Cleveland Winter '13 Theater Calendar
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by Roy Berko
Don't just hunker down during Cleveland's upcoming season of discontent and snow, support the local theatres. BTW…tickets or gift cards to local theatres make great holiday presents!
216-241-6000 or go to www.clevelandplayhouse.com
January 11-February 3
BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE
A classic comedy in which a beautiful and sexy witch, who is frustrated by a lack of romance in her life, is smitten by her handsome neighbor.
February 15-March 10
THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF Bessie Smith
This soulful musical takes place in a private parlor in Memphis, circa 1930, where sexy and sassy Bessie Smith takes center stage.
February 27-March 9
(A CPH/CWRU MFA Acting program production)
Asks, "who am I" by examining seven lives filtered through the ideas of August Strindberg.
March 22-April 14
Margie Walsh, in this funny 2011 Tony nominee, wants to escape from Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo and lots of beer. She may have found her exit route when an old flame, now a big success, comes back.
April 19-May 22
A take on THE HEIRESS, this comedy about women and their relationships finds a sheltered girl falling in love with a starving artist, but, her mother, doesn't approve.
216-932-3396 or dobama.org
December 7 - January 6
A drama concerning 21 year-old Leon, who comes to his feisty, 91 year-old grandmother (portrayed by Dorothy Silver, the Grande dame of Cleveland Theatre) for solace. In a single month they infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other.
February 22-March 17
SONS OF THE PROPHET
In this comedy/tragedy, Joseph, a distant relative of Kahlil Gibran, author of THE PROPHET, desperately tries to keep his Pennsylvania Lebanese-American family from breaking apart.
216-241-6000 or go to www.playhousesquare.org.
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
An outrageous tune-filled musical which tells the story of a trio of uninhibited friends who find themselves on a battered old bus in the middle of the Australian outback.
YOU SAY TOMATO, I SAY SHUT UP, A LOVE STORY
Real life partners/actors/comedians/writers probe what happens when two people in a thirteen-year marriage suddenly decide that "we're just not that into us." (Not recommended for children.)
A return visit of the 25th anniversary production of the legendary smash musical based on the Victor Hugo novel.
THE BLUE MAN GROUP
The wildly popular show, appropriate for all ages, combines makeup, comedy, music and technology.
February 22-March 22
JOSHUA SETH'S BEYOND BELIEF
Award winning Joshua Seth returns for a one-man show, called "amazingly captivating," featuring laughter, mind-reading and magic.
A musical based on the movie SISTER ACT, tells the story of a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and hides out in a convent!
The amazingly staged World War I story of a horse, a boy and the meaning of loyalty. A must see experience! The puppetry and special effects are breathtaking.
216-521-2540 or http://www.beckcenter.org
December 7 - January 6
The comic book inspired musical of a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find the parents who abandoned her on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage.
March 1-April 21
NEXT TO NORMAL
The Tony Award-winning pop rock musical that examines a suburban family dealing with the traumatic effects of mental illness.
March 22-April 21
THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES
John Guare's Drama Critics' and Obie Award winning play about an aspiring songwriter who wants to escape the life he despises and pursue a musical career.
330-374-7568 or go to www.actorssummit.org
January 17-February 3
A drama which centers on two successful writers whose passion for life, literature and artful prose leads to asking, "What is real?" and "What is the meaning of truth?".
February 21-March 10
FREUD'S LAST SESSION
Investigates a fictional London meeting, on the day England enters WWII, between Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis and C.S. Lewis, the author of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, which cleverly probes God, love, sex, and the meaning of life!
May 16-June 2
A comedy probing male bonding which finds two men preparing for a manimar (seminar), while fearing that they are becoming too sensitive as they practice their tales of manliness.
CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE
216-631-2727 or go on line to www.cptonline.org
January 4-February 4
WATERWAYS (PART 1 OF THE ELEMENTS CYCLE)
Focuses on humans' deep connection to water and the local proximity to Lake Erie, the production incorporates music, dance and other performance forms.
February 21-March 9
EARTH PLAYS (PART 2 OF THE ELEMENTS CYCLE)
Explores past, current movements, and future dreams, in order to highlight the relationship of humans to the ground on which they walk.
March 21-April 6
NICK & JEREMY
Reveals secrets of the universe by way of conspiracy theories, group hypnosis, coin flips, narcotic cocktails, idealistic propaganda, cynical detachment, desperate hope, and puppets.
March 21-April 6
The moving tale of one woman's journey into her own mind and its recovery after a stroke.
May 2-May 18
A portrait of passion, destruction and examination of how love leaves a person shipwrecked, deeply burned and unquenchable.
THERE IS A HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS
After engaging in an extreme display of public affection on the lawn of a college campus, two professors must apologize or justify their behavior to students and the college administration.
My 23-June 8
RUSTED HEART BROADCAST
After a pandemic destroys most human life on the planet, one group of Clevelanders look for the way to stay alive.
440-525-7526 or http://www.lakelandcc.edu
February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
NEXT TO NORMAL
The 2008 Tony Award-winning musical addresses grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse, and ethics in modern psychiatry as a mother struggles with her worsening bipolar disorder.
216-321-2930 or http://www.ensemble-theatre.com
January 25-February 17
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAMES
Probes the tensions between memoires as two adult African Americans recount their experiences regarding the 1930 racial crimes in Marion, Indiana.
March 7-24 (performed in repertoire)
THE COLUMBI NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
(COCOPELLI by Stuart Hoffman, LIZARD PLAY by Carol Laursen and ONE ON ONE by Ed Walsh & Robert Noll)
April 19-May 12
THE ICEMAN COMETH
Eugene O'Neill's monumental morbidly funny drama about the homecoming of Hickey, a charismatic traveling salesman, by a group of drunks and dreamers.
GREAT LAKES THEATRE
http://www.greatlakestheater.org or 216-241-6000
February 22-March 10
A spook-tacular comedy classic about the aftermath of a "spirited" séance gone wrong resulting in a writer coming face-to-face with his dead wife and her disdain for his present wife.
March 29-April 14
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Shakespeare's comic battle of wits and wills which centers on a scorching exchange of insults, and an attempt to save true love.
GUYS AND DOLLS
The American classic musical, based on the "New Yawk" stories of Damon Runyon, with a score by Frank Loesser, that concerns gamblers, the Salvation Army, showgirls, and lots of toe-tapping fun and romance. (Produced by Great Lakes Theatre as part of the Key Bank Broadway series)
www.nonetoofragile.com or 330-671-4563
February (dates tba)
A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE
A dark comedy exposing the obsessions, prejudices, madness, horrors, and above all, the absurdities that crawl beneath it.
convergence-continuum.org or 216-687-0074
March 22-April 20
When Peggy, a good Christian woman, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripper over her lover's wooden leg in a motel room, chaos erupts in Winters, Texas.
To see a composite of the reviews of members of the Cleveland Critics Circle, go to www.clevelandtheaterreviews.com