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January 2016

Magical Theatre Company presents “Quoth the Raven”, adapted to the stage by Adam Hoffman, from the works of Edgar Allan Poe

Magical Theatre Company presents “Quoth the Raven”, adapted to the stage by Adam Hoffman, from the works of Edgar Allan Poe
Professional Youth Theatre – Magical Theatre Company

Quoth The Raven
Fri 1/29 – Sun 1/31

Adapted to the stage by Adam Hoffman from the works of Edgar Allan Poe

Show Description:
News of the death of Edgar Allan Poe leads an ensemble into recreating some of his most mysterious and macabre works: The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher, Annabel Lee, and The Masque of the Red Death. Great literature about death brought to life.

Staff and Cast:

Director: Dennis O’Connell

January 29 – January 31

7:30pm Friday
7:30pm Saturday
2pm Sunday


(330) 848-3708
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Magical Theatre Company
565 W. Tuscarawas Ave.
Barberton, OH 44203

Akron’s @NoneTooFragile theatre presents Matt Pelfrey’s “Pure Shock Value”

Akron’s @NoneTooFragile theatre presents Matt Pelfrey’s “Pure Shock Value”
Professional Theatre –

Pure Shock Value
Fri 1/29 – Sat 2/13

Show Description:
Think the Hollywood satire has been done to death? Think again. Playwright Matt Pelfrey sets the format’s tired tropes of murderous Tinseltown greed among the most desperately delusional of wannabe edgy filmmakers and snarks them up with ever more outrageous sex, gore, movie jokes and violence. …SHOCK pulls off the rare feat of becoming funnier and more acute the more over-the-top it goes.

Staff and Cast:

Director: Sean Derry

January 29 – February 13

Friday 1/29/16 – 8:00 pm
Saturday 1/30/16 – 8:00 pm
Thursday 2/4/16 – 8:00 pm
Friday 2/5/16 – 8:00 pm
Saturday 2/6/16 – 8:00 pm
Sunday 2/7/16 – 2:00 pm (matinee)
Monday 2/8/16 – 8:00 pm
Thursday 2/11/16 – 8:00 pm
Friday 2/12/16 – 8:00 pm
Saturday 2/13/16 – 8:00 pm

Pay-As-You-Can or $20
(330) 671-4563
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none too fragile

1835 Merriman Road
Akron, OH 44313

Workshop Players presents Moises Kaufman’s “The Laramie Project”


Workshop Players presents Moises Kaufman’s “The Laramie Project”
Community Theatre

The Laramie ProjectT
Thu 1/28 – Sun 2/14

Show Description:
In October 1998, twenty-one-year-old Matthew Shepard @MattShepardFDN was left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. The event shook the residents of Laramie and resonated across the country. Moises Kaufman @MoisesKaufman and the students conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of Laramie about their reactions to this horrific event and created this theatrical collage that will hold the audience spellbound.

Staff and Cast:

Director: Rebecca Frick

January 28 – February 14

8pm Thursday (1/28 only)
8pm Fridays
8pm Saturdays
3pm Sundays

$13 General Admission

(440) 988-5613

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Workshop Players
44820 Middle Ridge Road

Amherst, OH 44001

@oberlincollege presents Benjamin Tindal’s “Goodnight Tyler”

@oberlincollege presents Benjamin Tindal’s “Goodnight Tyler”
By: Benjamin Tindal

Sat 1/30 – Tues 2/2

Show Description:
“Tyler Evans was a beloved best friend, grandson, mentor, and (almost) husband.”
“Tyler Evans was a young Black man killed by a police officer.”
Desperate to control which of the two statements he will be remembered for, Tyler returns to haunt his best friend, Davis, only to come face to face with the reality of whose grief matters and whose lives matter most.

Director: Benjamin Tindal

January 30 – February 2

8pm Saturday
8pm Sunday
8pm Monday
8pm Tuesday

$5 General Admission

(440) 775-8152

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Oberlin College
67 North Main St

Oberlin, OH 44074

Chagrin Performing Arts Academy presents John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt, a parable”


Chagrin Performing Arts Academy presents John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt, a parable”
Educational Theatre

Doubt: A Parable
By: John Patrick Shanley @JohnJpshanley
Fri 1/29 – Sun 1/31

Show Description:
This riveting drama by John Patrick Shanley won both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2005.  The action takes place in 1964 at St. Nicholas School in the Bronx. A charismatic and progressive priest, Father Flynn, is in favour of reforms to the school’s traditional strict practices, which are fiercely guarded by the school’s principal, Sister Aloysius.  Sister James, a young and hopeful teacher, shares with Sister Aloysius her suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much, and possibly inappropriate, personal attention to Donald Muller, the school’s first African-American student.  Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and expunge the Priest for the parish and the school.

