A Q&A with Huron Playhouse Artistic Director Jennifer Wertz as the season nears

By AARON KRA– USE Reflector Staff Writer akrause@norwalkreflector.com In less than a month, the curtain will go up on the 2015 season of Ohio’s oldest continuing summer theater. This year’s Huron Playhouse season appears to be a bit more drama-oriented than the seasons I’ve covered in past years. To view...

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Your heart will go out to these recognizable characters

LAKEWOOD — The people who populate the 1995 Pulitzer-Prize Winning Play “The Young Man From Atlanta” are as recognizable to you as, well, playwright Horton Foote’s familiarity with his hometown: Wharton, Texas. And those well-acquainted with Foote’s work know how familiar that is.The renown, late Foote, is perhaps best known...

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‘Fairfield’ a biting comedy about race

Scenery seamlessly glides on and off while actors are raised and lowered via an automatically opening and closing spot on the small stage of the intimate, thrust-configured Outcalt Theatre. It’s in this space that the Cleveland Play House is world-premiering a pit bull-teeth-sharp, relevant satire with belly laughs titled “Fairfield.”You...

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‘Superior Donuts’ a sweet confection and vehicle to affect change

‘Superior Donuts’ a sweet confection and vehicle to affect changeCLEVELAND HEIGHTS — Put yourself in the place of donut shop owner Arthur Przybyszewski, one of the central characters in “Superior Donuts,” Tracy Letts’ sweet but not overly sentimental play with pathos, humor and heart on-stage at Dobama Theatre through May...

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A play with teeth about war’s lasting effects

 If you want to get metaphorical, war’s a beast.

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A tempestuous experience for villains whose revenge is purgatory-like

CLEVELAND — It’s too bad the New World colonists didn’t have the technology available that’s put to great use in the riveting, engrossing Great Lakes Theatre production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” on-stage through Sunday.
Surely the British would’ve been so disoriented, they’d swim back to England and let America become a country in peace.

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Stunning, rousing ‘Kinky boots’ take you beyond normative problem solving

There’s much to cheer about in the high kickin’, rousing and sexy Tony Award-winning Best Musical “Kinky Boots,” a touring version of which remains at Cleveland’s Connor Palace Theatre at PlayhouseSquare through Sunday.

There’s the win-win situation involving two individuals who’d likely never meet under normal circumstances. One needs something and by getting it, he’ll save a long-time family business.
There’s irony in that the drag queen Lola shows he’s more of a man than the northern English bloke whose blue collar, macho mentality can’t conceive of a transvestite being a real man.
The musical is blessed with vivacious and varied musical numbers by famed pop singer/songwriter Cyndi Lauper. She captures the emotional hearts of the characters in her first stage writing gig.

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No Chekhov knowledge needed to find meaning, humor in side-splitting Chekhovian play

Be wary of your blood pressure before attending Christopher Durang’s rich, layered, prize-winning play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” on-stage at Cleveland Play House’s Allen Theatre through April 26. 

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See the "tale as old as time" at Bellevue Senior High School this weekend

Bellevue Senior High School theater director Angie Sommers said this year’s spring show is the most expensive the school has ever tackled. But expense hasn’t caused high school thespian troupes to shy away from “Beauty and the Beast.” The popular Disney tale about inner beauty, deceiving appearances and the capacity for redemption is one of the top five performed musicals among high schools, Sommers said.

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