The Orange High School Thespians may be in contention for Playhouse Square Dazzle Awards for their production of the musical “Chicago,” which takes the stage April 12 and 13 at the high school.
Most people can think of better ways to spend three hours than watching four-acts of Eugene O’Neill’s emotionally wrenching “A Moon for the Misbegotten.” But those who attend Ensemble Theatre’s production will be glad they chose none of them.
Just a few months ago, Nicole Sumlin was performing her musical revue “Sing It All” – a personal journey of her life as a performer that traces her roots in gospel and jazz, her training in the classics, and her experience in musical theater. It was just her, a microphone and some live music…
The prolonged, ear-splitting sound of cicadas during “Appropriate.” The spooky Civil War-era house with its creepy dead-eyed doll collection in “John.” The political and profane provocation that is “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.”
A large part of the pleasure derived from Agatha Christie plays and the novels on which they are based is attempting to figure out for ourselves who the murderer might be based on the same clues and manipulative sleight-of-hand offered to her marvelously conceived master detectives.
When we hear the name Tennessee Williams, our thoughts gravitate toward his award-winning classics “The Glass Menagerie,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” But the playwright’s talents were first recognized in his one-act plays.
“Once” is a romantic piece of storytelling so unassuming that “Once upon a time” is too pretentious a preamble. And its melancholic tale of star-crossed love is so universal that the young, working-class dreamers at its center are identified only as “Guy” and “Girl.”
Best known for writing serious stuff, including the music for Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning “Next to Normal,” composer Tom Kitt also has a history of rescuing the occasional lightweight stray.
In “An Iliad” – an OBIE and Lortel Award-winning play conceived not long after the United States invaded Iraq and produced off-Broadway in 2012 – playwrights Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare offer a compressed, contemporized and intensely compelling take on Homer’s nearly 3000-year-old epic po…
Every year, local professional theater companies devote themselves to putting on the best shows possible. Although some companies have deeper pockets, more Actors’ Equity contracts or a grander facility than others, talent makes itself known and creativity always rises to the surface no matt…
Despite being rooted in pop culture specific to the show’s original Gen-X audience – where a takeoff of 1970s children’s television drives the comedy, Muppet-like creations take to the stage, and a fictionalized Gary Coleman is a main character – the Tony Award Triple Crown-winning “Avenue Q…
Entertainment options are pretty limited this time of year. “Which is why I thought to bring a Jewish play to the Ensemble Theatre in Cleveland Hts. the weekend before Christmas,” says director Jacqi Loewy regarding her upcoming production of the Tony Award-winning comedy “I’m Not Rappaport.”
One of the first known descriptions of post-traumatic stress disorder was made by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus who, in 490 BCE, reported an uninjured Athenian soldier’s blindness after witnessing the death of a fellow soldier.
There are hundreds of variations of the romantic fairy tale “Cinderella,” the story of a girl who is mistreated by her stepmother, saved by her fairy godmother and lived happily ever after with a prince.