2014 Winter/Spring Cleveland Theater Offerings
(Cleveland Critics Circle, American Theatre Critics Association)
Cleveland Play House
216-241-6000 or go to www.clevelandplayhouse.com
Jan 10-Feb 2-Allen Theatre
Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's short story YENTL THE YESHIVA BOY it is a tale of a young woman who defies convention and the laws of her people to fulfill her dream.
Feb14 - March 9--Allen Theatre
BREATH AND IMAGINATION
Based on the life of African-American tenor, Roland Hayes, this musical tale of faith, hope, and family traces a remarkable journey from rural Georgia to Carnegie Hall and Buckingham Palace.
March 21 - April 13--Allen Theatre
A follow-up to RAISIN IN THE SUN, this feisty and funny play asks, "Neighborhoods change, but do people?"
April 25 - May 18--Second Stage, Thrust Configuration
Based on a true story, the play takes us into the personal and national debate about science vs. belief and whether our DNA is our destiny.
May 30 - June 22--Allen Theatre
Maurice Hines IS TAPPIN' THRU LIFE
Tap dance legend Maurice Hines stars in this celebration of his life as the premiere tap dancer of his era.
216-932-3396 or dobama.org
Jan 24 - Feb 23
A modern day WAITING FOR GODOT, this award winning play is a compassionate meditation on art, friendship, loss, and a generation of young Americans trying to find their place in the world.
March 7 - April 6
MADE IN AMERICA
Esther, a savvy sales rep, and Barry, a buyer for a manufacturing company, finally meet to "seal the deal" after months of negotiating over the phone. They begin a cat and mouse game that falls into dangerous territory.
April 25 - May 25
Traveling great distances and spanning many years in the lives of its nine characters, KIN is a love story between Anna, an Ivy League poetry scholar, and Sean, an Irish personal trainer - an unlikely but somehow perfect match.
216-241-6000 or go to www.playhousesquare.org.
Jan 7-12-Palace Theatre
The "All That Jazz" award winning Kander and Ebb musical about the Prohibition age, with such songs as "Me and My Baby," "Mr. Cellophane," and "Razzle Dazzle."
Jan 14-Feb 2-Hanna Theatre
MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL
A musical parody, with tunes from the '60s, '70s, and '80s of four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra, memory loss, and host flashes.
Jan 17-Feb 1-Second Stage Theatre
LAST CALL CLEVELAND
The sketch comedy troupe with a terrible name brings their unique mix of live and taped sketches, songs and audience interaction back to Playhouse Square.
Jan 24-25-The Palace
ROCK OF AGES
A five-time Tony winning feel good story which features 28 classic rock tunes in a show about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on!
Feb 4-16-The Palace Theatre
PORGY AND BESS
This re-envisioned Broadway production of the Gershwins' classic operetta includes such legendary songs as "Summertime,: "It Ain't Necessarily So," and "I Got Plenty of Nothing," played by a 23-piece orchestra.
March 4-16--?Palace Theatre
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including "Those Canaan Days," "Any Dream Will Do" and "Close Every Door."
March 5-15-The Helen Theatre
TOO TRUE TO BE GOOD
Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program's production of G.B. Shaw's tale of a rich young woman who catches a pair of burglars in her bedroom and takes them on a course of self-discovery.
March 14-15-Ohio Theatre
CS LEWIS's THE GREAT DIVORCE
A dantesque celestial journey from hell to Paradise is filled with funny characters and wit and wisdom.
NOT BY BREAD ALONE-Ohio Theatre
Direct from Israel, eleven deaf-blind actors take the audience on a magical tour of the districts of the inner world, the world of darkness, silence and bread.
March 27-28-The Palace Theatre
Tyler Perry'S HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A WOMAN SCORNED
Tyler Perry's newest play centers on his belief that, "You can't score a woman and think you've achieved accomplishment."
April 1-13--Palace Theatre
Tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer.
May 6-18--State Theatre
The story of how four blue-collar kids became THE FOUR SEASONS, one of the greatest successes in pop music history.
216-521-2540 or http://www.beckcenter.org
Feb 7-March 9
CARRIE, THE MUSICAL-Main Stage
(In collaboration with the BW Musical Theatre Program)
A gripping tale of Carrie, the product of an overprotective mother, who is a misfit at school. She discovers she has a special power and, if pushed too far, she is willing to use it!
March 21-May 4
'NIGHT MOTHER-Studio Theatre
Marsha Norman's 1983 Pulitzer Prize play will star Dorothy Silver and Laura Perotta. It explores the last hours of the life a woman who has decided that life isn't worth living.
