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“Dirty Dancing” recreates movie moments

I have very few memories of the very popular movie “Dirty Dancing” which was released twenty-five years ago. It has been transformed into a large, Broadway style musical. At the opening night at the Connor Palace, part of the Broadway series,  it was apparent that most of the audience had more powerful memories of the […]

Classic “Dial ‘M’ for Murder” moves Great Lakes Theater in a new direction

Great Lakes Theater is currently presenting a classic psychological thriller in their production of “Dial ‘M’ for Murder”. Written in the 1950’s the show is lovingly set in its era, but with some nods to contemporary technology in the production design. Even those audience members who remember the movie or the stage play in other […]

‘Animal Attractions’ attracts zoo supporters

Although it started out as a way to get young professionals to support the Cleveland Zoological Society, “Animal Attractions” has grown into an annual sold-out event. This year, about 500 guests of all ages met at the zoo’s rainforest to hear about the love lives of the residents.The night and the topic appealed to young […]

Beck’s ‘Dogfight’ evokes Vietnam era

The Beck Center for the Arts continues its drama season with “Dogfight,” a musical we would be unlikely to see anywhere else. The production evokes selected elements of the war in Vietnam just as the conflict was starting. That it is set in San Francisco magnifies the imagery: San Francisco was the epicenter of the […]

 

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