There are a lot of reasons to see Scenery at the Cleveland Play House. Running one final weekend, this comedy will play on January 28th and 29th at 8:00pm, and January 30th at 7:00pm in the Brooks Theatre. Here’s why this show is on my must-see list:
1) Ed Dixon’s writing is smart, hilarious and deep, with a hint of sarcasm and a tasty finish. The show is about a married couple’s (possible) final days in the acting profession and is written with wit and wisdom.
2) Anne McEvoy is hysterical as the frustrated diva Marion Crain.
3) Robert Hawkes is a sneaky catalyst to lots of funny banter as Richard Crain.
4) Anne McEvoy and Robert Hawkes together are the yin and yang of bygone youth; the peanut butter and jelly in the sandwich of theatrical relationships; the… well geez – they’re just damn fun to watch!
5) Actors will love the familiarity of dressing room drama: Why are there so many flowers? Why is there no air conditioning? Why can’t Marion remember her lines? Who sent a copy of Macbeth? Where’s Marion’s dog? How’s Marion’s hair (for the 8th time)?
6) Non-actors will love getting a peek into how things play out in a dressing room before, during and after a show. Everyone will also get a kick out of all of the superstitions that exist!
7) The performances benefit the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival’s summer of free theater. This coming season, the Shakespearian plays Love’s Labours Lost and Othello will delight Clevelanders at no charge because of benefit events such as this.
Give yourself a present this weekend – go see this amusing piece (directed by Tyson Rand) and have a blast pondering life, love and laughter. And before you leave, don’t forget to turn around three times, spit and swear.