ANNOUNCING Our 90th Season!!!!!!
Jul 24, 2017

Agatha Christie’s Murder in the Studio

September 7th – 23rd.

3 short radio plays performed live…WITH DINNER! (dinner ticket SOLD SEPARATELY)

A different short play each weekend!

Personal Call sees James Brent haunted by his dead wife when he receives a mysterious telephone call, seemingly from beyond the grave.   

Yellow Iris marked Hercule Poirot's debut appearance on radio in which the famous detective is called to the hotel Jardin des Cygnes to solve an old case in which a cold-blooded killer escaped justice and slipped through his fingers. 

Butter in a Lordly Dish sees eminent prosecution barrister Sir Luke Enderby get his comeuppance in one of Christie's most gruesome and horrifying murders. 

REVIEWS

"Radio owes much to Agatha Christie. For more than 60 years, her whodunnits have been shaped into afternoon plays, classic serials and Saturday-night dramas that defend the moral order, stimulate the grey cells and please a literate Radio 4 audience."- Paul Donovan, Sunday Times

Performances: Sept 7, 8,9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23.  Dinner Seating at 7pm.

Additional 1pm seating for Matinees on SATUDAYS, Sept 9, 16, 23.

 

“Christmas In Akron”

November 24th – December 24th

A new Akron musical!

Book and lyrics by Rob Loos

Music Craig Knudsen

Directed by JT Buck

Diane Diamond, the head copywriter at O’Toole’s Department Store in Downtown Akron, Ohio, is hiding a secret – this year she’s scheduled to direct O’Toole’s Annual Christmas Spectacular with the help of her friends -- sarcastic art director, Roger Hamlin, and the energetic piano player from Men’s shoes, Benjamin “Bevo” Beaverman, who is in love with her. The mere 48 hours they have to launch the production becomes a wild race to find the “talent,” get the show up on its feet, and celebrate the holiday season, while trying to avoid the store’s VP, the bitter Irene Richardson, who wants to shut the whole thing down. Our team, along with some of the craziest acts in Northeastern Ohio, is somehow able to pull it off in one of the most delightful Christmas shows ever.

Part backstage musical, part Christmas celebration, part human comedy, it’s an event for the whole family filled with unforgettable characters and memorable songs. It’s been described as “A CHRISTMAS STORY meets THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER.” Winner of GTC New Play Initiative, CHRISTMAS IN AKRON is destined to be a perennial.

Performances:

Nov. 24, 25 at 7:30pm

Sunday, Nov. 26 2:30

Nov. 30 December 1, 2, 7,8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21 22, 23 at 7:30pm

December 3, 10, 17, 24 at 2:30pm.

 

 

The Birds

Feb. 22nd – March 11th

by Conor McPherson

Directed by Alex J. Nine

Daphne du Maurier’s short story, also the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, is boldly adapted by Conor McPherson—a gripping, unsettling, and moving look at human relationships in the face of societal collapse. In an isolated house, strangers Nat and Diane take shelter from relentless masses of attacking birds. They find relative sanctuary but not comfort or peace; there’s no electricity, little food, and a nearby neighbor may still be alive and watching them. Another refugee, the young and attractive Julia, arrives with some news of the outside world, but her presence also brings discord. Their survival becomes even more doubtful when paranoia takes hold of the makeshift fortress—an internal threat to match that of the birds outside.

“Deliciously chilling…spring-loaded with tension…claustrophobic, questioning, frightening; and with a twist.” —Irish Independent. “Never has [McPherson] been more in control…he keeps us on the edge of our seat.” —The Irish Times. “[THE BIRDS] was a powerful piece of theatre and a reminder to me of just how important that story has become…truly frightening…a night in the theatre that should not be missed.” —Tippi Hedren, star of the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock film, The Birds.

Performances:

Feb 22, 23, 24 7:30pm

Feb 25 2:30pm

March 1,2, 3, 8, 9, 10 7:30pm

March 4, 11 230pm

 

Bach at Leipzig

April 12th-29th

by Itamar Moses

Directed by JT Buck

Leipzig, Germany — 1722. Johann Kuhnau, revered organist of the Thomaskirche, suddenly dies, leaving his post vacant. The town council invites musicians to audition for the coveted position, among them young Johann Sebastian Bach. In an age where musicians depend on patronage from the nobility or the church to pursue their craft, the post at a prominent church in a cultured city is a near guarantee of fame and fortune -which is why some of the candidates are willing to resort to any lengths to secure it. BACH AT LEIPZIG is a fugue-like farcical web of bribery, blackmail, and betrayal set against the backdrop of Enlightenment questions about humanity, God, and art.

REVIEW

“The most stylish and substantive play based on classical music since Peter Shaffer's Amadeus .” – Ithaca Times

"A funny, fiercely intelligent romp." – Los Angeles Times

“A fleet-footed, quick-witted, brain-teasing farce. It's a joy.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“If you like super-smart silliness, be ready to laugh until your ribs are sore. A who's-on-first farce full of theatrical trickery and fizzy verbal slapstick.” – The Wall Street Journal

“A remarkably silly yet intellectually stirring comedy. Deserves to be a minor classic. Reaches for an ineffable beauty and mystery that is hard to shake.” – Queen Anne News

“Lovely, wise, tender, strong, and the best play I've seen — or can imagine — by a young playwright.” – Chicago Reader

“An intellectual fun-house of a play. With its wordplay, brainy allusions and virtuoso manipulations of artistic form, it has a 'look-Ma-no-hands' swagger. A poignant meditation on the artistic temperament and the transporting power of music.” – Washington Post

“Itamar Moses' brainy comedy doesn't settle for cheap laughs, though it has a lot of them. He's got more — much more — on his mind...a look at pride, the meaning and duties of talent, and deep, discursive ruminations on whether music and people can — or should — evolve without spiritual faith.” – Seattle Weekly

“Moses may be some kind of genius.” – Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Brilliant. What consistently amazes and delights is not just the wealth but the breadth of the intellectual fencing, which never misses a comedic beat. Moses reveals a remarkable ability to make a complex, intellectual play funny, with the feather-light touch of a modern Moliere.” –Shepherd Express  Milwaukee

 

Performances:

April 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30

April 15, 22, 29 at 2:30

 

 

Queen of the Mist

May 24 - June 10th

A new musical

by Michael John La Chiusa

Directed by JT Buck

Based on an astounding and outrageous true story, Anna Edson Taylor, who, in 1901 at the age of 63, set out to be the first woman to shoot Niagara Falls in a barrel of her own design. Navigating both the treacherous Falls and a fickle public with a ravenous appetite for sensationalism, this unconventional heroine vies for her legacy in a world clamoring with swindling managers, assassins, revolutionaries, moralizing family, anarchists and activists. Convinced that there is greatness in her and determined not to live as ordinary, she sets out to battle her fear and tempt her fate. With a soaring score that incorporates turn of the century themes with LaChiusa’s signature complexity and insight, Queen of the Mist is the story of a single great fall, and how one woman risked death so that she could live.

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