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Blank Slate Theatre’s production of the off-Broadway hit, “Columbinus,” created in 2005 by the United States Theatre Project,  grabs you by the throat right from the start and doesn’t let go for an uncomfortable two hours. In the tradition of “The Laramie Project,” this two-act play blends fact and fiction to dramatize the events surrounding the […]

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Rudi Goblen

Written and performed by Rudi Goblen, “Pet” takes the audience by the heart and guides them through the chaotic and often confusing world of love where the end of love may lead to one’s own end—or

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The Holocaust looms large in popular literature, film and theater. Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, the subject is a fully realized genre whose narrative contours are, at this point, widely familiar, thanks to writers like Anne Frank, Primo Levi, Art Spiegelman and Elie Wiesel, not to mention films like Schindler’s […]

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The O’Shaughnessy was quieter than usual before last night’s show, particularly given the size of the crowd that braved the rain to see Emily Johnson/Catalyst’s one-night-only regional premiere of “Niicugni.” The light was dim, and there were homemade lanterns suspended from the rafters above both stage and audience, but little else by way of props […]

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“Lorca in a Green Dress,” Pulitzer-winning playwright Nilo Cruz’s surreal homage to poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca, opened at the Ritz Theater last weekend. The play, directed by Teatro del Pueblo’s Alberto Justiniano, marks the fourth collaborative production by the Knight Arts grantee company and Pangea World Theater. The curtain opens on 1936 Spain and […]

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Much-lauded actor John Lithgow has some strong theatrical roots in the Akron area, and he’s coming back to town to talk to his former friends and neighbors about “The Power of Storytelling.” His father, Arthur, a theatrical producer and director, directed a Shakespeare festival at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, where the present Ohio Shakespeare […]

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La Traviata | Florida Grand Opera

Giuseppe Verdi’s wildly popular, splendidly tragic and sumptuously opulent “La Traviata” closes Florida Grand Opera’s 72nd season with performances scheduled at the Arsht Center and

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For its last production of the season, Minnesota Opera (a Knight Arts grantee) is running an opulent iteration of Puccini’s final opera, “Turandot.” Two sets of lead players are performing in rotation for the show’s one-week run; the matinee I attended featured spinto tenor Scott Piper (as the love-struck, exiled prince Calaf) and sopranos Christie Hageman and Helen […]

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“Charley’s Aunt” is a dude. That’s not letting the cat out of the bag, for knowing that ahead of time neither spoils the fun of the play as performed by Weathervane Playhouse, a Knight Arts grantee, nor surprises you, for you’ll have it figured out way in advance of seeing him/her. The play is set […]

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Ever wanted to travel through time? Of those who entertain the idea, some would visit the past to change tragic events or observe history. Others might seek to travel into the future to learn about the advancements of humanity.  Motivations are as varied as the many time-travel stories that exist. Many science fiction writers have […]

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