Dobama’s ‘Or,’ about first female playwright is witty, lush, playful

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS – It’s rare to come across a sex farce that brims with intelligence and eloquence while being relevant. To find such a play – one full of gorgeous, poetic, smart language, unbridled joy, celebration and succulent sexuality — one need look no further than Dobama Theatre, where the...

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Ensemble’s ‘Farragut North’ deftly captures competitive spirit within politicial circles

Taxes? The economy? Immigration? Education? Social Security? The environment? Those issues and others important to Americans have almost no place in the biting satire “Farragut North,” now playing through Sunday, Sept. 6 on Ensemble Theatre’s extremely intimate Playground auditorium. I believe I counted a single line or perhaps two at...

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Mercury’s ‘Poppins’ ferociously entertaining

SOUTH EUCLID – She’s sure making good use of “Umbrella Airline’s” frequent flyer program here and to the west. She’s swooped from the skies to land at Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood for their annual holiday show late last year. She came in for another landing at Norwalk...

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Rousing ‘Footloose’ also raises important questions

How do you strike a balance between protecting your children from bad influences and letting them experience life?“Footloose,” the last 2015 Huron Playhouse production — a sensitive, heartfelt effort that pulses with energy — is much more than a rockin’ experience. It’s also deeper than a simple rebellious boy tale.The...

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This ‘Cinderella’ retains the familiar while adding refreshingly modern twists

CLEVELAND — The prince is giving a ball. Well, what else is new in “Cinderella,” that favorite fairy tale that’s existed since 1634, according to information provided by PkayhouseSquare. Plenty else is new — well, relatively speaking — with the rags-to-riches story about the poor servant girl who, with the...

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Huron Playhouse offers a tempestuos, convincing ‘Cat’

HURON — (Merriam-Webster) Mendacity: Lack of honesty.There’s plenty of mendacity to fill “the 28,000 acres of the richest land this side of the Valley Nile” in Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” set in the south in 1954 on a plantation.But you won’t uncover...

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OSTF’s gimmick free, updated ‘All’s Well’ a delight that resonates

OSTF’s gimmick free, updated ‘All’s Well’ a delight that resonates OBERLIN — William Shakespeare meets “Downton Abbey” in the Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival’s impressive production of the sophisticated, engrossing comedy “All’s Well That End’s Well,” running through Aug. 8 at Hall Auditorium in this college town.Director Paul Moser has set...

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‘The Odd Couple’ somewhat amusing but getting old

HURON — Ahhhhhh … Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.”
Where have I heard that title before?
It’s been so long since I’ve seen slob Oscar Madison and neatnik Felix Ungar.
And so, seeing one of beloved playwright Neil Simon’s most popular and well-known plays on Tuesday at the Huron Playhouse was a little like seeing a friend you haven’t seen in ages. You’ve seen him countless times and you’re as familiar with his peculiar idiosyncrasies as you are with your own habits. Yet you expect that due to the time that’s elapsed, you’ll encounter an all-new, fresh face.

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An unorthodox, but captivating ‘Camelot’ at Mercury Theatre Company

’m not sure you’ll find “Doylesque” in any dictionary, but it’s an apt adjective for the vibrant, creative production of “Camelot” Mercury Theatre Company is staging for its second production this summer.
In the above, I’m referring to director John Doyle, who’s known for his “actor-musicianship” approach to productions he’s directed.
Simply, the actors play their own instruments.
Doyle has said his concept began out of economic necessity and evolved into a storytelling approach.

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In Edison’s student’s version of the Scottish play, Lady Macbeth says ‘Double, double, toil and trouble’

MILAN —The imagination of recent Edison High School graduate Zane Fannin has given Lady Macbeth even more urgency to ensure her husband becomes king of Scotland.
Fannin has penned a backstory to the lady, a woman of steely determination, one who strives to keep her ambitious husband from becoming too passive in his quest for the throne.
Fannin’s play, “Bloodstained Hands,” was given a staged reading at the Ohio Educational Theatre Association’s state thespian conference at Bexley High School.

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