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Beck’s ‘Young Frankenstein’ recalls Mel Brooks’ wacky movie

The Beck Center for the Arts is presenting what is probably the area premiere of “Young Frankenstein.” If you remember the movie by Mel Brooks from the mid-1970s, you’ll recall that it was in black and white and was not a musical. This adaptation by Brooks himself features a complete score, a full orchestra and, [...]

Huntington musical based on real-life romantic criminal

If you remember the movie “Catch Me If You Can,” you’ll probably also remember that it was based on the life of an amazing criminal, Frank Abagnale, who flew on hundreds of Pan Am Airlines flights simply by impersonating a pilot. He did this at the remarkably young age of 18. He went on to [...]

Birds, both creepy and comforting, dominate dreamy play

Being a lover of birds, I was attracted to the convergence-continuum production of “A Map of Virtue.” This season’s plays at the Tremont neighborhood theater have animals as its focus, and this one involves a bird. The show is a dense 70 minutes of theater. Like many of the shows at convergence-continuum, the title of [...]

Tap dancing legend tells all on Play House stage

There’s still time to catch Maurice Hines on stage at the Cleveland Play House. Along with his brother Gregory, the Hines brothers were the premier tap dancers for decades. “Tappin’ Thru Life” was written and choreographed by Maurice Hines. In it, he tells stories about his life in showbiz. He also sings nearly two dozen [...]

 

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