Lakewood OH


Restored Ohio Theatre Lobby Completes Playhouse Square gem

The transformation of the lobby of the Ohio Theater at Playhouse Square was so dynamic, that the organization based a major fundraiser around its premiere. The site of “A Christmas Carol” and other shows for a quarter century, the Ohio Lobby was painted in shades of green that gave only a glimpse of its ornate past in the 1920’s. More than 700 guests, including a strong contingent from our readership, celebrated the “restoration of the legacy”. Specially created carpeting replicates the original pattern and color, and classic murals adorn the walls. The color palate of the plasterwork now includes gold and blood red. The restoration of the lobby was a look back, but the funds raised at the event look forward to special performances at Playhouse Square for children on the autism spectrum who can only enjoy a sensory-limited experience. Above are Nicolle and Thom McGowan of Bay Village and Karen and Fred Kappus of Rocky River.

Child custody is a provocative topic in Play House production of ‘Luna Gale’

The potentially dull subject matter of an infant’s custody battle becomes a field of provocative questions in the play “Luna Gale.” Currently on stage in the Allen Theatre, “Luna Gale” is the story of an out-of-wedlock baby and the trauma of figuring out what is best for her. The focus first is on the parents. […]

Great Lakes Theater puts old spin on murder mystery

One of the themes of Great Lakes Theater is “reinventing the classics.” Its current production of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” gives the play a retro spin, proving that “everything that’s old is new again.” First a novel, then turned into multiple movies and a stage play, “And Then There Were None” has endured […]

Great Lakes Theater celebrates with ‘Sonnets & Serenades’

With its roots firmly established in Lakewood, Great Lakes Theater celebrated the present and future with its fundraiser, “Sonnets & Serenades,” at home in PlayhouseSquare’s Hanna Theatre. As the organization has grown and expanded, it retains a friendly, almost clubby, aura. At the benefit, artistic director Charlie Fee introduced a humorous sonnet written by longtime trustee John […]



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