream.  It is an in-depth look at one of America’s musical theatre greats presented in his spoken words, his musical sounds, and creative lyrics.  It is a must see for anyone who admires his work or is interested in finding out more about Sondheim!

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

Sheri Gross
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Sheri Gross' review here.

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

Chris Howey


This iteration of Sondheim on Sondheim will tweak the pleasure zones of Sondheim devotees, because how can you miss with this kind of material? But due to some odd design and directorial choices, this production doesn't quite "finish the hat." 


To see a full review of this show, read Chris Howey's Review here.


Wednesday, August 3, 2022

West Side Story @ Porthouse Theatre


Through August 14, 2022
https://www.kent.edu/porthouse
(330) 672-3884

 

Roy Berko

WEST SIDE STORY is near the top of my list of all-time great musicals. The creative choreography and solid character development of the Porthouse production did nothing to dissuade my love for the show.  Bravo!!!  I look forward to more shows produced by the Terri Kent and Martin C├ęspedes dynamic duo!

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

Kerry Clawson

Passion, love, hate and tragedy leap onto the stage at Porthouse Theatre with its electrifying production of West Side Story.

... Director Terri Kent and artistic collaborator/choreographer Martin Cespedes have combined forces to create a swirling, constantly moving world of warring street gangs and star-crossed lovers caught amid hate, prejudice and violence in 1957 New York City. The 36 actors in their terrific cast throw themselves into this timeless musical ...

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

Sheri Gross

No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Sheri Gross' review here.

Mark Horning

Porthouse Theatre has always been more than the show. It is the gathering of old friends and family to break bread picnic style on the spacious grounds. It is also a chance to see the future stars of Broadway as they practice their craft for the first time. This remarkable production of “West Side Story” is not to be missed. Bring the clan and enjoy a superb evening of entertainment.

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

Chris Howey

Porthouse Theatre's Production of 'West Side Story' Is So Damn Good

To see a full review of this show, read Chris Howey's Review here.


Sunday, July 31, 2022

"Newsies" @ Chagrin Valley Little Theatre


Through August 13, 2022
(440) 247-8955 12-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday 
or two hours before curtain.

WORTH NOTING: 

In order to bring attention to local productions of merit at theaters that are not on the Cleveland Critics Circle’s approved Equity Theater list, members of the Circle who attend a community or educational theater production that is perceived as of high quality will have the option of listing that production on the CCC blogsite.  This review falls into that category. 

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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To see a full review of this show, read Howard Gollop's review here.

Sheri Gross
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To see a full review of this show, read Sheri Gross' review here.

Mark Horning

It never ceases to amaze when Chagrin Valley Little Theatre takes on a major production that fills their tiny stage. “Newsies” uses every single square inch of space and somehow does it without the actors bumping into each other. This show has its moments that make it worth the price of the ticket.

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

Chris Howey
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To see a full review of this show, read Chris Howey's Review here.

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

Kate Klotzbach
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To see a full review of this show, read Kate's posts here.

Joey Morona
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To see a full review of this show, read Joey's posts here.

 

Thursday, July 21, 2022

TAMING OF THE SHREW




OHIO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

July 7-August 14, 2022

https://www.ohioshakespearefestival.com/shrew 

Kerry Clawson

... something's missing here because we don't feel the chemistry between her [Tess Burgler's] Petruchio and Katarina. After Petruchio goes through elaborate machinations to force Katarina to comply as his new wife, we're supposed to believe that a real spark develops between them by the end. But I wasn't feeling it. 


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

Chris Howey
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To see a full review of this show, read Chris Howey's Review here.


Sunday, July 17, 2022

ANGRY FAGS at con-con




convergence-continuum
July 8-30, 2022

www.convergence-continuum.org 

Roy Berko

Con-cons cult audience will be pleased by the presence of lots of male partial nudity, a non-traditional story, and the gay theme.  Others will be intrigued by the author’s ability to lead down one path and throw a curveball into the action and then surprise with a startling ending.  All in all, even with some of the weak performances, this is a production worth seeing.

Howard Gollop

Right off the bat (which happens to be a murder weapon in this play) Convergence-Continuum should be thanked profusely for bringing more unique, unsettling and vital theatre to Cleveland. 

That being said, "Angry Fags" is not without problems. 

With a play that begins as "Boys in the  Band" and ends up as "Bonnie and Clyde" (albeit more perverse and dystopian), playwright Topher Payne  bites into a lot more political and philosophical meat than he can chew. 

