Ensemble’s ‘Ages of the Moon’ largely shines

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS — We’ve heard it said repeatedly, in various versions of the same saying: No two persons’ versions of the past are exactly alike. As a result, what exactly happened during bygone days can seem ambiguous and unclear, like an eclipse blocking the clarity of a full moon on...

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Bellevue High School presenting a cult favorite as their fall musical

BELLEVUE — “He just eats people basically,” Bellevue High School junior Jared Skiles said casually about the character he will portray in his school musical, which is set for performances this weekend. Skiles isn’t referring to Hannibal Lecter or any other cannibal. “Not many people can say they’ve played a...

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More live theater in the area thanks to these St. Paul High School seniors

Sometimes, no matter how hard you rack your brain for a school project idea, nothing comes to mind. Then there’s the case of St. Paul High School senior Drew Haynes. People have told him that public relations would be a good major for him, considering his outgoing personality. Haynes admitted...

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Bellevue Society for the Arts offered a tender ‘Last Five Years’

.BELLEVUE — Microphones can’t be that powerful. This much is certain: The splendid two-person cast in Bellevue Society for the Arts’ marvelous production of “The Last Five Years,” which ended its run this weekend, has vocal power. That’s my final answer, whether or not microphones helped amplify their voices. But...

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This ‘Guide’ is a musical treat to die for

CLEVELAND — The first thing that intrigues you is the musical’s title: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical playing in Cleveland through Nov. 15 as part of a national tour. The title obviously hints it’s a comedy. But it’s not the type of funny...

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How do you play Jesus in a show and please everybody?

GREENWICH — In addition to the help he received from his director and choreographer, South Central sophomore Brady Dotson said he “prayed a lot” about the iconic role he will portray for this fall’s school musical. Praying is particularly apropos in this case, considering the role Dotson, 16, will play:...

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A ‘Call’ to conversation about important issues, locally and globally

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS — How far would you go to have a baby, assuming you’ve tried everything and nothing’s worked? If you’re determined to do a charitable act, how far would you step outside your comfort zone to impact people you thought you’d never meet? Is it worth it? Should the...

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CPH’s intense ‘The Crucible’ severely tests our own humanity

It’s unlikely that you know someone who was tried, convicted and hung for being a witch or conspiring with the devil. The chances are much greater that you’re familiar with a recent rumor running rampant and resulting in devastating consequences for the victim or victims. Maybe the victim–or perpetrator–was you...

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Touring production of ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ hits the mark, if musical itself doesn’t always

Touring production of ‘Bullets over Broadway’ hits the mark, if musical itself doesn’t always With all the school and other shootings that have taken lives and changed families’ forever, loaded guns are hardly a laughing matter. If you’re one of those people who easily feels guilty, you may feel the...

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Beck Center’s ‘Mothers and Sons’ is poignant, powerful theater

An evolving concept of family and lingering hurt well after the heart of the AIDS crisis Beck Center’s ‘Mothers and Sons’ is poignant, powerful theater If you haven’t already accepted the fact the definition of “family” has changed with the legalization of gay marriage, Terrence McNally’s taut, unapologetic and riveting...

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