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One Man Show Staff Pick

When: Sat., Feb. 21 2015
Tonight at Playhouse Square, you can catch Cleveland native Hal Holbrook as he reprises his famous role as Mark Twain in Mark Twain Tonight! The 89-year-old Holbrook debuted the one-man show in 1954 and has toured it every year since, making it the longest-running show in American theater history. Holbrook depicts Twain as the aging character the world knows complete with the crazy eyebrows and bushy mustache. He never breaks the illusion that it is Twain himself speaking in his own time. Holbrook adapts the author’s words for a commentary on topics like religion and politics while also highlighting passages from Huckleberry Finn. What’s unique about Holbrook’s show is that it has no set program. He tweaks the material for each performance and adds new monologues every year, so no two shows are the same. It starts at 7:30 p.m. at Connor Palace and tickets are $10 to $47.50. (Kaitlin Siegel)

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