The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Cleveland Play House, the country’s first professional regional theater. Over the decades, the company has created more than 1,300 productions, seen by more than 12 million people. Paul Newman, Alan Alda, and Margaret Hamilton all started their careers at the Ohio-based playhouse, which launched America’s first community-based theater education initiatives and currently features a Playwrights’ Unit to nurture new work. In the past, the company was involved in the Full Circle International Theatre Exchange Program, a partnership with organizations in Hungary, Russia, and more, designed to bring unique productions to the stage. The Play House currently hosts the annual New Ground Theatre Festival, which brings solo performances and full-scale productions of new work to the stage. The company most recently moved to PlayhouseSquare’s Allen Theatre in 2011.Five Guys Named Moe opened this weekend, featuring the "jump blues" hits of songwriter Louis Jordan, including "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't Ma' Baby" and "What's the Use of Getting Sober (When You're Just Gonna Get Drunk Again)," and you should probably go see it. Get tickets now and be sure to check out the smattering of other local theater offerings right here.
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