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Re: “A Final Bow for Reuben Silver

We all have paths, in life I thank GOD that Reuben and Dorothy Silver cross my path. my roots as a black actress start at Karamu the very first person I talk to about a career in Theatre was Reuben Silver. The very first African-American play I saw was "Tambourines to Glory" directed by Dorothy Silver. I am positive that many people understand why their tears in my eyes today! memories o memories.

Bernazil Orndoff Paschal

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Posted by Bernazil Paschal on 06/04/2014 at 10:10 AM

Re: “A Final Bow for Reuben Silver

Let's not forget that he was the host of "American Scrapbook" the PBS classroom series produced in the 70's by WVIZ-TV. That's how I learned of this great man.

Posted by Astros2005 on 05/20/2014 at 9:59 AM

Re: “A Final Bow for Reuben Silver

Condolences, but also MANY thanks to the family for educating MANY folks about the power of theatre.
May he Rest In Rhythm.

Posted by DrBOP on 05/14/2014 at 3:12 PM

Re: “All Flash, No Heat: Flashdance, The Musical Fizzles by Trying Too Hard to Sizzle at Playhouse Square

Thanks Christine! The original ‘Alex Owens’ here, writing to you from Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada...

.... Smiling very wide right now, compliments of your review finally read. (Apologies for the lateness of my comment.) You pretty well nailed it I think, re: "emotional clarity or honesty" missing in this show. Do you think it could have anything to do with the fact that Flashdance the movie was not the lame retelling of my story, like this stageshow apparently is, by a few men pretending to be inside a young woman’s head where her livelihood and dreams were concerned?
I say this because, in fact, the film was actually realized by a number of women 'behind the scenes' in Hollywood - Katherine Reback in particular. She was the writer who, in reality, wrote all the final production scripts that were used on the movie's film sets, and received NO CREDITS for her work, as did so many other women (me for example) who also contributed to the film's soul, story, moves (Marine Jahan), or success.

Nice to see a review by a fan of Flashdance who is not part of the "Flashdance the Musical" promotion machinery, and considering this is a dance show, your observation of its 'lameness' is particularly noteworthy.

cheers!
Maureen Marder, Owen Sound, Canada
(a.k.a. Alex OwenS... ;)

Posted by Will the real Alex Owens please stand up? on 05/04/2014 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Race to the Bottom: Racial Tensions in a Continually Changing Neighborhood Feed the Fires, and Laughs, in Clybourne Park

Spoiler alert: It's not about Cleveland. For what it's worth, Clybourne Park is supposed to be a racially-changing and gentrifying neighborhood just to the south and west of downtown Chicago.

Also wish they'd done their homework on the TV spot: It's "PULL it, sir" Prize...and NOT the ignorant-sounding "PEW-lit-zer"...

Unless you're a chicken farmer who wins it...then it's the Pullet Surprise.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 04/04/2014 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Race to the Bottom: Racial Tensions in a Continually Changing Neighborhood Feed the Fires, and Laughs, in Clybourne Park

Those looking for a solid read on the historical reality of the city, - "A Ghetto Takes Shape: Black Cleveland, 1870-1930" by Kenneth L. Kusmer - is indispensable.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 04/02/2014 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Hello, Dali, It's Walt Calling: An Unlikely Disney Studios/Salvador Dali Project is Imaginatively Recreated in Lobster Alice

I went and seen this with my boyfriend the second day of the run. It was amazing. The cast does an amazing job portraying the surrealism that was Salvadore Dali. Bravo Grey Cross... Wonderful Job!

Posted by John Napier on 03/23/2014 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Also on Stage: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The promo photo looks like it could have been pulled from Xanadu!

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 03/12/2014 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Waiting for the Bus: Top-Notch Acting Divines Fate at Beautiful Actors Summit

Just want u to see the baby load. How cryin' overdue.

Posted by Maryshak on 03/07/2014 at 1:16 AM

Re: “Aliens All: Three Lonely Men Pontificate Amid Cigarette Smoke in this Crazy Universe

The photo looks like the alt-Americana version of Bob and Doug McKenzie.

Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 02/08/2014 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Also on Stage

There are no garbage cans in Waiting for Godot. I believe you may be thinking of Endgame.

Posted by David on 01/26/2014 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Annie is Back at the Beck Center, With the Songs You Love (Or Hate)

Poor Roz,
You need to be schooled in history. Nothing Ms. Howey says is untrue. Just because you think her review is politically biased (based on one sentence), you're calling for her dismissal. This illustrates how intolerant you and your ilk are. In case you haven't noticed, The Scene (and other papers like it around the country) have always celebrated those those left of center. Or, did you miss that obvious point as well?

"The entire review reads like your petty attempt to state your political views." Dramatic, much?

In short, Ms. Howey isn't writing to appease YOU. Pipe down.

And another thing, sister, when you earn the right to present your views on what's happening in the Cleveland Arts Scene, you can earn a job at The Scene. Do you think that anyone on the staff is paid so handsomely that they're using it as a platform to push a political agenda? I just looked up your profile. If ANYONE is pushing a political agenda, it's YOU with your self-appointed "titles." Put that in your tea-bagging pipe and smoke it.

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Posted by Nick Vannello on 12/26/2013 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Annie is Back at the Beck Center, With the Songs You Love (Or Hate)

A true professional reviewer sticks to the performances without the mention of politics. However, if you are going to venture into the political arena, get your facts straight!

The entire review reads like your petty attempt to state your political views. The new management at Scene should reconsider your position!

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Posted by Roz McAllister on 12/25/2013 at 8:37 PM

Re: “Love Sung Slow: A Charming Musical Suffers from Some Slow Dialogue Pacing in Once at Playhouse Square

Saw it last Saturday...first time I've ever left a show at intermission.

Posted by Heather Slesinger O'Donnell on 11/23/2013 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Fem-Dom Fantasy is Whip-Smart in Venus in Fur at the Cleveland Play House

That's a very, um, interesting picture.

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Posted by AdamHall on 11/21/2013 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Classical Gas: Beethoven's Music is Overwhelmed by a Bloated Script in Variations at the Beck Center

I'm somewhat surprised that the article doesn't mention what seems like a probable influence, Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould from 1993.

Posted by Scott Belyea on 10/16/2013 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Slice of Death: Murder and Cannibalism are on the Menu in this Tasty Production of Sweeney Todd

SWEENEY TODD was rehearsed and opened in Boise before RICHARD III, so I can't imagine how it was a planned inside joke.

Posted by careful reader on 10/13/2013 at 10:54 PM

Re: “Preview: The Book of Mormon

Can I have the seats of the little old ladies who walk out after the blasphemy (Hasa Diga Eebowai) of Act I?

Posted by Kent Millstead on 06/13/2013 at 7:00 PM

Re: “Sex Among the Stanzas

That's nuts!

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Posted by comos on 05/23/2013 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Breaking the Ice

Is this about the x-men version of Iceman? Wait, it's not? Oops, wrong page.

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Posted by AdamHall on 04/29/2013 at 3:50 PM

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