Thursday, June 21, 2012
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Thursday, June 21, 2012
Expect to hear an "outrageous French accent" and perhpaps to be taunted a second time during the 2012-2013 Professional Theater season at the Beck Center for the Arts. Or flash back to the early 1980s and the roller disco scene. The center announced its season including five locally produced premieres and an eclectic mix of outrageous comedies, award-winning musicals and inspiring dramas that Northeast Ohio audiences have come to expect from Beck Center. “Selecting the 2012/2013 season was truly a labor of love and an exercise in patience, but the payoff is worth the wait,” said Artistic Director Scott Spence. “We are thrilled on so many levels, from our locally produced premieres, to continuing our newfound collaboration with Baldwin-…
Saturday, February 4, 2012
"Spring Awakening" is a beautifully raw, brutally honest depiction of internal teenage struggles.
Teenagers are awkward. Especially when they’re sexually repressed, late 19th century German teenagers. In its opening night at the Beck Center for the Arts Friday, “Spring Awakening,” behind an entrancing cast, captured the exact essence of how awkward and frustrating teen-dom can be with just the right amount of sexual tension – truck loads of it. With song titles including My Junk, Touch Me and The Word of Your Body, the Beck Center’s co-production with Baldwin-Wallace College’s Music Theater program proved exactly why the New York Times said this play would “change Broadway forever.” The cast danced around subject matters as weighty as suicide, depression, child abuse and homosexuality in a down-to-earth manner that seemed more …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The center partnered with Baldwin-Wallace College to produce "Spring Awakening" this Friday.
Rarely does a Broadway musical come along that has critics in The New York Times describing it as “…pure sex…Broadway will never be the same again.” “Spring Awakening” did just that in 2006, and it’s coming to the Beck Center for the Arts Friday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. The play, which won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, explores the painful transition from adolescence to adulthood, and tackles dark subject matter like suicide, said Beck Center spokeswoman Kathleen Caffrey. “It tackles a lot of issues some people may not be comfortable with,” she said. “You don’t really expect a musical to take on these kinds of issues.” The Beck Center teamed up with Victoria Bussert, head of Baldwin-Wallace College’s nationally-renowned musical …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Last year's performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was so popular, the Beck Center brought it back this year; it's easy to see why.
Now, I’m no theater buff. The last performance I went to was Marietta High School’s performance of “The Nutcracker.” The year was 1995, I was 6, and it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. So when I walked into the Mackey Main Stage at the Beck Center for the Arts Saturday, for the evening production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” I had high expectations. Luckily, old Joseph and his jubilant jacket didn’t let me down. In this re-telling of the biblical account of Joseph of Canaan, directed by Scott Spence and Martin Cespedes, it’s no secret that Jacob favors Joseph over his 11 other sons – especially when he buys his chosen son a fabulous, floor-length, high-collared coat with every color from azure to ochre. This, …
Monday, October 17, 2011
David Mamet's "Race," an examination of struggle and power in race and gender relations, is among the wide array of events coming up at the Beck Center for the Arts.
The Beck Center for the Arts will host the regional premiere of “Race,” a critically-acclaimed play written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright David Mamet, beginning Oct. 21 in the Studio Theater. The drama, which the Associated Press said provides “an intriguing study of perception – from both black and white viewpoints,” follows three trial lawyers, two black and one white, who represent a wealthy, white executive accused of raping a black woman. "I've read the script, and it definitely invites discussion," said Beck Center President and CEO Cindy Einhouse. Sarah May will be directing the play. A staple in Cleveland's theater scene, May has won the Northern Ohio Live Award for her work directing “A Piece of My Heart.” …
Saturday, April 30, 2011
New season includes four regional premieres and some big names.
A night at the prom with a quartet of 1950s dreamers. The story of an old woman who just wants to spend her last days in her own home. The improbable combination of the life story of our seventh President with two hours of punk music. What in the world do these three stories have in common? What could they have in common? They are all part of the 2011-12 professional season at the Beck Center for the Arts. “Six of our seven productions are either brand new to local audiences or have only been seen in national tours,” artistic director Scott Spence said in a news release. “As always, we are trying to offer great diversity in both titles and content.” The season includes four regional premieres, including Race by David Mamet, and also boasts…