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Play House presents one-woman memoir of wartime horrors

The Cleveland Play House has a most unusual show in “The Pianist of Willesden Lane.” In it, Mona Golabek recalls the childhood experiences of her mother’s separation from her parents in Nazi Germany. Raised by well-intentioned strangers in England, Lisa Jura had both a passion and a talent for playing the piano. Storyteller Golabek too […]

“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 […]