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Touring ‘Pippin’ gives a totally original theater expereince

By Art Thomas The current offering of the Broadway series at PlayhouseSquare is a newly created production of “Pippin.” On Broadway for the first time in 1972, “Pippin” was my first New York theater experience. The story of a young man who is trying to clarify his own values and the role he will play [...]

Cleveland Play House moves ‘Five Guys Named Moe’ into 21st century

“Five Guys Named Moe,” featuring the music of Louis Jordan, is currently on stage at the Cleveland Play House. Jordan has been called a “crossover” composer. His work spanned blues, soul and R&B, and his audience was both black and white. While some may not be familiar with the name Louis Jordan, if they are [...]

Clague Playhouse production of “Trying” rewards and satisfies.

If you’re ever had to deal with an older person who was mentally “not quite there”, you have the background experience to appreciate the premise in “Trying”.  Currently on stage at Clague Playhouse, “Trying” on one level deals with a retired judge who needs a part time secretary to help him with his correspondence and [...]

Local supporters make Starlight Ball a success for Christ Child Society

The Christ Child Society of Cleveland has held charity balls for 63 years. In that time, the society has acquired a strong “institutional memory” for what it takes to make a party a success. All of that heritage came into play for this year’s Starlight Ball. Returning to the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, which has been [...]