Although quite earnest and intent, the nonprofessional cast might be in over their heads -- as is director Scott Zolkowski, although he's to be commended for navigating so well through a tight budget in an even tighter performance space

Despite its powerful moments, the production fails to remediate the discordant tonal problems of the script, much less hone in on the nuances (and humor) that would make underwritten characters compelling, or at least worth more empathy.

To see a full review of this show, read Howard Gollop's review here.


Friday, July 15, 2022

AIN'T TO PROUD--The Life and Times of The Temptations



Key Bank Broadway Series

Key Bank State Theatre

July 12-31, 2020

Roy Berko

It is always interesting, whether or not you are a fan of a person or a group, to see and hear their story in a juke box musical.  AIN’T TOO PROUD gives the viewer an inside view of how The Temptations were founded, developed and performed.  The touring show did the history proud.  If you love the Temptations, you’ll be on “Cloud Nine” and “Shout” about AIN’T TOO PROUD.  If not a fanatic, it is still worth seeing it

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

Kerry Clawson

"Ain't Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations" is pure excitement at the State Theatre at Playhouse Square.

The jukebox musical, which follows the Temptations' journey from their early days in Detroit to the top of the charts, features a mindboggling 31 hits by the Motown group and others.


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

Howard Gollop

Yes, the expected ups and downs of superstardom -- drugs, alcohol, womanizing, troubled marriages -- are all there, as are the trials and tribulations of navigating the 1960s, from the bigoted South to the turbulent North. Yet a sleek black-and-grey production design by Robert Brill, powerfully lit by Howell Binkley, nuanced direction by Des McAnuff and mesmerizingly accurate choreography by Sergio Trujillo keep the proceedings exciting and vital. 

To see a full review of this show, read Howard Gollop's review here.


Laura Kennelly

More a concert than a musical, the national tour production of Broadway’s “ain’t too proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations, is rocking Playhouse Square through July 31. This lively production celebrates the R&B hits that made the ensemble popular from the 1960s until today. Directed by Des McAnuff, with a script by Dominique Morisseau, it features the Tony Award-winning choreography of Sergio Trujillo with music and lyrics from the Legendary Motown Catalog 

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

Kate Klotzbach

The acting is believable, the dancing is entertaining, the costumes are slick, and the singing is off-the-charts with tight and powerful harmonies. This is not just a jukebox musical with no story, it is indeed "The Life and Times of the Temptations," a journey into the lives of an epically popular group that is a cornerstone of Motown history.

To see a full review of this show, read Kate's posts here.

Joey Morona

With rousing songs (and less-so dialogue), 'Ain't Too Proud' takes us through group's highs and lows.

To see a full review of this show, read Joey's posts here.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

GODSPELL @ Porthouse



July 8-23, 2022
Tickets:  330-672-3884 or www.porthousetheatre.com

Roy Berko

A good production of GODSPELL can be a fine theatrical experience, whether you are or are not into the religious message.  Though the ending did not have the emotional effect that could be created, the Porthouse staging pleased the audience.

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

Kerry Clawson

Porthouse Theatre has a hit on its hands with its ultra-animated, fun-loving production of the classic musical "Godspell," featuring a highly talented cast of 10 at the outdoor summer theater adjacent to Blossom Music Center. 


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

Sheri Gross

This production of “Godspell” is filled with music that you want to sing, lessons that you want to think about, and talent that you want to applaud. So make sure to check the Blossom concert schedule and start out early to avoid traffic. You won’t want to miss a moment.  

To see a full review of this show, read Sheri Gross' review here.


Saturday, July 9, 2022

Something Rotten @ Beck Center For The Arts


Through August 7, 2022
https://www.beckcenter.org/shows/somethingrotten 
(216) 521-2540 X10

 Roy Berko

"SOMETHING ROTTEN" is a theatrical treat. This is an absolutely must see for anyone who loves musical theatre and/or wants to experience a wonderful evening of dance, song and side-splitting laughter. It is actually worthy of a standing ovation!)

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

Howard Gollop

Even the best regional theaters stretch their limits when it comes to mounting a big Broadway musical, usually the domain of the national tour circuit in Northeast Ohio. But Beck Center for the Arts stretches its talent (if not its budget) to new heights in its production of the relatively new Broadway hit "Something Rotten."

To see a full review of this show, read Howard Gollop's review here.