Staff and Cast:


Director: Tom Fulton

January 29 – January 31

7:30pm Friday
7:30pm Saturday
2:30pm Sunday


(440) 715-4004

Chagrin Academy for the Performing Arts
400 East Washington St.
Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022

Caryl Crane Youth Theatre presents the musical Cinderella!

Caryl Crane Youth Theatre presents the musical Cinderella!
NOW PLAYING January 25
Thu 1/28 – Sun 2/7
Show Description:
Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and denied a chance to go to the Royal Ball. But with a little help from her mice friends, and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella makes it to the ball, meets the Prince, and falls in love! Adapted for the stage with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike will soar when the slipper fits. Rated G.

Staff and Cast:

Rogers Cast* (performs 1/28, 1/29, 1/31, 2/6)

Cinderella – Kaelan Vogt
Her Fair Godmother – Erica Henning
Her Stepmother – J. Kaple
Grace, Her Stepsister – DeAreia Lanier
Joy, Her Stepsister – Lily Franks
Christopher, a Prince – Nathan Hoty
Lionel, his Royal Steward – Derek Lanier
Queen Constantina, his Mother–Maisey Frederick
King Maximillian, his Father – Josh Eastlake
Ensemble –
1. Ryan Humphrey
2. Bryce Nevison
3. Dekotah Lanier
4. Evan Humphrey
5. Katie Redmond
6. Tia Wightman
7. Rylie Mullen
8. Lilly Fairchild
9. Kelsey Swain
10. Kate Doyle

Hammerstein Cast (1/30, 2/4, 2/5, 2/7*)

Cinderella – Gracie Keener
Her Fair Godmother – Erica Henning
Her Stepmother – J. Kaple
Grace, Her Stepsister – Alayasia Bush
Joy, Her Stepsister – Mary Vavroch
Christopher, a Prince – Shane Thatcher
Lionel, his Royal Steward – Daniel Keener
Queen Constantina, his Mother –Holly Wenzinger
King Maximillian, his Father –Christopher Eirons
Ensemble –
1. Ben Parnell
2. Bryce Dials
3. Jake Koba
4. Elijah Routh
5. Alyssa Kranz
6. Marissa Nevills
7. Marissa Graybill
8. Alaina Parkinson
9. Madison Taylor
10. Evie Nevills

*The combined casts will be present at Cinderella’s Fairytale Ball on February 6 at 5 pm.

January 28 – February 7

7pm Thursdays
7:30pm Friday
2pm Saturday
2pm Sunday

(419) 626-1950

Caryl Crane Youth Theatre
1 University Drive

Huron, Ohio 44839

Aurora Community Theatre presents “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani

 Aurora Community Theatre presents “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani 
Almost, Maine
Fri 1/29 – Sat 2/20

Show Description:
This warm, romantic comedy offers a midwinter night’s tale about nine loves in the mythical Maine town of Almost. Almost, Maine comprising nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine.

Directed by Kate Toni

January 29 – February 20

8pm Fridays
8pm Saturdays
$16 Reserved Seating

(330) 562-1818

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Aurora Community Theatre
115 E. Pioneer Trail

Aurora, OH 44202

Theatre Review: Will Eno’s “The Realistic Joneses” @DobamaTheatre by Kevin Kelly

Theatre Review: Will Eno’s “The Realistic Joneses” @DobamaTheatre by Kevin Kelly


Chris Richards, Joel Hammer, Tracee Patterson, Rachel Zake

Through 2/14

There is a clue in the picture above. I didn’t get it until the end of the piece. A beautiful backdrop of mountains that provides a cascading stream that gently splits the stage in pieces of territorial life. It is amazing what fragility is hidden by beauty and the appearance of strength. You would think by that description, that the tale of the Joneses would be a bit heavy, and the visual effect is the fabric of life being ripped apart. Well, it does break open for moments of intensity and absurd realness, but the overall treat of this show is that it might break open your gut, because it is fucking hilarious. This fascinating material is handled by four deft actors who display a master class of their craft. They do it by discharging witty, rapid fire, quick witted, beautifully timed dialogue that makes me think I am watching the most dysfunctional verbal badminton game ever.


Dobama is serving up a delicious theatrical tasting for the audience. We are greeted by the maitre’d, Artistic Director Nathan Motta, who explains that we will be enjoying a fascinating play “The Realistic Joneses” written by Will Eno. The play was produced on Broadway in 2014, and received accolades from the Drama Desk Organization, USA Today, The Guardian, New York Times, and Time Magazine to name a few. Mr Motta has chosen one of the finest theatrical directing Connoisseurs in the business, and that would be Shannon Sindelar. Her record of directing tremendous bodies of work at Dobama has led audiences and this reviewer, to be incredibly excited to see her name listed on the program. Once again, Sindelar brings her fantabulous directing skills to create a swift paced, funny, introspective creation of live entertainment. Scenes move swiftly, as if we are watching a Snapchat version of life, diving in and out of normal life, which is never what you think it is, or where it will go. Beautiful job of creating this tricky piece of theatricality served with perfection.


