Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTIONPhoto Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2019

Great Lakes Theater (GLT), Cleveland's Classic Company, commences the second half its 2018-19 season with Agatha Christie's gripping courtroom thriller, Witness for the Prosecution. The production will be performed in the company's intimate and audience-friendly home at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square, February 15 - March 10, 2019.Great Lakes Theater's own Producing Artistic Director, Charles Fee, directs the production. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's A CHRISTMAS CAROLPhoto Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2018

The stage of the Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square glows with good spirits and time-honored tradition when Great Lakes Theater (GLT) presents its 30th anniversary production of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol, running November 30 - December 23, 2018. The production has delighted more than 750,000 people in its history, making it one of northeast Ohio's most-loved and best-attended holiday events. (more...)


by Roy Berko - Oct 8, 2018

Great Lakes Theater has found a perfect combination of scripts to start its 57th season. The fun, escapist juke box musical, 'Mamma Mia!,' had the audience excitedly on its feet for the extended curtain call. 'Pride and Prejudice,' the epic story of class-stratification and misunderstanding feelings in 19th century England, also had the audience on its feet at the end. This time, instead of dancing and singing, it was applause for a well-directed and performed staging. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's PRIDE AND PREJUDICEPhoto Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2018

Jane Austen's classic romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice completes GLT's Fall Repertory pairing. While everyone around her is pressuring marriage, the outspoken Elizabeth Bennet is barely interested - until she meets the handsome, enigmatic Mr. Darcy, that is. Despite finding themselves unwittingly and unwillingly attracted to one another, will Mr. Darcy's pride and Elizabeth's prejudice undo the fledgling romance before the relationship blossoms? Fearless, funny and utterly irresistible, Jane Austen's classic is sure to steal the hearts of audiences. (more...)

Photo Flash: Great Lakes Theater Presents MAMMA MIA!Photo Flash: Great Lakes Theater Presents MAMMA MIA!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2018

Great Lakes Theater (GLT) will commence its 2018-19 season at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square with a Fall Repertory that features the smash hit feel-good musical, Mamma Mia! and Jane Austen's classic romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice. The productions will be performed in rotating repertory September 28 - November 11, 2018. (more...)

BWW Review: GLT's MAMMA MIA! Leaves Audience Singing & Dancing in the AislesBWW Review: GLT's MAMMA MIA! Leaves Audience Singing & Dancing in the Aisles
by Roy Berko - Oct 1, 2018

'Mamma Mia!,' now on stage at Great Lakes Theatre, as has been the case on Broadway and in its many local tour stops, is a thoroughly entertaining theatrical experience. The audience was on its feet for the extended curtain call, dancing, clapping, and singing. (more...)


by Roy Berko - Apr 1, 2018

Theater people are superstitious! The practices that relate to the fears have various origins. For example, 'the ghost of Thespis (the first known actor in ancient Greece) is said to wreak havoc upon theaters all over the world. The ghost light tradition-leaving a single lit bulb upstage center when the theater is empty-is meant to ward off these mischievous specters.' (more...)

BWW Review: MISERY at Great Lakes TheaterBWW Review: MISERY at Great Lakes Theater
by Roy Berko - Feb 19, 2018

When Great Lakes Theater Festival announced in June, 2009, that it's Associate Artistic Director, Andrew May, was no longer going to be part of the company, many CLE theatre-goers were shocked. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's MISERYPhoto Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's MISERY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2018

Great Lakes Theater presents Stephen King's Misery February 16 - March 11, 2018 at Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square. Get a first look at the production in the photos below! (more...)

BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Delights at Great Lakes TheaterBWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Delights at Great Lakes Theater
by Roy Berko - Oct 9, 2017

Those who are afraid of seeing Shakespeare because of the oft abstract language and confusing plot twists should fear not. This production is a total delight, with a nice mash-up of comedy and outlandish farce, mixed in with a little lover's stardust. It's definite must see! (more...)

Review Roundup: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTREDAME at Great Lakes TheatreReview Roundup: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTREDAME at Great Lakes Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2017

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME plays at Great Lakes Theatre through November 4, and the critics are weighing in! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Great Lakes TheaterPhoto Flash: First Look at A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Great Lakes Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2017

Great Lakes Theater (GLT) commences its 2017-18 season at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square with a Fall Repertory that features the soaring musical epic in its Midwest premiere, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Shakespeare's magical comic masterpiece, A Midsummer Night's Dream. The productions are being performed in rotating repertory through November 5, 2017. Joseph Hanreddy directs A Midsummer Night's Dream. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast of 'Midsummer' in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Corey Mach and More in Great Lakes Theater's THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAMEPhoto Flash: First Look at Corey Mach and More in Great Lakes Theater's THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2017

Great Lakes Theater (GLT) commences its 2017-18 season at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square with a Fall Repertory that features the soaring musical epic in its Midwest premiere, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Shakespeare's magical comic masterpiece, A Midsummer Night's Dream. The productions will be performed in rotating repertory through November 5, 2017. Victoria Bussert directs The Hunchback of Notre Dame. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Hanna Theatre Playhouse Square presents HAMLET
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

When his suspiciously widowed mother swiftly marries his uncle, amidst demands for revenge from his murdered father's ghost, the young prince Hamlet resolves that something is indeed 'rotten in the state of Denmark.' (more...)

BWW Review: WAIT UNTIL DARK Underwhelming at Great Lakes Theater
by Roy Berko - Feb 21, 2017

Over the last number of years Great Lakes Theater has cobbled together seasons consisting of Shakespearean classics, musicals and mystery plays. The combination has proven to be very successful, with many award winning productions and audience pleasing shows being produced. (more...)

Photo Flash: Great Lakes Theater Presents WAIT UNTIL DARK
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2017

Great Lakes Theater (GLT), Cleveland's Classic Company, commences the second half its 2017-18 season with Frederick Knott's classic thriller, Wait Until Dark. The production will be performed in the company's intimate and audience-friendly home at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square, February 17 - March 12, 2017. Joseph Hanreddy directs the production. Wait Until Dark is presented through special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. (more...)

BWW Review: LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST - Lesser Script Done with Extended Farce at Great Lakes Theater
by Roy Berko - Apr 12, 2016

LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, a production of which is now on stage at Great Lakes Theater, is one of Shakespeare's earliest plays. As such, some critics believe that it is the 'work of a playwright just learning his art.' Though many of Shakespeare's plays are brilliant and have effected the course of Western Literature, Shakespeare scholars tend to view this script as a minor work in the Bard's folio. It has never been one of the playwright's more popular works. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2016

Great Lakes Theater (GLT), Cleveland's Classic Company, continues its 2016-17 season with William Shakespeare's classic comedy, Love's Labour's Lost. The production will be performed in the company's intimate and audience-friendly home at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square, April 8 - 24, 2016. Tyne Rafaeli directs the production. Scroll down to see photos! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Great Lakes Theater's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, Now Playing!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2016

Great Lakes Theater (GLT), Cleveland's Classic Company, commences the second half its 2016-17 season with Agatha Christie's classic mystery thriller, And Then There Were None. The production will be performed in the company's intimate and audience-friendly home at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square, February 26 - March 20, 2016. Charles Fee, GLT's Producing Artistic Director, directs the production. And Then There Were None is presented through special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DIAL 'M' FOR MURDER - Another Exciting Murder Mystery at GLT
by Roy Berko - Mar 2, 2015

Mystery books are the second highest money-making genre in literature, only exceeded by Romance/Erotica. They are the highest rated television demand topic. (more...)

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