Sheri Gross

If you are no stranger to the show “Something Rotten,” you will want to make your way to Beck Center to see this particular rendition. And if you have never seen the show, get your tickets now, because we all need a good laugh these days, and this production is not only laugh-out-loud funny, but wonderfully campy, and full of frivolous fun!

To see a full review of this show, read Sheri Gross' review here.

Mark Horning

If you are weary of seeing the latest “Broadway Show Based On A Movie”, “Something Rotten” stands alone in its originality. It is truly laugh out loud funny. See how many Bard and Broadway references you can pick up out of the rapid fire delivery. Be prepared to be totally entertained.

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

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

Laura Kennelly

Nothing is rotten about the Beck Center’s fast-moving summer offering, Something Rotten. An allusive feast, the musical, playing in the Senney Theater through August 7, makes snappy, satirical fun of literary icon William Shakespeare and his imagined rivals.

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


Monday, June 20, 2022

ELLIOT & ME



Chagrin Falls Little Theatre

June 9-June 25, 2022

 WORTH NOTING: 

In order to bring attention to local productions of merit at theaters that are not on the Cleveland Critics Circle’s approved Equity Theater list, members of the Circle who attend a community or educational theater production that is perceived as of high quality will have the option of listing that production on the CCC blog site.  This review falls into that category.


Roy Berko

ELLIOT & Me is a “hamisha” (warm/comfortable) show that makes for an enjoyable evening of theatre.  It’s the kind of script that could be comfortably performed by community theatres and maybe even off-Broadway.


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


Sunday, June 19, 2022

Little Shop Of Horror @ Porthouse Theatre



Through July 2, 2022
https://www.kent.edu/porthouse/little-shop-horrors
(330) 672-3884

 

Roy Berko

Porthouse’s LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is well directed by Terri Kent, creatively choreographed by Martin Cespedes, and musically on-key by Jennifer Korecki and her musicians.  Audiences should enjoy themselves with the spirited production, but may return home and get rid of their house plants.

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

Kerry Clawson

For a really campy treat, head to Porthouse Theatre in Cuyahoga Falls for the famously fun, comedy sci-fi musical "Little Shop of Horrors." 

The musical, which kicks of Porthouse Theatre's 54th season, features a tight cast of nine including Kent State University students, recent grads and other professionals. It's a colorful celebration of the horror musical as well as early rock, doo-wop and Motown, based on the 1960 film by Roger Corman and Charles Griffith.

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

Sheri Gross

Scary-licious sci-fi meets paranormal pop/rock in Porthouse Theatre’s horror musical comedy, “”Little Shop of Horrors,” and while it may make you second guess purchasing a venus flytrap anytime soon, the show will definitely have you bopping in your seats. 

To see a full review of this show, read Sheri Gross' review here.

Mark Horning

Porthouse Theatre has a long established tradition of far more hits than misses and their current production proves the point. It is a pleasant way to spend an evening with a picnic supper on the spacious grounds followed by a well produced and entertaining musical. Come see what all the fuss is about. You will be glad you did.

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

Chris Howey

PLet's face it, if you haven't seen "Little Shop of Horrors" by now (or even actually been in it) since it's been a perennial favorite of school, college and community theater groups for several decades, then you really have to call someone to remove the rock you've been living under. Surprise, it's 2022 and we're still humming along to this musical version of the cult eponymous cult flick. It features the Mushnik florist shop employees—schlub Seymour and fetching Audrey—along with the carnivorous botanical monstrosity dubbed Audrey II by love-smitten Seymour.

To see a full review of this show, read Chris Howey's Review here.
 

Friday, June 17, 2022

The Fantasticks @ Near West Theatre

 


June 18, 19, 24, 25 & 26 2022
(216) 961-6391

WORTH NOTING: 

In order to bring attention to local productions of merit at theaters that are not on the Cleveland Critics Circle’s approved Equity Theater list, members of the Circle who attend a community or educational theater production that is perceived as of high quality will have the option of listing that production on the CCC blogsite.  This review falls into that category.

Mark Horning

At long last, Near West Theatre is able to stage small intimate productions in their brand new 70+ seat Black Box Theatre. This will allow them to broaden their horizons even further as people once again venture out to see live entertainment. Their first production “The Fantasticks” is a nice fit to their plans. Chances are this limited dates production (only five more shows) will sell out in a hurry so get your tickets fast.

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


Sunday, June 12, 2022

SCHOOL OF ROCK @ Cain Park




SCHOOL OF ROCK
June 9-26, 2022

 

Roy Berko

SCHOOL OF ROCK is a fun-filled show with a nice moral message. The Cain Park production is well-directed and performed. The music rocks.  The cast entertains.  It’s the kind of show that audiences love.   

