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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

Fellini retrospective at Cinematheque

Along with Sweden’s Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini (1920-1993) was one of two superstar directors

Oakland’s ‘Rocky Horror’ reclaims shock

Are you ready to do the “Time Warp” again? People still talk about The Oakland Center for the

Playhouse will host blood thirsty ‘Dracula’

Count Dracula is back, and the Youngstown Playhouse has got him — at least for two spooky weekends.

You’ll love ‘I Love You’ at New Castle

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — Although it opened Off-Broadway in 1996, Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts’ “I Love

‘All Shook Up’ at Playhouse has talented, energetic cast

[Editor’s note: This review was inadvertently omitted from some papers on Sunday.] YOUNGSTOWN

Living up to name, Palumbo, Top Hat excel with ‘Ragtime’

Brian Palumbo and Top Hat Productions have done it again. After scaling the heights of last season’s

Playhouse packed for ‘All Shook Up’

YOUNGSTOWN — The most surprising thing about “All Shook Up,” the 2005 jukebox musical that opened

Top Hat tackles sizable challenge of ‘Ragtime’

Brian Palumbo’s Top Hat Productions opens its 2009-10 season this weekend with its eagerly awaited

Return to Valley has director ‘All Shook Up’

The new and revitalized Youngstown Playhouse officially kicks off its 2009-10 season Friday with

TIFF, haven't we seen this film before?

TORONTO — It was d j vu all over again at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

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The production of Bernard Pomerance’s 1979 play “The Elephant Man” that opens at the Victorian

FALL THEATER PREVIEW

LOOKING AHEAD AT THE 2009-10 SEASON By MILAN PAURICH With summer drawing to a close, area

REVIEW|| Trailer Park tales

YOUNGSTOWN — If rednecks weren’t so intrinsically funny, Jeff Foxworthy would be a floor manager at

‘Blues’ has audience tickled pink

For a play ostensibly about the blues, Sheldon Epps’ Tony-nominated musical revue “Blues in the

Musical revue at Playhouse revels in blues

Dr. John Cox is not only a highly respected area pediatrician with a thriving practice, he’s also

State Theater too big for ‘Poppins’

CLEVELAND — If you somehow manage to score a seat (preferably center right) in the first eight rows

‘Fiddler’ is superbly done at New Castle Playhouse

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — The splendid production of “Fiddler on the Roof” that opened at the New Castle

Movie director returns to basics

CHRIS COLUMBUS In the annals of ‘local-boy-makes-good’ stories, the Champion native’s saga is

Playhouse returns with ‘Barefoot’

The theater company will return to its building for the first play since last fall. For the

TAKING CENTER STAGE

If the Oakland Center for the Arts was a professional baseball team, Robert Dennick Joki would be

Oakland’s ‘Rabbit Hole’ is brilliant

YOUNGSTOWN — The production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Rabbit Hole”

Oakland sticks out neck for vaunted ‘Rabbit Hole’

Despite winning the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a successful Broadway run, David Lindsay-

‘Music Man’ will delight fan base

YOUNGSTOWN — Slicker than the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and so sugary sweet it might cause tooth

YOUNGSTOWN — Based on the deadly earnest, howlingly awful 1936 anti-drug screed of the same

YOUNGSTOWN — Based on the deadly earnest, howlingly awful 1936 anti-drug screed of the same name,

Stebner, Klimenko bring ‘Miracle Worker’ to life

Due to the physically demanding nature of the role, finding the right young actress to portray Helen

Director brings vision to 'The Miracle Worker'

Based on Helen Keller’s autobiography “The Story of My Life,” William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker”

Stellar cast drives ‘Daisy’

YOUNGSTOWN — Winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Alfred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy” is a

‘Witches’ casts fun spell at TNT

NILES — If you’re going through cutthroat kitchen rivalry withdrawal now that Bravo’s sublime “Top

A feast of cinema art

A feast of cinema art Although it’s easier than ever to see esoteric movies these days thanks

TNT's 'Kitchen Witches' spoofs cooking shows

In our increasingly food-centric culture where The Food Network and cable cooking competitions like

‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’ offers real dinner-and-show deal

Everyone is looking for a bargain in these tough economic times, and Top Hat Productions is

Another visit to ‘Smokey Joe’s Cafe’

The story is told entirely through the songs of Leiber and Stoller. YOUNGSTOWN — Akron’s

‘Laughter on the 23rd Floor’ offers lots of fun at New Castle Playhouse

The unofficial fourth installment of Neil Simon’s “Eugene Trilogy” that marked a series of

Mother passes along love of stage to son

One of the busiest and most versatile performers on the tri-state area community theater scene,

Despite economy’s impact, ’08 had magical productions, performances

As one of The Vindicator theater critics, I covered a lot of community theater in 2008. Some

‘Funny Thing’: It’s uneven but enjoyable

The director has a track record of being outstanding, but this production fell a little short.

Dark times at Playhouse

The theater’s decision to suspend productions casts a long shadow. When Youngstown Playhouse

Director has faith in theater lovers

Director David El’Hatton’s play was the first casualty. As director of the postponed

Oakland’s ‘Night’ revives zombie horror

The set and the cast create an atmosphere guaranteed to freak out audiences. The world is a

Oakland Center goes for scares with Night of the Living Dead

The director said people of all ages turned out to audition to be zombies. The hills are alive

Simplified ‘Aida’ is a revelation

Stripped of its bells and whistles, the musical makes a strong impact. Although Elton John and

KSU cast brings ‘Doubt’ to life

Criticshave seen parallels between the play and the buildup to the Iraq war. ’Tis the season

CENTER STAGE Palumbo’s juggling act

As chef-owner of Selah restaurant in Struthers and president of Top Hat, one of the area’s most

‘Prose trumps passion in ‘Company’

“Only connect ... only connect the prose and the passion and both will be exalted, and human love

At Playhouse, actors are in good ‘Company’

The Sondheim musical is rarely performed. YOUNSTOWN — Some of the most legendary Broadway

An underwhelming batch of films at Toronto festival

TORONTO — I’ve never walked out of a movie at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) before,

The Stage at Oakland brings variety with its open-mic night

All kinds of talent can be expected each Thursday night. YOUNGSTOWN — If you dig the idea of

‘Noises Off,’ cast, director succeed at daunting task

The farcical play-within-a- play will tickle your funny bone. “Dying is easy, comedy is hard.”

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