May 30-June 29
A biting comedy in which four aspiring novelists sign up for a writing class that results in their fighting over their writing, their relations and their futures.
330-374-7568 or go to www.actorssummit.org
Jan 16-Feb 2
Biology, ethics, women's equality, anti-Semitism...all play a role in this true story about Rosalind Franklin who may have missed receiving the Nobel Prize because her standards were too high.
Feb 20-March 9
William Inge's tale about a group of travelers who seek shelter in a diner in the middle of a snow storm.
March 27-April 13
HANDLE WITH CARE
A new comedy about a young woman from Israel, who, while desperately trying to find her grandmother, finds love.
May 1-May 25
RING OF FIRE
Johnny Cash's life story, his songs, and struggles are played out with "A Boy Named Sue," "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line," and, of course, "Man in Black."
CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE
216-631-2727 or go on line to www.cptonline.org
January 9 - January 25
A one-person staging of the personal story of noted Cleveland actor, journalist, and theater critic Christine Howey (formerly Dick Howey).
January 30 - February 15
AIR WAVES? (Part Three of the Elements Cycle)
Explores the powerful effect humanity has had, and can have, on the very air we breathe.
March 6 - March 22
TITUS: A GRAND AND GORY ROCK MUSICAL
Shakespeare rolls over in his grave as his bloodiest, most horrifying script gets a total makeover as a rock musical.
March 27 - March 29
A workshop/reading that envisions Shakespeare's witches before they encountered "The Scottish King."
April 10 - April 26
A KILLING GAME
A staging by Dog & Pony DC, a quickly rising ensemble company from Washington DC, known for their quirky and wild productions that involve everyone in the fun.
April 17 - May 3
THE DROWNING GIRLS
Alice, Bessie and Margaret surface from the still waters of their bathtubs to deliver their post-mortem testimony and tell how they were wooed, wed, insured, and murdered.
May 2 - May 3
DECONSTRUCTING Kurt Weill: THE AMERICAN SONGS
??When Kurt Weill fled Nazi Germany and settled in New York City in the early 1930s, his American musicals proved nearly as provocative, tackling the most serious of social and political issues. (Co-produced with The Musical Theatre Project)
May 15 - May 31
THIS IS NOT THE PLAY
Imagines a black playwright trying to write a play about white people. The problem is that the characters seem to have minds of their own.
May 15 - May 31
LEFT IN INK
A devised documentary performance about people who have memorial tattoos for suicide victims.
May 22 - June 7
Tells stories of heritage, sisterhood and overcoming adversity by combining traditional and original songs with spoken-word poetry and movement to remind of those who came before and the power of possibilities for the future.
216-321-2930 or http://www.ensemble-theatre.com
January 31st - February 23rd
KNOCK ME A KISS
A fictional account inspired by the actual events surrounding the 1928 marriage of W.E.B. Du Bois's daughter Yolande to one of Harlem's great poets, Countee Cullen.
April 18th-May 11th
BEYOND THE HORIZON
This winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama explores what happens when two men love the same woman and the compromises each will make to have her.
GREAT LAKES THEATRE
http://www.greatlakestheater.org or 216-241-6000
Feb 21-March 16-Hanna Theatre
When a Broadway playwright struggles to overcome a dry spell that's resulted in a string of flops his fortunes turn when one of his students shares a brilliant new script. He conceives of a trap to snare the script and take credit for its creation.
April 4-19-Hanna Theatre
AS YOU LIKE IT
Shakespeare's romantic comedy in which a clandestine, gender-bending courtship results in changing unexpected lovers in this timeless and transcendent romantic comedy.
www.nonetoofragile.com or 330-671-4563
Delves into the combative nature of seduction between strangers, age and the lies people tell themselves and others.
IN A FOREST DARK AND DEEP
Neil LaBute unflinchingly explores the dark territory beyond "the lies you tell yourself to get by."
May/ June, 2014
Plunges the audience into a deceptively simple situation -- a parent teacher conference. However, this encounter is anything but simple.
www.karamuhouse.org or 216-795-7077
Jan 31-Feb 23
CEREMONIES IN DARK OLD MEN
Lonnie Elder's poignant story of a family in 1950s Harlem.
March 14-Apirl 6
THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY
A serious-minded comedy about wrestling, geopolitics and raisin bread.
May 23-June 15
THE COLOR PURPLE
A revival of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize winning novel and 1985 film, is an inspiring family saga of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity.
440-941-0458 or www.blankcanvastheatre.com