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We Are "The Times"!

posted Jan 7, 2013, 6:49 AM by Eric Fancher   [ updated Jan 7, 2013, 8:20 AM ]
There's a new show in town and it's premiering at the Cleveland Public Theatre's "Big Box" new plays festival.  The show is called These Are The Times, by David Hansen.  Fact and fiction overlap in this theatrical panorama of Cleveland's heyday. Bernard Schrader discovers a life in the theater during the Cleveland Centennial, 1936, but decisions made then bring down a fledgling improv comedy troupe during the 1950s Red Scare.  Act One is presented as a Federal Theater Project "Living Newspaper" recounting the events of 1936. It is told in reverse chronology, following the career trajectory of Bernard, a college drop-out and would-be activist who discovers a life in the theater through luck and pluck.  Act Two is presented as a sketch improv comedy show. Spanning the years 1954-60, it follows the development and success of a small company of young comedians, mentored by Barney Silver. Events from the 1930s return to haunt these young performers, culminating in an appearance before the House Committee on Un-American Activities.  In this production, Eric plays many roles including Orson Welles, Elliot Ness, and Danny Michaels (who is based on the real-life comedian/director Mike Nichols).  This is also the first show he is starring in with his good friend Joseph Dunn since they were in Chicago together during high school.  Tickets are 15 dollars, but they have 10 dollar discounted tickets on Thursday, and on Friday they have free beer after the show!  Tickets can be ordered HERE, and more information on the show can be found on CPT's website HERE.  The show runs March 7-9.  More info on the Calendar page.