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Exxopolis lights up PlayhouseSquare’s International Children’s Festival

Exxopolis at PlayhouseSquare's International Children's Festival

The Bowser-like entrance of Exxopolis at PlayhouseSquare’s International Children’s Festival

Last night, Scott and I stepped off the streets of Cleveland into an alien world. I can’t do it justice, but what looked a little like Bowser’s Super Mario World Castle from the outside, on the inside was like walking through a series of gigantic balloons.

If you were down in PlayhouseSquare yesterday, you may have seen them setting it up in the parking lot across the street and wondered what it is.

Crew member from Architects of Air outside Exxopolis

A crew member from Architects of Air, which designed and tours Exxopolis around the world

It’s Exxopolis, a special interactive exhibit designed by Great Britain’s Architects of Air. And it’s open today through Saturday (May 9, 10 and 11) as part of PlayhouseSquare’s International Children’s Festival.

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Good People at Cleveland Play House is Great

Good People at Cleveland Play House

David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People at Cleveland Play House through April 14

It’s a tall order to combine broad laughs, social commentary, and a melancholy, intimate, character-driven story.

But Good People – currently onstage at Cleveland Play House’s Allen Theatre through April 14 – succeeds with a subtle mastery.

When I was invited to attend Good People’s opening night last week, I was greeted by a “Welcome to South Boston” mural overlooking the back alley of a Dollar Store.

However, that mural may be one of the only welcoming things about Southie, the rough-around-the-edges neighborhood in Boston where Good People is set.

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PlayhouseSquare Broadway in CLE

Giveaway Reminder: You have until Monday, March 25 at 11:59pm to enter my Market at the Foodbank giveaway.

PlayhouseSquare Broadway in CLE

I should be packing right now for our drive to Fabletown and Beyond. Scott and I have an 11-hour car ride ahead of us today and we should get an early start.

But while I was going to wait til next week to post about PlayhouseSquare’s 2013-2014 Broadway announcement, I got a little too excited for some of the shows.

As PlayhouseSquare Partners, Scott and I were invited to an announcement preview on Monday, where we enjoyed a pre- and post-show reception and Senior VP of Theater Operations Gina Vernaci’s energetic presentation.

We even got the special treat of a performance by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s All-City Arts Drum Line.

PlayhouseSquare #BWYinCLE

With Jen, Alicia, Kimberly and Nadine at #BWYinCLE

I think what most impressed me, though, was PlayhouseSquare’s focus on the audience. Similar to last year’s Broadway Your Way, this year’s focus is on what Broadway in CLE means to you.

My answer to that is a bit complicated.

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PlayhouseSquare’s Class by the Glass and Giveaway Winners

There’s nothing like starting the week with a Monday off from work! My plans for the day include catching up on some reading and introducing Kimberly to Cafe Melissa.

But first, I’m excited to announce two winners of my PlayhouseSquare Broadway Launch Giveaway!

Broadway Giveaway

Congratulations, entries 20 and 6 – Beth at Craveable Cleveland and Kerry at Burritos and Bubbly – for winning tickets to PlayhouseSquare’s Broadway announcement and $10 gift card! Please email me at clueintocleveland (at) gmail (dot) com to confirm your prize.

Starting at 7:00 p.m. on March 19, follow facebook.com/playhousesquare and @PlayhouseSquare to learn about the new Broadway season as it’s announced.  You can also watch the video of the announcement in its entirety beginning March 20, 10am at playhousesquare.org/launchparty.

PlayhouseSquare 14th Street Theatre

In addition to their Broadway series, PlayhouseSquare offers a slate of entertainment in 10 spaces, like the intimate 14th Street Theatre where we saw Saturday’s Class by the Glass (Photo from playhousesquare.org)

Besides the Broadway series, PlayhouseSquare brings a massive slate of entertainment to Cleveland each year – concerts, comedians, speakers, children’s shows and much more.  However, they also provide a home to Cleveland performers.

