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Inspiring ‘Porgy and Bess’ tours Cleveland

There are a few American musical works that rise to the top of everyone’s “best” list. “Porgy and Bess” is one of those, and we are lucky enough to have a major production of the show in town through Sunday. Written by George and Ira Gershwin with DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, the creators captured the [...]

Another look at ‘Menopause, The Musical’ at PlayhouseSquare

After a two-year run in a converted restaurant space at the Hanna Building, “Menopause, The Musical” has found another Cleveland home in the creatively restored Hanna Theatre. A musical celebration of “the change,” this show seems to be an empowering production for women, which is one of the goals of its creator, Jeanie Linders. Linders’ [...]

Dead writer lives on at Clague Playhouse stage

One thing I like a lot about Clague Playhouse is that each season presents one or two plays that are not seen anywhere else in the area. Such is the case with “Ghost-Writer.” The play is an oddity. It is a completely old-fashioned play, written a few years ago. It is intriguing because it has [...]

Area volunteers head major fundraiser for Christ Child Society

When Westlake’s Susan and Robert Smith were chosen as the Christ Child Society of Cleveland’s People of the Year last December, they continued their generosity by helping with this year’s fundraiser. The Christ Child Society is dedicated to meeting the needs of children, and has done so for the last 97 years. Female members assemble [...]