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

Chris Howey


If you want take children you know to a show, you should bring them down into the leafy environs of Cain Park and experience "School of Rock." It's not perfect and sure, it's predictable. But thanks to the skills of director Joanna May Cullinan and band conductor Bradley Wyner, "School" is family friendly with just enough sly winks. And when it comes to conveying joy, this show shreds.


To see a full review of this show, read Chris Howey's Review here.


 

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Playhouse Square Touring Production of My Fair Lady


Through June 26, 2022
https://www.playhousesquare.org/events/detail/my-fair-lady-22 
(216) 241-6000

 

Roy Berko

MY FAIR LADY has deservedly been called "the perfect musical" and the Lincoln Center revival did nothing but increase the respect level. The touring company, may not be up to the New York performance level, but it is a visual and production delight.  It is well-worth a trip to Playhouse Square!

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

Howard Gollop

Yes, as the number ("Get Me to the Church on Time") magically grows chorus members, the dancing girls somehow fade away and in come drag queens for a raucous can-can. We are in "Moulin Rouge" territory now.

I don't think Shaw would have ever imagined this when "Pygmalion" opened in London in 1913, but 109 years later, audiences less and less can imagine or appreciate what life was really like in the author's day, which would make a more faithful adaptation all that more "loverly."

To see a full review of this show, read Howard Gollop's review here.

Sheri Gross

Yes, this play is three hours long, but don’t let that scare you away. This updated version of “My Fair Lady,” under the impeccable direction of Bartlett Sher, with its beloved score by Lerner and Leowe, and its exceptional cast led by Ahmed and Mackintosh, is an important piece of classic theater that demands to be seen. In fact, you may walk out of the theater singing to yourselves, “I could have watched all night…and still have begged for more.” 

To see a full review of this show, read Sheri Gross' review here.

Mark Horning

This is a show that will totally enthrall all who see it. From the over the top grand stage sets with descending Opera House front, Higgin’s spinning multi-room home with spacious study, Alfred’s neighborhood pub, Higgin’s outdoor street, Ascot (with the sound of horses racing from left to right), and the Grand Ballroom at the Embassy, the costuming, the singing, the orchestra...I could go on and on. In short, see this show and be bedazzled. You will be humming songs all the way back to the car.

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

Chris Howey

Some have dubbed "My Fair Lady" the "perfect musical" since it is not the kind of sappy "moon-June" romance that gets stale over the decades. Thanks to Alan Jay Lerner's witty book and lyrics, Frederick Lowe's lush score, and Sher's spot-on direction, this production rises to the top. And it does so without a traditional love story, a comedy lead, or de rigeur kickass dance numbers for a chorus of 40, "My Fair Lady" is simply a delight for all the senses, right down to the perfect downbeat ending.


To see a full review of this show, read Chris Howey's Review here.

Laura Kennelly

Although My Fair Lady is over 60 years old, she is not showing her age. Director Bartlett Sher has kept the glamour and modernized the emphasis without changing a word in Playhouse Square’s latest touring show. Yes, Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) still create theater magic....

Caution: If you are expecting a rom-com, you are bound to be disappointed, especially in this subtly modernized version. Ahmed’s Eliza is brilliant, hard-working, and — when the role demands it — gorgeous and charming, but there are no romantic vibes between her and her instructor. It does not matter, it is a wonderful show and if you go home and think Higgins and Eliza are made for each other? Well, anything is possible in fantasy land.

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

Zachary Lewis

Superb cast and lavish visuals come together in lavish production of "My Fair Lady" at Playhouse Square.

To see a full review of this show, read Zach's posts here.

 

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Waitress @ Playhouse Square





Through June 26, 2022
 https://www.playhousesquare.org/events/detail/waitress-2
(216) 241-6000

 

Roy Berko

If you haven’t seen WAITRESS before, go see this staging.  If you have seen WAITRESS before, go see this staging.  Except for the sound system issues, WAITRESS is a fine theatrical experience.   In spite of that, go see this show!!


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

Howard Gollop

This version triumphs in a more intimate production that sacrifices none of the Broadway panache, but delivers a more human-scale tour-de-force that's rare on the stages of touring houses.

To see a full review of this show, read Howard Gollop's review here.

