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Three shows puts Schaffer in league of his own

America could use an escape right now and Jeff Schaffer is here to serve. “I feel this is my lame version of civic duty, giving people a half hour here and there to just laugh,” Schaffer said Tuesday during a telephone interview. The Howland native is a writer, director and executive ...

Prine, Schlesinger were truly master songwriters

Most of those who are close to me are healthy. The ones who got it — or that we think got it because tests only are available to the near dead and the almost famous — had a mild case and have recovered or are recovering. Many others can’t say the same and are grieving loved ...

Warren native produces ‘Black Files’ series

Hypersonic air travel, alien sightings, soldiers with super-human strength — Warren native Eric Murphy spent much of 2019 immersed in the government’s “Black Files.” Murphy is a supervising producer and writer on “Black Files Declassified,” a documentary series that premiered ...

MVP sets auditions for online ‘King Lear’

YOUNGSTOWN — For the Mahoning Valley Players, the show must go on … line. The group, founded in 2011 to present free performances of William Shakespeare’s plays, is accepting online auditions through April 17 for its production of “King Lear.” The COVID-19 virus that is forcing ...

Douglas trades touring for concerts at home

For a man who’s lived his life on the road, Jerry Douglas is trying to figure out what the new normal is. “I haven’t had this kind of time off since 1973,” the Leavittsburg native and 14-time Grammy winner said Monday during a telephone interview from his home in Nashville. “I’m ...

Easy Street workshops move online

Easy Street Productions is bringing its Little Rascals workshops to the web. Since health concerns prohibit children from participating in any group activities, Easy Street will offer a virtual theater workshop for children with Maureen Collins that will stream live starting April 18 from ...

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CANCELED / POSTPONED / RESCHEDULE SHOWS • Luke Bryan announced Tuesday he is postponing the release of his next album, “Born Here Live Here Die Here,” until Aug. 7, and the accompanying tour will be delayed until July 10. The rescheduled dates does not include his performance at ...

YSU Marching Pride auditions go online

The Youngstown State University Marching Pride, directed by Brandt Payne, will have online auditions for its 2020 Color Guard, Penguinettes and Feature Twirler. For audition instructions and requirements, go to ysubands .org/marching_pride. Students should click on their respective area. A ...

Theater veterans share tales of first love

For some, it was their first experience seeing professional theater, whether it was Kenley Players or Broadway. For others it was a local production, one they saw from the audience or one in which they were cast. Whatever the reason, many possess a passion for the theater, which is ...

Home-grown talent

Consumers frequently are encouraged to eat local by supporting independent restaurants, particularly those that use local ingredients. The shop local movement has Small Business Saturday as part of the holiday gift-buying season. In that spirit, let’s use these stay-at-home days to watch ...