Darius grabs your attention and makes you believe that he really LOVES being evil.
Xavier is very passionate. I want to see more.
It will be great to watch Fiddler On The Roof, i have bought tickets from
http://ticketfront.com/event/Fiddler_On_Th… looking forward to it.
Who peed in your Wheaties? I saw this show in California last year, and it was fabulous! Maybe you are getting the end of the tour energy level, but you obviously didn't like the show from the start. It's supposed to be FUN, campy, and over the top, and you are taking this way too seriously! Taylor Hicks was fantastic in this role on Broadway, which is why they begged him to do the National Tour. They wanted him because he is totally unique in the role, and he draws the fans and fills the theater. He has changed it up and put his own personality into it, and I know He is a great LIVE performer, so I doubt he gave a wooden performance..... I mean really, is that what he was known for on Idol??? I think You just have a theater snob attitude about the whole show. They have all been on this tour for over a year, and they have had to put up with YOU SNOBBY CRITICS all year. I'm sure he and the whole cast are tired of it! Give us all a break!
Osage County is the most brilliant look at American family life since Long Day's Journey into Night, and not the soulless cartoon this reviewer implies it to be. The excess of dysfunction is but a tool to point us toward the real themes and hard questions interwoven throughout this stunning script. What does it mean to be a part of a family? Are we just random cells brought together arbitrarily as Ivy suggests, or are we more like the turtle around Johnna's neck, holding our umbilical chord to remind us our souls, if not connected, strip us of our humanity. If the latter is true, what do we owe those who brought us into this world if they survive only by tearing us down? It's easy to miss the genius of the play because it is so dang entertaining. Letts lets us see that art and soul can come to us without pretension. Just because the play reveals how sadly cartoonish a family can be doesn't make this masterpiece a cartoon.
Doug only praises artists, as if there are no negative things to say about artists around here. If he was truly critical about what he sees around here, he probably wouldn't (as a free lancer) be asked back to write a review.
Excellent article! Douglas Utter has a way of getting to the heart of art like no other Cleveland Art critic. The Lesko Gallery could be considered Cleveland's missing museum for Cleveland School art. This is an exceptional gallery not just because of the quality of the shows but because of the unpretentious and knowledgeable duo of Ken and Ross. Bravo!
None Too Fragile is a talented group of artist and NE Ohio should be happy to have a theatre of this quality in our area. Sean Derry is a visionary leader and director and partnered with Alanna Romansky there should be some very thought provoking plays from the group though out this year.
Thanks for the tip, dasboogiewoogie! Max Raab was teriffic--a great delivery, very funny, and a very tight band. --Michael Gill
Moin, Moin from Texas!
If you like Max' music and the Golden entertainment of the 1920s, you might like Brendan McNally's dark comic novel "Germania" (Simon & Schuster, 2009), about the Flying Magical Loerber Brothers, four somewhat magical, Jewish vaudeville entertainers and onetime child stars who were the toast of Berlin before WWII and who reunite during the surreal, three-week "Flensburg Reich" of Admiral Doenitz, Hitler's very unlucky successor.
I went to high school with Tarrence Corbin. His talent was evident to all of his classmates. We will miss him.
I attended the opening last weekend and was blown away by the work on display, the space as a whole and the members of the collective. This is what Cleveland needs! I'll be attending future shows at Wall Eye Gallery and suggest it to anyone interested in cutting-edge art.
I enjoy "12 Days of Christmas", I enjoy instrumental in general, I enjoy Hans Zimmer especially, I'm crazy about his music. If U are not in theme he is the one who wrote and performed music in "Gladiator", his music writing is a subject for research paper. Thanks for sharing ideas. Regards, Janet.
Loved it! ... Nothing like a performance so well brought that it makes you follow, laugh, cry, understand and leaves you missing the characters. The actors were amazing and the stage was brilliant. We were lucky to get a photo with the talented and genuinely nice Max Beer, (Arty) afterward. - Cecilia Sherrard
thanks for an isightful essay on a great talent, terry durst. he dares to go against the grain and this doesn't happen enough in the cleveland art scene.
pat zinsmeister parker
Thanks for the article Doug.
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Hope to see some new faces.
I drove in to Cleveland on Dec. 12 from Bowling Green to see A Christmas Story. I admit to having resisted the first 4 1/2 years because, well, after all - how could the play be better than the movie? Well - it was better - in all those ways that a stage production is always better than the movie. Yes - Charles Kartali was excellent and stole the show. He had to - he was 'The Old Man". A weak actor or weak characterization by any actor in that role would dragged down the entire production. But mom, the kids (especially Courtney Anne Nelson as Helen and Matt Taylor as wee-weeing Randy) were all right on. A four hour 240 mile round trip drive, $64 seats, and a really warm glow when I left the theater? Priceless to this former Lakewoodite, who visited Halle's seventh floor, helped his dad set up the Lionel train under the tree every year, and wiggled in anticipation as we waited for my uncle (unbeknowst to us) dressed as Santa Claus to rumble up the stars of our up/down house each Christmas Eve.
Chris Richards was great. They should take it to Broadway, after everyone here has seen it twice.
This musical/play was both inspirational and exciting. My favorite scenes were the crucifixion. James Boyd Jr. held his arms in the air for what seemed to be an eternity, without showing any weakness and the Red Sea Scene/Pharoah & wife was electric, the dancers, the band/orchestra, the choir, the acting...need I go on. This is a must see this holiday season. Take your friends, family and enemies to experience this outstanding show. Kudos to Mr. Spivey and the tireless efforts of the cast & staff.
Thank goodness there are very effective medical therapies for bitter, angst-ridden theater critics. It's okay to insult the creative genius of Stephen Schwartz and insult the intelligence of the appreciative public who made this show a hit. After all, this is the United States of America. But it also casts light into the dark world of jealousy and subterfuge. I can't think of a single creative work by Keith A. Joseph that merits praise or criticism...including this piece of third-rate journalism.
If she need and pheromones, she should just go alphaero and let it roll.
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