Sheri Gross

WAITRESS is one of those shows that everyone should see; a musical comedy about serious issues.  We laugh with, we even laugh at, but are never trivialized.  It is a show that renews our belief in happy endings.  And with a story that tugs at the heartstrings, a fabulous cast and a winning score.

To see a full review of this show, read Sheri Gross' review here.

Mark Horning

Flour...Sugar...Butter...Flour...Sugar...Butter and of course Love. These are the ingredients that go into making a great pie and Love makes everything special including this show. Take someone special to see it and afterwards go out for some pie. 

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

Chris Howey

"Waitress" is a delightful offering, stuffed with engaging songs and a few outstanding performances. Heck, even the scene changes as created by the original director Diane Paulus are worth half the price of admission.


To see a full review of this show, read Chris Howey's Review here.

Laura Kennelly

Sara Bareilles’ hit musical Waitress has returned to Playhouse Square for an extended run in the close confines of the Hanna Theatre. The show is based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly with a book by Jessie Nelson, music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Diane Paulus.

In this case, “a new look” does not mean improved.

The Hanna’s thrust stage has been removed and the theater’s excellent acoustical properties are buried under amplification. The vocalists and the compact onstage band, conducted by Lilli Wosk, often overwhelmed the space. What is usually an advantage in the Hanna (proximity of every seat to the stage) has become a liability.

The storyline has shifted to a caricature of the original’s “feel-good” small town vibe. Yes, we do sympathize with waitress Jenna (Stephanie Torns) who suffers in her marriage to abusive loser Earl (Brad Standley). Torns’ attractive Jenna belts out Bareilles’ quirky songs about the pies, pies created to fit every occasion. The titles offer an ongoing commentary on Jenna’s life: “Big Guy Strawberry Pie,” “I Don’t Want Earl’s Baby Pie,” “I Hate My Husband Pie,” and “Pregnant, Miserable, Self-Pitying Loser Pie.”

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

Joey Morona

"Waitress" isn't a groundbreaking musical nor is it the gradnspectacle of other Boradway fare thatr passses through Playhouse Square. Instead, staged in a smaller theater, it's an intimate experience that will leave you feeling happy, hopeful and maybe a little bit hungry.

To see a full review of this show, read Joey's posts here.


Sunday, May 29, 2022

THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE @ Beck Center





THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE

May 27-June 26, 2022

 

Roy Berko
 

THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE had the potential to be a hoot of an evening. As is, it didn’t have the pizzazz to be either a fun drag show, or an escapist comedy.  The poorly conceived costumes and wigs, the lack of the needed quick pacing, and the overly long production (almost two hours without break), left too much to be desired!  Too bad…in these days of angst…a fun escape would have been nice.

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

Howard Gollop


It's a slight comedy by Mathew Lopez, but with the right talent and direction, it works. 

One reason is Matt Gittins as Elvis/Georgia. It's an underwritten role, but Gittins musters so much power and nuance, the character -- and his drag characters -- come to life.
He and his co-star Jason Eno as Miss Tracy Mills may not be true drag queens, but with the help of Veranda L'Ni as "director of drag" and Eric Schmiedl as the plain old regular director, they light the stage on fire as well as turn up the heat of a potentially lukewarm play.

To see a full review of this show, read Howard Gollop's review here.

Mark Horning

While a great concept, the show lacks in writing pizzazz. The humor could have been punch up a lot more as the idea was ripe with potential. Add to this the costuming, endless set blackout changes, and long intermissionless two hours it made for a long evening. Of course, the audience the evening I saw it loved and hooted and cheered through the entire show so don’t take my word for it.   

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

Chris Howey

It's a frothy and frequently amusing one-act that, even at a butt-numbing two hours, manages to hold one's attention.  However, a couple creative decisions and some inherent limitations in the script put a crimp in the generally excellent work turned in by the five-person cast. 

To see a full review of this show, read Chris Howey's Review here.

Laura Kennelly

Show business can surprise aspiring performers. Now playing in the Beck Center’s Studio Theater, The Legend of Georgia McBride lightheartedly sketches one man’s unanticipated route to success. Written by Matthew Lopez and directed by Eric Schmiedl, the show allows for plenty of laughs thanks to a small and appealing cast.

For the full review, read Laura Kennelly's review at Cool Cleveland here


Friday, May 27, 2022

Log Cabin @ Convergence-Continuum

Through June 11, 2022

https://www.convergence-continuum.org/ 

(216) 687-0074

 

Roy Berko
No review yet.
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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Sheri Gross
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To see a full review of this show, read Sheri Gross' review here.

