‘Savage Love’fest

I discovered Dan Savage when I was 12 or 13 and coming to terms with my sexuality. He was tucked away in the back of the local “alternative paper” that was given away on top of the magazine stand at my local library Hidden among ads for “erotic massage” and “tranny escorts” on the page […]

“Finding Joe” is a Call to Adventure

When I was a teenager, any time it came up, I would tell people that I was my own hero. In fact, my favorite song was Hero in Me by Jeffery Gaines. My response was intended to be glib, full of winking narcissism. Eventually, that went by the wayside. As an adult, nobody asks you […]

New World Performance Lab’s Studio 2 Inaugural Production makes a Powerful Political Statement

“How can someone have teeth like that and still procreate,” asks a driver who has been taken hostage by the two title characters in the New World Performance Laboratory Studio 2 production of A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians. To be honest, this is a question I ask myself whenever I encounter couples where one […]

Episode 33: Directing 101

Hosts Benjamin Rexroad and TJ Josza discuss the University of Akron’s Directing 1 class presentation. “By teaching people to critique, you are giving them that point of view.” “Is it possible to teach directing?” A question from Anne Bogart on her monthly blog “What do you do in directing class?” A question from TJ during […]

“The Walking Dead” is Resurrected for 2nd Season

My first encounter with The Walking Dead was in the form of a graphic novel.  I read a collection of the first 6 comics in the series, The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye, sometime in 2007.  Being a college student who found out I was living beyond my means, I couldn’t afford to […]

“Community” Earns an A+

Last week, I was sick. So I locked myself in my room with Community, a television show I had been avoiding, and didn’t come out until I had watched every episode.  I wasn’t avoiding the show for any reason other than I didn’t need another 22-minute distraction in my weekly routine.  In fact, I had […]

The Monsters in “Monster Play” at CPT Give a Spine-Tingling Performance

Last night, TJ and I attended Monster Play, a devised play created in partnership between Theatre Ninjas and Cleveland Public Theatre.  For those of you who may not know, “devised” refers to a work created in a collaborative process, most often with actors improvising scenes and dialogue before establishing a fixed form for performance. As […]

Review of “I Dreamed of Rats”

A living room.  A man.  A few props. We, the scarce amount of guests, had been invited to watch a performance that almost felt like an intrusion into somebody’s private home and, in a way, it was.  Terence Cranendonk is creating a new paradigm for theatrical art in Northeast Ohio.  His “Where We Live” series […]

“Corpus Christi” brings gay marriage to the church

Heads Up Productions, a new Akron theater company, is bringing “Corpus Christi” to First Grace United Church of Christ. Benjamin Rexroad, artistic director of Heads Up Productions, has been at The University of Akron for six years now. He began his first semester studying Humanities, but switched to a Theater degree. He will be graduating […]

Corpus Christi Renews Faith in Live Theater

I love live theater. I can’t remember the first live theater production I ever saw, but I remember the first one that really got to me. It was a production of Jesus Christ Superstar at E.J. Thomas Hall circa 1986. I had grown up listening to JCS; my mom was a fanatic and played the […]