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Huntington Playhouse premieres a new ‘Christmas Carol’

The latest, and final, entry into the Christmas-themed shows on area stages opened last weekend. Huntington Playhouse is presenting an adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” called “A Producer’s Christmas Carol.” Other theater options for the season are a return to “Annie” at the Beck Center. While not a Christmas show, it does use a President [...]

Great Lakes Theater celebrates 25 years of ‘A Christmas Carol’

In the quarter of a century that the Great Lakes Theater Festival has presented “A Christmas Carol,” there have been changes. Probably every costume and set piece has been rebuilt, and certainly the cast has changed. Yet, the spine of the show, adapted and first directed by Gerald Freedman, has remained constant. His direction has [...]

Passion rules stages at BW and PlayhouseSquare

There’s passionate romance both in downtown Cleveland with the Broadway touring production of “Once,” and in Berea with Baldwin Wallace University’s unusual production of “Carousel.” Both shows run through Sunday, so this week is the final opportunity to see the talented casts in first-rate settings. A surprise entry to the Broadway theater scene last year [...]

Holiday capers and sexual battles are on area stages

The first Christmas gift of the year has arrived from Clague Playhouse, our community theater in Westlake. A repeat of last year’s successful  “A Broadway Christmas Carol,” this year’s production features a new cast and mostly new creative staff. The show has elements of parody much like the decades-old “Forbidden Broadway” productions, combined with a [...]