Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Sweat,” currently on stage at Cleveland Play House, seems better suited for the half-time entertainment at an AFL–CIO union event.
There is one line within the first few pages of Annie Baker’s mammoth 106-page script for “John” that seems to speak on behalf of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright when it comes to this 2015 play.
It doesn’t happen often, but occasionally a small sliver of paper falls out of the Playbill you’ve just been handed as you take your seat at the theater. On it is the announcement that a character normally played by a particular performer will be played by someone else.
Now playing in the small performance space buried beneath the lobby of the grand Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square are two one-act plays that have not recently seen the light of day.
“In an innovative, tradition-defying rethinking of one of the greatest comedies in the English language,” begins a satirical article in a recent posting on theonion.com, “Morristown Community Players director Kevin Hiles announced Monday his bold intention to set his theater's production of …
Picasso painted “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” at the age of 26. Dalí completed “The Persistence of Memory” by 27. Michelangelo unveiled a completed “David” when 29.
Edward Albee’s 1962 drama “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” invites audiences to be a collective fly on the wall of George and Martha’s modest home to witness their cruel psychological warfare, intense verbal abuse and what amounts to some of the best writing in the American theater.
“This is what theater is supposed to do – stimulate controversy,” a character in the comedy “After-Play” reasons with his three self-absorbed companions as they discuss over dinner the show they just saw.
“Hello, Dolly!” is a star vehicle plain and simple. It has been since the original Broadway and London productions over 50 years ago.
While the moral at the end of the jukebox musical “Mamma Mia!” is that true love comes but once in a lifetime, the show itself apparently comes with much greater frequency.
Actor Denzel Washington, who won a Tony in 2010 for his portrayal of protagonist Troy Maxson in the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Pulitzer-winning “Fences,” recently led a $5 million fundraising effort to restore the playwright’s childhood home, to be completed in 2020.
It’s been suggested that the Hanna Theatre in Playhouse Square is haunted. Perhaps. But the Allen Theatre just down the street most certainly has things that go bump in the night and during the matinees, courtesy of the Cleveland Play House’s season opener “The Woman in Black.”
With trap-doors, secret rooms and false identities, the murder mystery currently on stage at Clague Playhouse has all the makings of an evening of intrigue and horror. But Jack Sharkey’s “Murder Room” also has imbecilic characters, a script filled with farce and director Ron Newell at the he…
Kenneth Jones’ “Alabama Story” may have been a 2014 finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, but the play – currently on stage at Ensemble Theatre – seems inspired by the works of Harper Lee and Thornton Wilder.
“Isn't it bliss? Don't you approve?” asks Desirée in the opening refrain of the money-song “Send in the Clowns” in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s 1973 Tony Award-winning musical “A Little Night Music.”
In a season that champions the work of six award-winning women, Dobama Theatre could not have chosen a more popular, powerful or problematic playwright than Dominique Morisseau for its opening production.
Any stage version of a weighty, timeworn Victorian tome is likely to come up short in terms of content, context and authorial voice. Such complex storytelling is not easy to capture in the short form typical of live theater.