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Giveaway: PlayhouseSquare Broadway Launch and Gift Card

PlayhouseSquare Broadway Launch

Enter to win tickets to an exclusive PlayhouseSquare Broadway Launch Party and PlayhouseSquare giftcard!

A couple weeks ago, the Book of Mormon-craze hit Cleveland when tickets went on sale for their PlayhouseSquare stop. I know when I went to buy mine, it took some time to find 2 good seats together.

The popular Trey Parker-Matt Stone musical is just one of 7 Broadway shows PlayhouseSquare has brought to Cleveland this season.

From the magical Beauty and the Beast to the quirky Priscilla Queen of the DesertPlayhouseSquare’s KeyBank Broadway series has had something for every taste.

And with Sister Act, War Horse, Guys and Dolls, and Book of Mormon still ahead, it’s hard to imagine what PlayhouseSquare has up their sleeve for next season.

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Jump Back Two Spaces for Jump Back Ball 22

Jump Back Ball Set Up Day

Jump Back Ball Set Up Day at the State Theatre

Another Jump Back Ball has come and gone. After months of hard work from Jump Back Ball co-chairs Maurie and Samantha and their committees, this Saturday’s Jump Back Two Spaces was an incredible evening of food, friends and boardgame fun.

An early wakeup to head to the Foodbank had me thinking I wasn’t going to make it through the night. Fortunately, after a relaxing hair appointment with Melanie at Dino Palmieri, I was ready to go!

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Sneak Peek: Jump Back Ball Decor

Jump Back Ball - Jump Back Two Spaces Shop Night

Monday night’s Jump Back Ball Shop Night

Only a couple days remain til Jump Back Ball and this year’s co-chairs and decor committee have done an excellent job building a boardgame wonderland.

From Candyland and LIFE to Battleship and Monopoly, enjoy this sneak peek at a few of their creations for Saturday’s party:

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Jump Back Ball Shop Nights

Jump Back Ball - Shop Night at PlayhouseSquare Idea Center

As a kid, I loved attacking anything I could with markers, paint and colored pencils. Still today, it’s an easy way to lift my spirits.

That’s why I get excited this time each year for Jump Back Ball Shop Nights.

I realize, though, I’m a little very weird. So if harnessing your inner Michelangelo isn’t your idea of a fun night out, why should you go to Shop Nights?

Well, I asked Scott – who I used to have to drag with me –  to share his story:

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Recap: SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody at PlayhouseSquare

SPANK at PlayhouseSquare - Girls Day Out

Girls Day Out at PlayhouseSquare’s SPANK! (at Hanna Theatre now-Jan. 27)

This weekend was spent loading new furniture into our house. After more than a few speedbumps (like half our couch arriving in the wrong shape and color), I was clamoring to escape for a couple hours.

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody at PlayhouseSquare was to the rescue.

I’ll be honest. Before the curtain went up on Sunday’s performance, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. I never had any huge desire to read Fifty Shades of Grey, but having worked backstage on another parody musical for two years, I have a soft spot for them.

And the one thing I learned while working on Menopause the Musical is when you stage a spoof, you have to completely give yourself over to the source material.

If the crowd at Sunday’s show was any indication, the cast of SPANK! did just that.

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GIVEAWAY: Girls’ Day Out at PlayhouseSquare’s SPANK!

One of my favorite Girls Days Out from last year at Jen’s wedding

UPDATE: In addition to entering my giveaway below for SPANK! at PlayhouseSquare, you can increase your chances of winning by checking out Smitten in Cleveland’sWhyCLE’s and Life in the CLE’s giveaways going on now.


I find that when I need to blow off steam, a Girls’ Night (or Day) Out is the best remedy – whether it’s yoga with Poise in Parma or @CLEYogi, or a Sunday of Les Mis, crafting and Downton Abbey.

If you want to make like Cyndi Lauper and have fun, I have 2 upcoming girls’ nights and a giveaway for you:

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