Thursday, June 1, 2023

Theater Notes: April 2023

Blood at the Root at UT’s Center for Performing Arts

With performances from April 13-23 the University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film presents Blood at the Root, in the Center Theatre at the Center for Performing Arts, which explores some of the challenging and complex racial dynamics of the American South. A striking new drama by Dominique Morisseau based on the real stories of the Jena Six, a group of African-American teens convicted for assaulting a white classmate after a series of escalating incidents involving racist taunts. The production raises issues about injustice and racial double standards. The production is directed by UT alumnus Carlos Washington. 1910 W. Rocket Drive. 419-530-2787. $10-20.

Fringe Fest at the Collingwood Arts Center

The Collingwood Arts Center has long been a haven for area experimental visual arts and performance. On Saturday, April 22 at 6pm, check out the CAC’s annual Fringe Festival, where locals present a wicked lineup of funky artists and installations set through the halls and creative spaces housed inside of [the] sprawling historic building. For attendees 18+. 2413 Collingwood Blvd. 419-244-2787. $12-25 at

Streetcar Named Desire at the Toledo Rep

As the weather warms this spring, Toledo Repertoire Theatre presents Streetcar Named Desire, set in the uncomfortable stale heat of New Orleans. The Tennessee Williams classic portrays the crisis faced by Blanche du Bois as she loses her home and moves into the small apartment home of her sister and brother-in-law, Stella and Stanley Kowalski. The tense family drama features legendary lead roles that grapple with trauma, aging, controlling relatives and the possibility of a new start amid personal challenges. Friday, April 28 through Sunday, May 7. 16 Tenth St. 419-243-9277. $9.75-19.75.

Evil Dead, the musical, at BGSU

The title of this production indicates the extent to which its plot is like nothing you’ve seen before. Mashing up elements from cult classics The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness and putting the best of horror on a theater stage, Evil Dead: The Musical offers a unique experience for adventurous theater-goers. Be careful if you’re in the “Splatter Zone,” where a section of the audience may be splattered with fake blood. Thursday, April 13 – Sunday, April 16 at the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre in the Wolfe Center for the Arts at Bowling Green State University. 419-372-2222. $5-20.

Waterville Playshop’s The Music Man at the Maumee Indoor

“Seventy-six trombones led the big parade” in Meredith Willson’s classic musical The Music Man. Find out what comes next in River City for door-to-door salesman Harold Hill and Marian the Librarian, at the Maumee Indoor Theatre on Friday April 21 at 8pm, Saturday, April 22 at 8pm and Sunday, April 23 at 2:30pm, presented by Waterville Playshop. 419-823-7364. 

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