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“Deathtrap” — more like laugh trap

Joseph Verbovszky, Staff Reporter

February 28, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

It’s been a long time since I have seen a play like “Deathtrap,” a play that is pure entertainment. Written in 1978 by Ira Levin, “Deathtrap” is a meanly funny comic thriller that follows the story of Sidney Bruhl (played by Tom Ford), a washed-up playwright who lives in the shadow of his former...

“Yentl:” Two hours of awkward, silly accents

Joseph Verbovszky, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2014


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

I caught myself at least three times with an expression somewhere between confusion and revulsion on my face as I watched “Yentl.” After my initial reaction, I find myself still having similar feelings about the whole experience, despite the distance from the episode. Apparently time does not heal...

Unconventional Broadway in “Once”

Joseph Verbovszky, Staff Reporter

November 22, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

“Once” is a pleasant departure from the standard fare of Broadway musicals. It’s a lot simpler and quieter. One usually associates Broadway with blaring, brassy orchestras, dozens of characters and extras and expansive opulent sets. You will find none of these in “Once.” And that’s not necessarily...

Venus in Fur: An Earthly Delight

Joseph Verbovszky, Staff Reporter

November 22, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

It’s incredibly rare that a play succeeds not only in presenting a story filled with sharp wit and thought-provoking themes, but also packaging all of this into a succinct and neatly intermissionless timeframe. “Venus in Fur,” Cleveland Playhouse’s (CPH) latest theatrical endeavor, is a vibrant...

30 years & counting: MaDaCol

Jamie Van Doren, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

“Don’t be afraid.” That’s the advice from Beth Salemi Szpak to non-dancers. It’s advice she took herself. Szpak started her dance career as a Case Western Reserve University freshman in 1996 with one fall semester modern dance class under her belt. Her very first dance performance was that...

Footlighters merrily roll along

Ellie Rambo, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Student actors step onto the blue stage and gather on the tiered set. The Case Footlighters are preparing to present “Merrily We Roll Along,” and will soon know it well enough to perform it backwards and forwards. Next week the Case Footlighters will perform it both ways, depending on your perspective. “Merrily...

These are not still waters

Jamie Van Doren, Contributing Reporter

November 8, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Theatre & Dance

Eleven women in black dresses are on the stage. Slowly, carefully, they help one another up onto the line of chairs that flow across the stage. The dancers walk, crawl and stretch in languid, yet carefully controlled, movement of limbs and bodies. A chair tips. A dancer begins to step onto the overturned...

Violent, bloody, fun

Anne Nickoloff, Staff Reporter

October 24, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

The stage of “Sweeney Todd” inside the Hanna Theater is daunting, dark and miserable. Rafters and beams criss-cross the second floor of the set, illuminating the ground with spider web patterns ready for capture. This version, by the Great Lakes Theater Company, has the plot loom like impending...

Woody Sez… Not much actually

Joseph Verbovszky, Staff Reporter

October 5, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

This is the third time this season that I am going to write about something put on by the Cleveland Playhouse that was not a play. The first was “Devil’s Music,” a one-man musical piece about the life of Bessie Smith; the second was “Maestro,” which chronicled the story of Leonard Bernstein....

Eldred Theater offers comedic relief in upcoming season

Eldred Theater offers comedic relief in upcoming season

Joseph Verbovszky, Music Reporter

August 23, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Theatre & Dance

Betty the Yeti – directed by Jerrold Scott October 4-13, 2013 Written by Jon Klein, this eco-fable follows the story of Russ T. a logger whose wife leaves him for the smugly self-righteous and hugely successful publisher of the environmental newsletter, Timber watch, Trey Hugger. After Russ is ...

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