Reuben was the first person I met at Cleveland State when I transferred there in 1979. He saw something in me that no one else did and he encouraged me to hone my skills as both a director and technical theater person. My greatest honor was to stage manage shows for him.
I just want to say that this is one of my favorite musicals and seeing it performed with amazingly talented actors was wonderful. Dogfight is an extremely difficult show to perform. The book is not a masterpiece, but the music is. The harmonies are too die for and this group performed them wonderfully. While there were some issues with the show, mainly directing, Colton Ryan blew me away. His song 'Come Back' at the end was the best I've seen it performed. He was absolutely the stand out in the cast and I'll be the first in line for tickets when he gets to Broadway.
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
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.
Condolences, but also MANY thanks to the family for educating MANY folks about the power of theatre.
May he Rest In Rhythm.
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.
Maureen Marder, Owen Sound, Canada
(a.k.a. Alex OwenS... ;)
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
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.
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!
The promo photo looks like it could have been pulled from Xanadu!
Just want u to see the baby load. How cryin' overdue.
The photo looks like the alt-Americana version of Bob and Doug McKenzie.
There are no garbage cans in Waiting for Godot. I believe you may be thinking of Endgame.
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.
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!
Saw it last Saturday...first time I've ever left a show at intermission.
That's a very, um, interesting picture.
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.
SWEENEY TODD was rehearsed and opened in Boise before RICHARD III, so I can't imagine how it was a planned inside joke.
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