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‘Motown: The Musical’ overwhelms the senses at Broadway Series

PlayhouseSquare’s Broadway Series continues with “Motown: The Musical” at the State Theatre. The show is by Berry Gordy, who led the legendary Motown record label. In it, you’ll hear about sixty of the selections from “the Motown catalog,” along with some original music in the style of Motown. There’s a minimum of dialogue, and the [...]

Great Lakes Theater transforms ‘Les Miserables’ into an intimate experience

For the next four weeks, there’s a major revolution going on at the Hanna Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. Great Lakes Theater has morphed the huge, sprawling, mega-musical hit “Les Miserables” into an intimate encounter with passion-driven characters. While past productions captured the epic sweep of Victor Hugo’s story, the current incarnation makes all of the plot [...]

Play House opens season with domestic squabbles in “The Little Foxes”

It may be that “The Little Foxes” is the play most produced at the Cleveland Play House.  A lobby display documents multiple past productions.  That is fine with me because it confirms that Lillian Hellman’s 1939 script about a Southern family’s squabbles a half century earlier is still relevant today.  The current production is a [...]

Clague Playhouse resurrects old psychological drama

“An Inspector Calls” is currently on stage at Clague Playhouse. The show is not exactly a mystery, nor a drama, but it has elements of both, with some comedy thrown in as well. At the home of a wealthy British industrialist, a celebratory dinner is in process with an engagement announced between the gentleman’s daughter [...]

 

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