Cleveland's Holiday Arts and Entertainment: My 2013 Top 10

Blogkeeping: Congratulations, entry 6 – Melanie, for winning the Rachael Ray Week in a Day giveaway. Please respond to my email by 5pm ET on Wednesday (12/11). It’s time for one of my favorite blog posts of the year — my wrap-up of holiday arts and entertainment coming to Cleveland.…

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Good People at Cleveland Play House is Great

It’s a tall order to combine broad laughs, social commentary, and a melancholy, intimate, character-driven story. But Good People – currently onstage at Cleveland Play House’s Allen Theatre through April 14 – succeeds with a subtle mastery. When I was invited to attend Good People’s opening night last week, I was greeted by a “Welcome to South Boston” mural overlooking the back…

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In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play at the Cleveland Play House

With a name like “the Vibrator Play” one can’t help but have some bubbling expectations as they take their seat at Cleveland Play House’s latest production. Is it a bawdy tale of lust and love? A stark look at humanity’s primal urges? An expose on 1950s horror movie gimmicks? And how important was that ‘mature […]

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Cleveland Play House's New Ground Theatre Festival

I’ve written a lot over the last season about the changes going on at Cleveland Play House this season – from their move downtown to their increased dedication to audience engagement. It’s been an exciting ride seeing a theatre that’s almost 100 years old not be content to rest on its laurels and…

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The Game's Afoot for the Holidays at the Cleveland Play House

A triple murder and assassination attempt may not be the first things that come to mind when I think about the holidays. However, the world premiere of Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) at Cleveland Play House is a hilarious, quirky and thrilling alternative to your standard holiday entertainment. The Game’s Afoot opens with a performance of one of…

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Cleveland Play House's Life of Galileo

With a $32 million “Power of 3″ fundraising campaign and a renovation project that’s been going on for a year, Cleveland Play House opened its doors to the public this month with Bertolt Brecht’s The Life of Galileo. A couple days before seeing the show last week, I got to take a…

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Coming Soon to a Cleveland Theatre Near You…

In another life long long ago (err, 6 years ago) and far far away (Philly), I used to work in theatre.  Specifically, marketing, sales and a little bit of backstage production work (random factoid #352: I worked backstage on this show for almost 2 years when it was in Philadelphia).  So when Fall rolls around, I get excited…

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The Cleveland Play House Sends Off Euclid Ave. Theatre with FusionFest

This coming Fall, the Cleveland Play House will be making a huge move from its home for the last 84 years at 8500 Euclid Avenue to PlayhouseSquare’s newly transformed Allen Theatre. The year-long, $30 million-plus transformation of the historic movie palace just hit its halfway point earlier this month.  And…

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