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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New London to present "Alice in Wonderland"

Folks attending New London’s production of “Alice” will still be transported to Wonderland, but without the music.
The Wildcats will perform a non-musical production of the familiar tale at 7 p.m. April 10 and 11. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. and tickets will cost $7 for students and $4 for adults. The prices increase if you wish to sit at a table in the front row — an arrangement that features snacks and drinks. Front row prices are $9 for adults and $5 for students.

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Check out Bellevue Society for the Arts’ 2015-2016 season

Bellevue Society for the Arts will begin its 2015–16 season with a bang. 
Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun” will open the season on Friday, Sept. 18. 
Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades the novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show.

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Willard High School presents final show in the Performing Arts Center, "Wizard of Oz"

In “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy didn’t know how great she had it at home until she was gone.

Willard High School theater director Cynthia Light, who will direct students in “The Wizard of Oz” in the final production held in the WHS performing arts center, may feel similar to Dorothy after this year.

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Edge of your seat, funny, thought provoking . . . all describe "Becky Shaw"

Explosions slice and dice the air with a ferocity and as fast as a bullet train inside the intimate Dobama Theatre space during its riveting production of “Becky Shaw,” a shockingly funny comedy of rudeness and a Pulitzer-Prize finalist.

The promising playwright Gina Gionfriddo notes in her introduction that audience members after past productions couldn’t help but dislike and assign blame to the characters for the emotional carnage at the end. She also notes she doesn’t believe the characters are “bad or wrong or crazy or worthless or unlovable.”

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Learn about Cleveland’s connection to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre . . . and laugh along the way

What do Bob Feller and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre have in common?


The former baseball great is synonymous with the city, having pitched the first opening-day no hitter in major league history. The Globe’s connection, while not nearly as famous, can serve as a valuable tidbit for Buckeye grade school students to meet Ohio history standards, any buff of the Bard or any fan of trivia.

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