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Dogfight posterDogfights can be one of three things. 1) A close range aerial battle between fighter aircrafts. 2) An illegal form of entertainment consisting of pitting dogs against one another. Or 3) A game where soldiers on the eve of deployment compete to bring the ugliest girl on a group date. Dogfight, a musical set in 1963, deals mostly with the third definition.

Frontman Eddie meets ingenue Rose, and things go as well as you can imagine considering the circumstances. But Rose rewrites the dogfighting rules and teaches the young Marines about a more compassionate and caring way of life. Perfect for boys going off to war, right? After a stunted, rocky start, Rose and Eddie’s relationship blossoms, spanning miles and hardships and everything in between.

BoHo Theatre presents the stunning story about the comfort and grace of unexpected love. With song, dance and adventure, Dogfight invites audience members to suspend reality and enter into a fantastical world of whirlwind romance. Performances run Thursday through Saturday at 8PM and Sunday at 2PM until October 18. Ticket prices vary, and can be found here.

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Are You Afraid of the Dark?

FraidsPoster_smallAnyone remember that 90’s Nickelodeon show about kids sitting in the woods telling creepy stories? Well, Yes I Am Afraid of the Dark is an improv show based entirely on that wonderfully nostalgic T.V. series. In a half an hour, the improv team will recreate this riveting series right on the spot. Ghosts, magic, mystery, witches, haunted houses and even aliens aren’t off limit in this suspense filled show.

The show will be playing Sundays Through October 18th at 8PM at the iO Theatre. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here.

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Who Is Otello?

Benvenuto a (Welcome to) Lend Me a Tenor! Assistant Director/Dramaturg Aimee Gaspari back again with some more interesting background information on this main stage production. As you can probably tell by my title, this post is all about a man named Otello, the leading character in the famous opera of the same name. 

Otello, composed by Giuseppe Verdi, plays a key role in Ken Ludwig’s farce Lend Me a Tenor. From his incorporation of Otello to the mentioning of other famous operas such as Pagliacci, Carmen, La Boheme, Die Fledermaus, Salome, and The Merry Widow, Ludwig truly demonstrates his love and knowledge of music throughout the plot of his farce. It is no surprise that the playwright studied music in college, which has proven to follow through in his work as a playwright, especially in Lend Me a Tenor.

Within the farce, Henry Saunders, managing director of the Cleveland Grand Opera House, anxiously awaits the world class tenor Tito Merelli. Commonly referred to as Il Stupendo, Merelli arrives to perform the leading role in Otello.

Othello Tragedy

The original play, Othello, by William Shakespeare

Some of you may already be familiar with the characters and plot of the opera, given that it was inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello. The opera has been noted as having the perfect artistic quality, combining both the masterpiece of Shakespeare and skilled composition of Verdi.

Interestingly enough, Otello was almost never written. In 1871, Verdi considered retiring after writing his other popular success, Aida. Thankfully, Verdi’s publisher and friends plotted to get him back writing so as not to waste his talent. After being introduced to the topic of Shakespeare’s play Othello, Verdi instantly reacted and the idea for a new work was born. Otello premiered in 1887 at the Teatro alla Scala (commonly referred to as La Scala) in Milan, Italy. Being the success that it was, Otello began playing at leading theatres in both Europe and the US. It is currently rehearsing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Despite the fact that it was almost never written, Verdi’s Otello has earned the title of one of Italian opera’s greatest tragedies. Read more

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