Weekend of 01/21/11 – 01/23/11
There’s a lot of theater going on in the Cleveland area this weekend, so be sure catch a show at one of the local theaters in town! Below is a brief list of just a few of the great productions playing around town.
Don’t see your production? Leave the details for your show in the comments section!
Now – 30, 2011
From that first blind date to the chaos of planning the wedding, Romantic Fools pokes fun at the contortions that love puts us through. Each of the twelve brief scenes has its own style – ranging from Saturday Night Live to the Marx Brothers.
Ashtabula Arts Center
Now – 29, 2011
The show is set in the year is 1962 and Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad is going to do whatever it takes to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show! Can a big girl with big dreams, and even bigger hair, turn the whole town around and still have time to win the boy she loves?
Cleveland Play House
BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS
Now through January 30, 2011
Celebrate the remarkable life and times of the multi-talented entertainment powerhouse, Ginger Rogers. Backwards In High Heels is a funny and moving celebration of that charming dame who could “dance before she could walk,” combining cherished standards from Berlin, Gershwin and Kern with original songs and stunning dance sequences. The effect is a toe-tapping, swirling, gliding account of her ambitious public and private life.
Cleveland Public Theatre
BIG [BOX] 2011:
Clevland State University – Factory Theater
WINTER SHORTS – Student One Act Play Festival
January 21 & 22 only
LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC
Now – February 6, 2011
A sweet, romantic drama set in 1941 that tells the story of a young couple, May and Raleigh, who first meet on a train going to a small town in Kentucky called Nibroc.
Geauga Lyric Theater Guild – Skip Kelley Youth Theater
Now – 23, 2011
The beautiful simplicity of Our Town begins with its set: nothing but the raw stage, a few ladders, some lights—things you normally think nothing of. This timeless American play is told through the eyes of the Stage Manager, who allows a girl named Emily to relive a day in her life, then stands back and watches.
North Canton Playhouse
Now – 30, 2011
Her career spanned from comedienne to Vaudeville star. In The Ziegfeld Follies, in Hollywood films and on the radio, Fanny Brice was one of the most celebrated entertainers of her time. This show is her story.
The Players Guild Theatre
Now – 30, 2011
The magical tale focuses on a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother and self-centered stepsisters. Cinderella dreams of a better life. With the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is transformed into a beautiful princess and after many entertaining twists and turns, meets her prince charming.
PlayhouseSquare (Hanna Theatre)
Produced by the Beck Center
Now – 30, 2011
This musical is a sharp, pop-music parody with irreverent humor that tells the holy inspiring story of five small-town boys trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time. Altar Boyz is a rafter-raising, soul-saving, musical-comedy spoof about a ficticious Christian boy band performing the last concert of their “Raise the Praise” tour. Join heavenly heartthrobs – Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham as they dance and sing their hearts out to save souls.
PlayhouseSquare (Kennedy’s Theatre)
Now through April 30, 2011
Flanagan’s Wake is the hilarious interactive Irish wake that is one of the longest-running shows in Chicago theater history. The audience is transported to Graplin, County Sligo, Ireland, where they participate with the villagers in the telling of tales, singing of songs, and mourn the passing of one of their own: Flanagan.
TITLE TBD! AN IMPROVISED MUSICAL!
January 22 & 29, 2011
Title TBD! is Cleveland’s only completely improvised musical. Taking your suggestion as our inspiration, Title TBD! makes up every song, every word, every note. It’s a show you’ve never seen before! And will never see again! The cast will invent every character, every line, every note, and every thrilling plot twist right before your eyes. It will be like Drew Carey and his Who’s Line Is It Anyway meets Stephen Sondheim only without the pesky sheet music!
The Youngstown Playhouse
January 21 & 22, 2011
The Pillowman centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.
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