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Huntington’s final musical is creepy ‘Addams Family’

Audience members at Huntington Playhouse in Bay Village remember the iconic theme music from the TV show “The Addams Family,” and they were clicking their fingers to the catchy tune on opening night. It was the first thing they heard at the playhouse, which is presenting the stage musical version of the show. The Huntington production is a nicely […]

Great Lakes Theater has contrasting shows rotating

Great Lakes Theater is presenting a beautiful but rarely seen musical and one of Shakespeare’s essential plays through the end of the month. “The Secret Garden” alternates performances with “King Lear”. For those unfamiliar, “The Secret Garden” is a story in the style of a fairy tale, but with a very dark premise. Mary Lennox […]

“Bullets Over Broadway” kicks off new season at Playhouse Square

The Broadway series at Playhouse Square opens suitably with the stage musical incarnation of Woody Allen’s film “Bullets Over Broadway.” The first thing you’ll see in this show is that it is an old-fashioned big deal Broadway musical. It is not in the romantic tradition of Rodgers and Hammerstein, but in the madcap oeuvre of  […]

Nutty Characters inhabit stages at Clague and Huntington Playhouses

There’s a lot in common between the shows currently on stage at Huntington Playhouse and Clague Playhouse. They both are mysteries of a sort, but comedy plays a large role in both productions. Both were chosen to meet the tastes of the local theater audiences, and the audiences on the nights I saw each of […]