Great Lakes Theater's Social Media Night at Blithe Spirit

Between our anniversary and Jump Back Ball, Scott and I decided to make a mini Cleveland vacation out of last weekend. So we extended our stay at the PlayhouseSquare Wyndham to include both Friday and Saturday nights. While Scott’s ideal vacation plan was to take a night off to relax in the hotel,…

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Recap: SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody at PlayhouseSquare

This weekend was spent loading new furniture into our house. After more than a few speedbumps (like half our couch arriving in the wrong shape and color), I was clamoring to escape for a couple hours. SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody at PlayhouseSquare was to the rescue. I’ll be honest. Before the curtain went up on Sunday’s performance,…

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GIVEAWAY: Girls' Day Out at PlayhouseSquare's SPANK!

UPDATE: In addition to entering my giveaway below for SPANK! at PlayhouseSquare, you can increase your chances of winning by checking out Smitten in Cleveland’s, WhyCLE’s and Life in the CLE’s giveaways going on now. *** I find that when I need to blow off steam, a Girls’ Night (or Day) Out is the…

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Two Gentlemen of Verona at Great Lakes Theater Festival

In the Great Lakes Theater Festival’s last production, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), there is a bit where the performers combine the plots from all of the Bard’s comedies into one madcap, convoluted reading. The justification is that all of his comedies recycle the same plot devices. And with the prevalence of cross-dressing, mis-matched, young lovers in his…

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Great Lakes Theater Festival's An Ideal Husband: An Ideal Complement to Othello

My first inclination when Great Lakes Theater Festival announced their Fall Repertory of Othello and An Ideal Husband was to focus on the differences between the two plays. The first is a tragic, psychological, Shakespearean thriller.  The second, a witty “social comedy” by Oscar Wilde.  However, after seeing the second half of the Fall Rep when…

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John Lithgow: Teller of Tales at the Hanna Theatre

    Why do we love to be told stories?          This past Sunday, actor John Lithgow returned to the Great Lakes Theater Festival for a performance of “Stories by Heart” which examines why people are entranced by listening to — and in some cases, telling — stories.   Both a former member of GLTF and the son…

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No 'offending shadows' at the Great Lakes Theater Festival

  Before I moved to Cleveland, I worked for a couple of theatres in Philly.  I enjoyed it a lot — working in subscriptions and marketing departments and working backstage on a show for a year.  Even when I stopped being involved, I still loved experiencing Philly’s vibrant theatre community and the shows…

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Exploring Hidden Cleveland

UPDATE: This post is from the 2010 Hidden Cleveland Tours.  For more information about the Downtown Cleveland Alliance’s current series, check their site out here. Although living in Cleveland the last couple of years has helped me get a decent grasp on what the city has to offer, my awareness of just…

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