Mark Horning

A superb cast can only take a show so far and this gay sitcom of a play is a perfect example. It tries to shock an educated audience but the controversy is long gone. See it for the superb acting abilities of the cast if for nothing else.

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

Chris Howey
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To see a full review of this show, read Chris Howey's Review here.

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

Kate Klotzbach
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Kate's posts here.

Joey Morona
No review yet.
To see a full review of this show, read Joey's posts here.

 

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Enemy of the People @ Rubber City Theatre


Through May 21, 2022
https://www.rubbercitytheatre.com/
(234) 252-0272

 

Kerry Clawson

Rubber City Theatre's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" is a chilling modern-day version that sets this battle of right vs. might in a Trump-era, mid-sized Rust-Belt city.

... The play, performed without intermission and directed by Lana Sugarman, is highly thought-provoking. The problem is, the quality of the acting is inconsistent among four of the eight cast members.


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

Mark Horning

If you are looking for an underground hero that makes good kind of show...forget it. This play is a real downer. In this tale of greed at all expense the bad guys win, the good guys lose and innocent people may get sick and die as a result. It is a raw story right out of today’s headlines and a cautionary tale of what continues to happen since 1882 when the play was first written. No sugar coating on this one but more a strong taste of bitter salt. Good Theater!

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

Chris Howey
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Kate Klotzbach
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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Venus In Fur @ None Too Fragile


Through May 28, 2022
(330) 962-5547

 

Kerry Clawson

At surface level, the play "Venus in Fur" sounds like one kinky show.

The two-person play, which opened this weekend at None Too Fragile Theatre in its Akron premiere, tells the story of Thomas, a director desperate to find an actress to play the female lead in his adaptation of the erotic 1870 novel "Venus in Furs." An equally desperate actress shows up to audition but she's all wrong for the part.

Or is she?

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

Mark Horning

When the gods come to earth in order to take on a pet project anything can happen and usually does. What looks like a simple reading of a play based on a naughty book turns into much more as power shifts from one to another. This is great theater.

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

Chris Howey
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Kate Klotzbach

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Same Time, Next Year @ Clague Playhouse


Through May 29, 2022
(440) 331-0403

 WORTH NOTING: 

In order to bring attention to local productions of merit at theaters that are not on the Cleveland Critics Circle’s approved Equity Theater list, members of the Circle who attend a community or educational theater production that is perceived as of high quality will have the option of listing that production on the CCC blogsite.  This review falls into that category.

Mark Horning

Some plays were born to be placed in small intimate theaters and “Same Time, Next Year” is a perfect fit for Clague Playhouse. It is a delightful story with naughty undertones that touches your heart while giving you a history lesson of the 50s through 70s. Come feel the love!

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


Friday, May 6, 2022

American Moor @ Karamu

Through May 29, 2022

https://www.karamuhouse.org/

(216) 795-7077

 

Roy Berko


For anyone who wants to experience a performance that balances dynamism and lyricism with amazing skill, AMERICAN MOOR is a must-see."   This is a sensational night of theatre.  Bravo!!!!

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

Sheri Gross
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Mark Horning

It is refreshing to get a fresh interpretation of the Black situation as it applies to the theater and art. Words written over 400 years ago by Shakespeare come back to ring true in these days of struggle and Black Lives Matter. This show is a melding of classical and contemporary ideas flowing together that will fascinate all who go to see it. Be amazed.

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

Chris Howey

"Indeed, "American Moor" slings some decent Shakespeare, and is a play you should probably see more than once, to get the full effect. But one viewing is absolutely mandatory."

To see a full review of this show, read Chris Howey's Review here.


THE THREE MUSKETEERS @ Cleveland Play House


THE THREE MUSKETEERS
ALLEN THEATRE
Through May 22, 2022

 

Sheri Gross
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Mark Horning

Why do you want to see this play? It is an old story with a new twist in casting and costuming. It is a timeless classic that everyone should see in some form. The acting tries hard to stay out of the way of the action and the fight scenes are real enough to convince. In a phrase...All For One…

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

Chris Howey

"It all ends, predictably enough, with the time-honored catch phrase of The Three Musketeers, "All for one and one for all." And while this production will not linger long in your memory, it tries so hard to please you may not be able to resist it."

To see a full review of this show, read Chris Howey's Review here.

Laura Kennelly
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Joey Morona

THE THREE MUSKETEERS is updated with modern sensibility, a diverse cast and plenty of action.

To see a full review of this show, read Joey's posts here.