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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 [...]

St. Joseph Academy raises funds at Westlake celebration

Cleveland’s St. Joseph Academy has worked on and tweaked its annual fundraiser to the point that it runs like clockwork. Called Celebrate the Academy, this year’s gala grew to include almost 500 guests. They gathered at Westlake’s LaCentre Conference & Banquet Facility, a venue that makes any event look great – and St. Joseph Academy was [...]