2014 Winter/Spring Cleveland Theater Offerings

Roy Berko

(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
YENTEL
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
CLYBOURNE PARK
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
INFORMED CONSENT
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.

DOBAMA
216-932-3396 or dobama.org

Jan 24 - Feb 23
THE ALIENS
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
KIN
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.

PLAYHOUSESQUARE
216-241-6000 or go to www.playhousesquare.org.

Jan 7-12-Palace Theatre
CHICAGO
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.

March 19-22--
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
FLASHDANCE
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
JERSEY BOYS
The story of how four blue-collar kids became THE FOUR SEASONS, one of the greatest successes in pop music history.

BECK CENTER
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
SEMINAR-Studio Theatre
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.

ACTOR'S SUMMIT
330-374-7568 or go to www.actorssummit.org

Jan 16-Feb 2
PHOTOGRAPH 51
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
BUS STOP
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
EXACT CHANGE
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
SISTERS (workshop)
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
ANCESTRA
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.

ENSEMBLE THEATRE
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
DEATHTRAP
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.

none-too-fragile
www.nonetoofragile.com or 330-671-4563

February, 2014
LOVE DRUNK
Delves into the combative nature of seduction between strangers, age and the lies people tell themselves and others.

March/April, 2014
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
GIDION'S KNOT
Plunges the audience into a deceptively simple situation -- a parent teacher conference. However, this encounter is anything but simple.

KARAMU
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.

BLANK CANVAS
440-941-0458 or www.blankcanvastheatre.com

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Roy Berko Roy Berko, a life-long Clevelander, holds degrees, through the doctorate from Kent State, University of Michigan and The Pennsylvania State University. Roy was an actor for many years, appearing in more than 16 plays, 8 TV commercials, and 3 films. He has directed more than 30 productions. A member of the American Critics Association, the Dance Critics Association and The Cleveland Critics Circle, he has been an entertainment reviewer for more than twenty years.

For many years he was a regular on Channel 5, ABC-Cleveland's "Morning Exchange" and "Live on 5," serving as the stations communication consultant. He has also appeared on "Good Morning America." Roy served as the Director of Public Relations for the Volunteer Office in the White House during the first Clinton Administration.

He is a professor of communication and psychology who taught at George Washington University, University of Maryland, Notre Dame College of Ohio and Towson University. Roy is the author of 31 books. Several years ago, he was selected by Cleveland Magazine as one of the most interesting people in Cleveland.

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