Best Upcoming Theater Productions In Cleveland

Best Upcoming Theater Productions In Cleveland

Just because Cleveland gets its share of snow and frigid temperatures after the holidays does not mean that the fine arts take a vacation. If you know where to look, you can find plenty of shows to see. Some are a one-shot deal while others have runs that last weeks. You can choose from comedy, drama, musicals as well as new shows just in their incubation period. Check out the selection of productions slated for “the dead of winter.”

The Beck Center For Arts (Credit, Mark Horning)

The Beck Center For Arts (Credit, Mark Horning)

‘Mary Poppins’
Beck Center for the Arts
17801 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
(216) 521-2540
www.beckcenter.org

Date: Now through Jan. 4, 2015

This locally produced premiere is taken from the delightful book by P. L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney Film. Young Jane and Michael have sent a covey of nannies packing when Mary Poppins arrives to save the day as her lessons are as much for the adults as for the children. With such classic songs as “Feed the Birds,” “Jolly Holiday,” “Step in Time” and “Chim-Chim Cher-ee,” this production combines a great story, great music, great dance and wonderful stagecraft that will be fun for the entire family. There will two performances (2:30 and 7:30 p.m. held on December 27 and January 3). To order tickets, click here. “Mary Poppins” is sponsored by First Federal of Lakewood.

PlayhouseSquare (Credit, Mark Horning)

PlayhouseSquare (Credit, Mark Horning)

‘Flanagan’s Wake’
PlayhouseSquare
Kennedy’s Theatre
1501 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 241-6000
www.playhousesquare.org

Date: Jan. 9 through May 2, 2015

Old man Flanagan has kicked the bucket and it is up to us to give him a decent wake and sendoff. Come join this talented crew of professional mourners where the audience is pulled in to tell tales, sing songs, dance and haggle over who gets Flanagan’s inheritance. Set in the “intimate” (some would say claustrophobic) Kennedy’s Theatre (complete with its own bar of course), it’s an evening of interactive hilarity. The entrance to Kennedy’s Theatre is in the forward lobby of the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare.

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‘A Civil War Christmas’
Dobama Theater
2340 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
(216) 932-6838
www.dobama.org

Date: Now through Jan. 4, 2015

It is Christmas Eve in the year 1864 as Washington DC begins to prepare for the end of the Civil War. It’s the coldest December in memory as intertwining stories and songs are brought forth. An escaped slave searches for her daughter, Southern sympathizers plot an assassination, Mary Todd Lincoln scours Washington for the perfect Christmas tree for the Whitehouse, a Union officer has his integrity challenged by a Rebel and the President writes his inaugural address on horseback while retrieving his wife’s Christmas gift. Using story and song (that includes spirituals, carols and a portion of the Kaddish) “A Civil War Christmas” brings to life this most troubling of time in our nation’s history. Click here for tickets.

‘Big Box ‘15′
Cleveland Public Theatre
6415 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102
(216) 631-2727
www.cptonline.org

Date: Jan. 8 through Feb. 21, 2015

Before hitting the big stage, all productions need to come from somewhere. For Cleveland Public Theatre, that somewhere is Big Box which is a series of workshop productions that include theater, dance, opera and genre-defying performances put forth by local Northeast Ohio artists. This year, Big Box will feature “Cut It Out,” “The Answer To Everything,” “Rouge Etude Or How Sherlock Holmes Became A Misogynist” and more.

‘Fire On The Water’
Cleveland Public Theater
6415 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102
(216) 631-2727
www.theaterninjas.com

Date: Jan. 29 through Feb. 14, 2015

Theater Ninjas is known as “the Cleveland Food Truck of Theater” in as it moves from one unconventional venue to another. Sometimes this group even ends up on stage at a “real” theater such as Cleveland Public Theatre’s Gordon Square Theater. “Fire On The Water” is a series of short plays co-produced by Cleveland Public Theatre, Theater Ninjas, Talespinner Children’s Theatre, Ohio City Theatre and Blank Canvas Theatre. The work concentrates on the infamous “Burning of the Cuyahoga River” and the impact that this event had on the mass cleanup of not only this waterway but all Ohio waterways.

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Mark Horning is a freelance writer covering all things Cleveland. His work can be found on Examiner.com.