Friday, August 05, 2011

Fall theatre calendar 2011

Go to the theatre--a list of Fall theatre offerings

In less than a month, the local Fall theatre season opens, and it’s filled with lots of changes. Cleveland Play House has dropped “The” from its name and is moving to the refurbished Allen Theatre on Playhousesquare. The Great Lakes Theatre Festival is now Great Lakes Theatre. Ensemble has found a permanent home in the former Coventry school in Cleveland Heights.

Here are some of the fall offerings:

Allen Theatre (Mainstage), Playhouse Square. For tickets and information, 216-795-7000
•GALILEO (September 16-October 9) CPH moves downtown into their new theatre space with a modern dress version of Bertolt Brecht’s dramatic and humorous play about the great inventor Galileo Galilei.
•daddy long legs (October 16-November 9) A charming musical about a beautiful student whose life is changed overnight when her college tuition is paid by an anonymous patron.
•THE GAME’S AFOOT (OR HOLMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS) (November 25-December 18) (World premiere) Ken Ludwig’s mystery comedy whodunit about what happens when an actor, who is portraying Sherlock Holmes, invites his fellow cast members to his home for a Christmas Eve celebration and one of them is killed!

Tickets and information: 216-241-6000 or
•MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (October 11-23) A musical based on the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. Musical numbers include: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” and “Great Balls of Fire.” PlayhouseSquare will launch the show’s national tour with promotional and educational cooperation from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
•LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (November 8-20) Winner of three 2010 Tony Awards including the award for Best Musical Revival, this a tuneful and touching tale of one family's struggle to stay together... stay fabulous... and above all else, stay true to themselves! Think “I Am What I Am” and you have the emotional center of the show.

6415 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland. For more information or tickets, call 216-631-2727 or visit
 (October 6 – October 23)
 The production features staged reading of new scripts by local writers and work that is under consideration for future production. Audience members can give feedback
•Monster Play
 (October 13 - October 29) Co-produced with Theatre Ninjas
, this original and unnatural co-production celebrates the nightmare creatures that haunt our dreams and stare out from our mirrors. "It will thrill you. It may shock you. It might even horrify you.
 (November 3 – November 12) Nina Domingue’s poignant autobiographical solo show chronicles her perilous and humorous journey towards motherhood, from the death of her biological mother to Hurricane Katrina.
•Conni’s Avant-Garde Restaurant: Feast of Miracles
 (December 1–December 18)
This unique theatrical culinary event mixes the ingredients of fine food, wine and ensemble theatre together in a musical performance that includes cabaret, improv comedy and a five course meal.

2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, for tickets: 216-932-6838 or
•GRIZZLY MAMA (September 9-October 2) (World premiere) A divorced suburban mom reimagines herself as a righteous liberal avenger following the death of her activist mother and moves the family next door to a certain Alaskan presidential candidate.
•TIGERS BE STILL (October 21-November 13) (Regional premiere) A quirky dark comedy about a young woman who expects the perfect career and life to fall in place immediately upon earning her master’s degree in art therapy. No such luck!
•THE SEAFARER (December 2-December 18) (Regional premiere) A tale of the sea, Ireland and redemption which takes place in the home of two aging bachelor brothers on Christmas Eve during a liquor-soaked game of poker.

27801 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, for tickets: or 216-521-2540 X10
•THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES (September 16-October 16) 1958 and then 1968—four girls with hopes and dreams learn about their lives over a span of 10 years.
•RACE (October 21-November 20) David Mamet’s new play centering on three attorneys, two black and on white, who must defend a wealthy executive charged with raping a black woman.
•joseph and the amazing Technicolor dreamcoat (December 2-31) It’s back by popular demand. Martin Céspedes’s fun choreography lives again!

Coventry School, 2843 Washington Blvd, Cleveland Heights For tickets: 216-321-2930 or
•WAITING FOR LEFTY (October 7-October 30) Clifford Odett’s award winning depression era play is a series of interconnected scenes depicting workers for a fictional taxi company. The climax is a defiant call for the union to strike.

Hanna Theatre—Playhousesquare For tickets and information: 216-241-6000 or
•CABARET (September 23-October 29) Take your seat at the Kit Kat Club, a decadent cabaret in pre-war Berlin, where a young American writer, falls in love with the club’s headlining performer. With a bevy of great songs, this Tony Award-winning tale is about love, war and the struggle to survive in tumultuous times. Directed by Victoria Bussert.
•THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (September 30-October 29) William Shakespeare
’s clash of wits and wills centers on fortune-hunting Petruchio who drags quick-tempered Kate to the altar to become the wife she never imagined she’d be. Can love tame a shrewish heart and surprise an unbridled bachelor?
•A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Ohio Theatre) (December 2 – 23) Humbug! Charles Dickens’ tale of one man’s ultimate redemption.