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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 […]

Arthritis Foundation honors Indians and Terry Francona

Generally among baseball fans, it is acknowledged that Terry Francona is an all-around nice guy. The 150 guests who were at the Arthritis Foundation Community Leader of the Year Award Dinner found that out first hand as the organization honored Francona in a tribute. The event venue was Marriott’s Key Center. The night started with […]

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 […]