Raiders of the Lost Generation

Two-year-old theater company panders to the post-college fan.

To close its second season, the Theater Ninjas drama ensemble is targeting a twentysomething audience with its original comedy, Peripheral Visions. Troupe founders Jeremy Paul and Faye Hargate theorize that Cleveland's theatrical offerings have rarely appealed to "the lost generation" of 25- to 30-year-olds. "We've worked in theater all over Cleveland, and this is our project to try out our form of storytelling," says Paul. "We hope to introduce people who don't have much experience with theater to how exciting a live performance can be." The one-hour play pits adventure-seeking George against the homebody Samantha, whose purpose throughout the show is to simply go to a big-box store and buy a pair of socks. A tale like this, about two people "living in different places," says Paul, is seldom told in fellow alt-theaters like Convergence-Continuum and the Bang & the Clatter. "We all have our aesthetics, and I think we work well together," Paul adds. "We're all in it with the same goal: To make theater an exciting activity on par with seeing a show at the Grog Shop or a sporting event." The curtain rises at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, with an additional 8 p.m. show on Monday, through Sunday, April 27, at the Centrum, 2781 Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights. Tickets are $15 ($10 for kids). Call 440-773-4719 or visit
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: April 18. Continues through April 27, 2008