Playhouse Square

Playhouse Square - photo Bob PerkoskiPlayhouse Square - photo Bob Perkoski

Playhouse Square is Cleveland’s entertainment district, home to the second largest performing arts center in America. But it also increasingly is a neighborhood, adding residents by the bushel just like the rest of downtown. So now, in addition to the five grand theatres playing host to Broadway shows, classical and contemporary theater, cabaret, comedy and spoken word, there are new bars, restaurants and retail that make urban living a reality. Home base for tech, arts education and programming is the state-of-the-art Idea Center building, home not only to WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN, but also a handful of high-tech companies. New streetscapes and lighting have added a level of polish not seen around here since the Roaring 20s. 

Broadway Buzz: Joe Garry gives the inside scoop on Playhouse Square productions
For nearly two decades, retired Cleveland State University theater studies professor Joe Garry has been hosting classes in Playhouse Square's Upper Allen—providing audiences with behind-the-scenes tidbits and insights into the productions they are about to see at the Allen, Hanna, KeyBank State, Mimi Ohio, or Connor Palace Theatres.
Cultural pride: Hispanic arts and culture organizations celebrate Latino pride through art
National Hispanic Heritage Month occurs earlier in the fall, but Cuyahoga Arts & Culture celebrates Cleveland's Hispanic arts and cultural organizations all year long. Here's a look at five organizations—Cleveland Orchestra, LatinUs Theater, Julia De Burgos, MoCa Cleveland, and Abrepaso Flamenco—focused on Latino pride through the arts and culture programs they produce.
Cleveland Play House presents adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for Halloween
Just in time for Halloween, Cleveland Play House presents a reimagined adaptation of “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”—a haunting and highly theatrical adaptation of the classic horror story.
Playhouse Square announces schools participating in 2024 Dazzle Awards
Students from 38 regional high school are already preparing for Playhouse Square's May Dazzle Awards—which honors the hard work, dedication, and excellence seen in the region’s high school theater programs.
Light it up: Playhouse Square's new theater marquees in photos
Last week, Playhouse Square unveiled the theaters' new marquees and technology upgrades during Marquee Mondays in a dazzling display of lights and color. Bob Perkoski documented the evening in this photo essay.
Thrive: FutureLAND founder finds inspiration in his father’s grit and drive
The entrepreneurial spirit, curiosity, and determination Kumar Arora learned from his father has led to a successful business career and the cofounding of the upcoming FutureLAND—a celebration of diversity in tech and entrepreneurship in Playhouse Square to help drive economic growth in the area.
Photo Essay: BorderLight Fringe Festival
FreshWater managing photographer Bob Perkoski checked out BorderLight Fringe Festival last weekend and documented the entire weekend for our readers. Enjoy!
Dramatic history: Former Karamu director Terrence Spivey aims to bring his latest work home
Terrence Spivey hasn't missed a beat since he stepped down from his position as Karamu House artistic director in 2016. Now he has been invited to stage his latest play about the slave ship, the Clotilda, "An Ocean in My Bones," in Cleveland.
On the fringes: Playhouse Square streets, venues become stages at BorderLight Fringe Festival
The BorderLight Fringe Festival kicks off this Thursday, with more than 110 performances in the streets and and venues of Playhouse Square.
Euclid Avenue Opera House: One of the most beautiful theaters in the country in the 1800s
The Euclid Avenue Opera House was known for its elegance and was considered one of the finest in the country. Led by John Ellsler and his stock theater group before Marcus Hanna bought the property, the Hanna Theatre is considered its successor.
Regional high school theater programs honored at Playhouse Square’s Dazzle Awards
Area high school thespians were honored last weekend at Playhouse Square's Dazzle Awards competition. Read who the winners were here.
Playhouse Square announces the 2023-2024 KeyBank Broadway Series lineup
Playhouse Square announced yesterday, Tuesday, March 28, that seven shows will be featured on the upcoming 2023-2024 KeyBank Broadway Series, including the official North American tour opening of Back To The Future: The Musical.
Taking a Closer Look: What to expect at the 47th Cleveland International Film Festival
The 47th Cleveland International Film Festival opens this Wednesday with the theme "Look Closer," inviting guests to seek out connections to diverse cultures and perspectives during their visits.
Get your grub on: Cleveland Restaurant Week is underway
Cleveland Restaurant Week kicked off yesterday, and 35 Northeast Ohio restaurants are offering prix fixe three-course meals for just $36 through Saturday, Nov. 12.
Life on stage: Two Baldwin Wallace alums land roles in Les Misérables national tour
Two recent Baldwin Wallace University graduates have landed their dream jobs with the national touring company of “Les Misérables.” Actor Eden Mau is in the ensemble and is an understudy for protagonist Cosette. Ethan Rogers portrays a member of the downtrodden working class and a revolutionary student fighting for freedom as a member of the ensemble. 
Perfect pairing: Kimpton Schofield and Cleveland Ballet Team up for Theater Package
Kimpton Schofield and Cleveland Ballet have teamed up to offer “A Night Out at the Theater” package that includes a Cleveland Ballet performance paired with luxury accommodations at the Kimpton Schofield. 
The Hermit Club: More than a century of devotion to the amateur performing arts
Cleveland Masterworks: The 118-year-old Hermit Club in Playhouse Square is one of Cleveland's most enduring social clubs. Dedicated to amateur performing arts, the club continues to build on its traditions.
BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival has returned to Cleveland
BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival, with performances and entrainments for all tastes and age groups, is now live in downtown Cleveland through Sunday.
Otto Moser’s: The celebrity hangout with the theater crowd for 125 years
Cleveland Masterworks: Clevelanders have always had their lists of favorite local eateries. Having perhaps one of the longest runs was Otto Moser's for 125 years.
FRONT Triennial makes bold strokes to draw in diverse Northeast Ohio artists
By awarding three $25,000 Arts Futures fellowships, FRONT Triennial plans to bring diverse voices to the forefront for its 2022 editions and beyond.