This season’s romantic trilogy with American composers at The Toledo Opera has drawn to a close. Audiences laughed heartily and wept with joy during performances of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, but all good things must come to an end. Vanessa, the tragic opera composed by Samuel Barber, marks
When most people think “opera,” they envision a stuffy, black-tie affair, with wealthy patrons peeking through their glasses and applauding politely. The idea of the venerated art form appealing to the masses seems unlikely to those with that kind of picture in their minds. It’s exactly the stereotype that the group Opera on Tap hopes
Going abroad sounds romantic. You meet a beautiful stranger, spend the night together and everything feels like a movie— until you wake up without subtitles or an explanation.
Literature and theater have an intimate relationship; John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” first appeared on Broadway in 1937, the year the novella was published. See the renowned classic about fighting through the Great Depression for a piece of the American dream at the Toledo Rep. Friday, March 31-Sunday, April 9. 8pm, Friday-Saturday. 2:30pm, Sunday.
Talented Irish dancers and musicians will kick up the stage when the 20th Anniversary World Tour of Riverdance rolls into town. 7:30-10:15pm. Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30. $28-$88. The Stranahan Theater 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. | 419-381-8851 | stranahantheater.org
World-renowned artist Rudolf Bauer didn’t stop making art when he was in a Nazi prison, he sketched on scraps of paper. But Bauer did stop painting when a feud between himself, his love and his patron erupted.
For the past five years, Erin-Garber Pearson has invited awestruck audiences and eager novices to enter her enchanting space, tucked in the Old West End. Locals have learned how to gracefully wind themselves in silks 15 feet in the air, walk on stilts, balance on beams and attempt astonishing aerial acrobatic acts.
“Yes” isn’t just an answer. In improv, “yes” does a whole lot more. When performing, if an actor says “no,” the scene will end because it has nowhere to go. On the flip side, if you say “yes,” the scene continues. This is one of many fundamentals improv comedian Nick Morgan teaches during his Improv
If you’ve ever seen Downton Abbey, or nearly any film that is set in early England, you’ve likely watched couples facing one another and dancing down a line of people. The style, called contra dancing, is alive and well here in Toledo. From New England to Toledo Northwest Ohio Traditional Music and Dance (NOTMAD), is a local nonprofit
It’s 1955, somewhere in middle America— girls everywhere are drooling over a mysterious, guitar-playing man wearing a leather jacket and blue suede shoes. When one small town girl meets a rock n’ roll-loving stranger, she discovers the power of romance and music. Will she end up in a “Heartbreak Hotel”? Or, like the name of
Historically-lauded musicals typically don’t need a facelift, but the high-flying Pippin is enjoying a 21st-century update. See the death-defying hit musical, featuring songs from the composer of Wicked, as it jumps into town. A winner of four 2013 Tony Awards, Pippin features extraordinary acrobatics, breathtaking feats and jaw-dropping choreography— but with just a little more
Still “Odd” After All These Years: The Village Players celebrate 60th season with Neil Simon’s classicMarch 7, 2017
For more than 50 years, Neil Simon’s classic play “The Odd Couple” has enchanted audiences with its tale of two mismatched friends moving in together following their individual divorces. A film adaptation, sitcom, sequel and numerous spin-offs would follow as Felix and Oscar became a permanent fixture on the pop culture landscape. So it’s little