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Convergence-continuum theater goes doubly surreal with ‘Lobster Alice’

To the credit of the quirky and dedicated convergence-continuum theater, its productions are usually marked with a surreal quality in character, storyline or both. In its current production, “Lobster Alice,” there are a lot of elements that hold massive potential for this style. Sadly, playwright Kira Obolensky makes little use of the potential in the [...]

Clague Playhouse presents mature comedy

Clague Playhouse is currently presenting the very solid play “Lost in Yonkers.” It represents Neil Simon as a mature playwright of complex works. That the Clague production is also mature is a huge plus for the audience. Neil Simon made his big Broadway splash a half-century ago with “The Odd Couple.” In a short time [...]

Locals and ‘Idols’ are in touring production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

A musical that has endured partly because of the way it resonates with viewers is “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The first huge hit by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice was years before “The Phantom of the Opera.” This show was originally created as a piece for children to perform at Bible schools. [...]

Professional stages aglow with plays of dark content

There’s a double reason to travel to PlayhouseSquare this weekend. On the Hanna stage, Great Lakes Theater has a classy production of the twisting comic murder mystery “Deathtrap.” Across the street, the Allen Theatre is home to “Breath and Imagination,” a beautiful and sometimes disturbing look at Roland Hayes, one of the most successful concert [...]