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Rust Belt offers ‘Witherspoon’

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com Rust Belt Theater Company’s “Durang-ed Summer” — a

Area stage veteran’s play to premiere

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com One of the busiest men on the community theater scene,

Looking forward to the 2011-12 theater season

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com The 2011-12 community- theater season is about to

Playhouse’s ‘Biloxi Blues’ shows enduring appeal

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com NEW CASTLE Winner of the 1985 Tony Award for Best

Shakespeare in park setting: a streamlined ‘As You Like It’

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com What better setting for “As You Like It,” one of

‘The Goat’ Playhouse production will push buttons

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com John Pecano is one of those multi-hyphenate talents

‘Durang-ed’: Rust Belt tackles playwright’s works

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com Summer may traditionally be a slow period for community

Youngstown Playhouse closes out season with ‘Dixie Swim Club’

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com The Youngstown Playhouse closes out the 2010-11 season

Commanding performance lifts ‘Rose Tattoo’

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com NEW CASTLE, Pa. Director Lester Malizia always seems

Candidates to compete for Tracy role in ‘Hairspray’

Top Hat Productions wants to make the casting of the lead in their upcoming production of the 2002 Tony-winning musical “Hairspray” a more democratic process than usual.

Actor embraces offbeat ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’

Former WHOT-FM radio personality Brandy Johanntges has been making quite a name for herself on the community-theater scene in recent years.

Victorian struggles to bring ‘Madwoman’ to life

Jean Giraudoux’s 1945 play “The Madwoman of Chaillot” has always suffered from a case of the cutes, and the current Victorian Players production does little to temper the work’s essential unctuousness.

Go to New Castle, see ‘Oklahoma!’ with razzmatazz

“Oklahoma!” has been kicking around for 68 years, but the current Brent Rodgers’-directed New Castle Playhouse production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s bucolic perennial just occasionally shows its age.

‘Oliver’ opens to SRO crowd at Playhouse

The Youngstown Playhouse production of “Oliver!” that opened to an SRO crowd Friday night adds precious little to the Dickens versus Bart discourse.

Fearless portrayal propels ‘Fat Pig’

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com If beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, then why

‘Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me’ is compelling theater

There’s real magic afoot at the Calvin Center for the Arts these days.

The Youngstown Playhouse presents ‘oliver!’

Dave and Donny Wolford may be the only father and son acting team on the Youngstown community theater circuit.

‘someone who’ll watch over me’ Stripped-down drama puts the focus on performance

Frank McGuinness’ 1993 hostage drama “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” might seem like an unexpected choice for the director.

The Oakland’s ‘Fat Pig’ examines relationships

Christopher Fidram (“Dinner With Friends,” “Rabbit Hole”) is finally stepping back into the director’s chair with the upcoming Oakland Center for the Arts production of Neil LaBute’s controversial “Fat Pig.”

Pretentious, dated script dooms ‘Agnes of God’

Any community theater director will tell you that casting is 90 percent of the job.

Top Hat’s ‘Boys Next Door’ rises above material

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com For a theater company that made its name and reputation

Issues remain timely in ‘Championship Season’

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com When Jason Miller’s “That Championship Season” opened

Oakland to stage ‘I Am My Own Wife’

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for

‘The Crucible’ is beautifully designed production at YSU

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com youngstown Director W. Rick Schilling serves up one

Playhouse will pay homage to Steinbeck with ‘Mice and Men’

The ultimate “bromance,” John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” is better known as a novella and movie than as a stage play.

‘Don’t Drink Water’: outdated but effective

Woody Allen’s “Don’t Drink the Water” probably seemed dated when it first opened on Broadway in November 1966.

Oakland offers a trio of ‘Death Defying Acts’

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com “Death Defying Acts,” a collection of three one-act

COMMUNITY THEATER: From ‘Medea’ to ‘Chicago,’ it was a memorable year

As the curtain closes on yet another calendar year, it’s time to look back at some of the more memorable community-theater moments of 2010.

Playhouse production piles on theater humor

Tom O’Donnell and Molly Galano are part of the cast of the Youngstown Playhouse production

‘Spirit of Christmas’ finds new home

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com A co-production of Sam Luptak Jr.‘s Centaur Stage

Playhouse will put the horror on stage

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com Multihyphenate Michael Dempsey continues to seek out

‘Antigone’ star gets a rush from theater’s summer pace

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com “Antigone,” the third and final chapter in Robert

Trilogy of Greek tragedies continues with ‘Medea’

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com “Medea,” the second in Robert Dennick Joki’s trilogy of

‘Back of the Throat’ takes a look at racial profiling

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com Plays don’t get any more topical — or contentious —

Drag show tries on a new location

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com Taking a break from tradition, the seventh annual

The Soul of ‘Wit’

Director Robert Dennick Joki steps out of his comfort zone By MILAN PAURICH

‘Inherit the Wind’ Playhouse tackles courtroom drama

By MILAN PAURICH entertainment@vindy.com Considering the fact that nearly half of the 2008

Will Columbus’ latest kick off franchise?

Hollywood adage goes, “You’re only as good as your last movie.” Forget loyalty or how much money

‘Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein’ had Oakland audience laughing all night

The weather outside was frightful, but not even the biggest snowstorm in years could deter

Oakland Center brings ‘Shel Silverstein’ to stage

Cartoonist, writer of short stories, plays, children’s books and poetry, and even an acclaimed

Stitching together ‘The Fabric of a Man’

The Youngstown Playhouse production opens Friday. Despite being nominated for 13 NAACP awards

YSU cast deftly handles provocative ‘Shape of Things’

YOUNGSTOWN — A scathing, remorseless examination of sexual gamesmanship at its cruelest and most


As the curtain draws to a close on yet another calendar year, it’s time to take a look back at the

Despite seeing a ton of films, finding top 10 was tough

What can you say about a movie year in which the top-grosser (“Transformers: Revenge of the

Believe in a holiday classic

‘miracle on 34th street’ The Youngstown Playhouse production opens for two weekends starting

Oakland’s ‘Drag Queen’ provides plenty of irreverent holiday comedy

Does the idea of seeing ubiquitous chat-show guest Sarah Palin reduced to living in a cardboard box

Oakland’s annual holiday fundraiser is a real drag

YOUNGSTOWN — For some area theater fans, the holiday season means only one thing: a return visit to

Musical is a ‘Wicked’ly good time

CLEVELAND — “Wicked” is wonderful. For anyone who thought that composer Stephen Schwartz peaked with

Joki’s ‘Rocky Horror Show’ proves absolutely fabulous

When the Narrator (a wonderfully imperious Nicole Zayas) cautions the audience at the start of “The

Playhouse puts comic spin on ‘Dracula’ vampire story

You can’t blame “Dracula” for beginning to show his age. The stage adaptation of Bram Stoker’s



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