She is aided by superb sommeliers. Scenic Designer Laura Carlson Tarantowski brings her A game to the tapestry of the evening, and provides a beautiful design, and highly functioning set. Marcus Dana adds effective mood lighting for the evening, as to highlight the evenings meal by enhancing the effervescence of emotion running throughout the piece. Costume Designer Inda Blatch-Geib dresses the evening with comfortable realness, providing a visceral taste of real life, to help us relate. Sound Designer Jeremy Dobbins, Props Designer Rocky Encalada, Technical Director David Tilk, and Stage Manager Joel Rathbone, add their immeasurable talents to round out the staff.


With superb direction in hand, and a staff that has been given a solid vision to prepare the evening festivities, we are presented with a theatrical flight of impressive offerings.


Our first is an Abboccato Tracee Patterson as Jennifer Jones. Patterson provides a full-bodied performance with an appealing measure of sweetness strewn among her fight for understanding and love. She is the most relatable for those of us that want the best in life, and strive to focus on what is right. As she usually does, her performance is brilliant. and by usually does, i don’t want to take away from the work that this professional does for every role. she is a mentor to all actors, and provides inspiration for our craft every time we see her execute an emotion. Her sense of humor runs wild and she is the “straight man’ for many jokes. She cracks me up with her delivery, and her nuanced double takes of “WTF did you just say?”


Then there is Joel “Garrafeira” Hammer as Bob Jones, Jennifer’s husband. He is a hoot and definitely suffers some blunt language that no doubt has come from extended aging in the barrel and bottle. I found his underplay and dead pan delivery a revelation of fun. Excellent timing, and you could imagine him being in the next Robert DeNiro film, Dirty Grandpa II. I would pay big money to see those two on a roadtrip. Hammer and Patterson had tremendous chemistry, and underlying heart with each other. He is a damaged soul, but under Hammer’s talents, you never lost sight of the embattled good, and inner strength from facing life challenges. He can nail a line for days.


Our Szamorodni for the evening is Chris Richards, who plays John Jones, the new neighbor. I say Szamorodni as a compliment to the character that he created and defined with beautiful creative and fierce acting choices. His character is funny and entertaining, but there is a dark side that swirls within. This type of wine means “as it comes” ,and used to describe a wine that will have a mixture of healthy and botrytis-infected grapes. Also, Richards healthy side is hilarious and fractured, but there is a flaw buried within, that enable Richards to stop the play with an outburst that stops our breath. To make an audience laugh, and then in one powerful moment, stop time, is the power of an accomplished artist. Bravo you silly funny dramatic man.


Our last offering is a Clairet. A French term for a wine that falls between the range of a light red wine and a dark rosé. And this fearless actress creates light and darkness. Rachel Zake, who plays Pony Jones, wife of John Jones, returns to the area with a welcomed presence on the stage. Possibly the most damaged of the four, Zake has created a character that is complicated, ditsy, hyper, but also houses a thirst for desire that is almost void of emotional consequences. But in true form to the piece, adds comedic beauty to this soiree of craziness. You have to be on your toes to follow everything that is happening, and in the  beginning, there is a touch of not being able to understand the lines, whether that is due to diction or positioning on stage, but it does not last for long. For as we connect with the talented actress, we find ourselves immersed in her perceived arc. But then, don’t do that too much, because this one is has more layers than a Trifle. Beautiful work, and I am sure we will be seeing you often.

You need to get out to Dobama and see this show. It really offers a lot of laughs, fabulous acting, and a story line and dialogue that will have you wanting to say “Come again….?” every couple of lines or so. Ha, it is that trippy and fun.

Kevin Kelly

For information about Dobama Theatre, check out this link Dobama Theatre

Through February 14


7:30pm Thursdays
8pm Fridays
8pm Saturdays
2:30pm Sundays (10/25 show at 7:30pm)

$10-$28 Reserved Seating

(216) 932-3396

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Dobama Theatre
2340 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118



Lorain – Event – Director Series featuring Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds”

The THIRD of our first ever Director Series featuring the films of Quentin Tarantino: “Inglorious Basterds”




Friday night 7PM at The Lorain Palace Theater- $5!- our inaugural Directors Series continues with Quentin Tarantino’s epic “Inglorious Basterds”. As usual our Doors and Chandelier Bar open at 6PM, this week to German beer hall music and polkas! Also SMASH: The World’s Greatest Food Truck returns to the Palace with grilled Bratwurst &Cheese! For a beers, brats & shots kind of night!

The Lorain Palace Theater
617 Broadway Ave
Lorain, Ohio 44052
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