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BY WVIZ/PBS IDEASTREAM SPECIALS
Chronicles the incredible story of the oldest African-American performing arts theater in America, the Karamu House in the historic Fairfax neighborhood of Cleveland.
BY MARK DAWIDZIAK I THE PLAIN DEALER
CLEVELAND, Ohio – As a fast-paced summary of a Cleveland theatrical institution’s rich history, “Karamu: 100 Years in the House” succeeds admirably. It is heartfelt. It is often inspiring. And it certainly tells the tale in a lively, engaging and fascinating manner.
What: A 30-minute documentary narrated by James Pickens Jr.
When: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 (repeating at 1:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, and at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21).
Where: WVIZ Channel 25.
BY LAUREN WILSON I NEWSNET5.COM
A staple in the community is now looking to switch gears.
When Jonathon L. Jackson walks on stage, he’s reminded of the greats that have come before him.
Actors and writers like Langston Hughes, Ruby Dee and Bill Cobbs have all passed through or gotten their start at the Karamu House on East 89th Street in Cleveland.
“We are a treasure and have many treasures,” said Tony Sias, President & CEO of the Karamu House.
BY MARVIN FONG I THE PLAIN DEALER
Several hundred attended a free event at Karamu House to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday
Dancers from the Cleveland School of the Arts perform during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at Karamu House, Monday, January 16, 2017. (Marvin Fong / The Plain Dealer)
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Several hundred attended a free event at Karamu House to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, the day to honor the civil rights leader. Inspirational drama, dancers, speeches and singing kept the attention of the crowd.
This Tony-nominated compilation of 26 hot and torchy blues tunes is a musical commentary on three women’s relationships with one snake of a guy. The evening’s music is raunchily forthright and good-humored with classic blues ranging from Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Alberta Hunter, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more.
By Christine Howey
Okay, it's not so much a play as a concert. But if you love to listen to singers croon the blues, you will not want to miss Blues in the Night, now at Karamu House.
This solid, slick and professional production is the first under the new reign of Tony Sias as president and CEO of this 100-year-old institution. And if the gloss evoked by this thoroughly enjoyable show is any sign, the future may appear to be very bright for theater at Karamu.
The two Cleveland theatres will share facilities, resources, and artists beginning with the 2016-17 season.
Karamu House and Dobama Theatre have announced a formal partnership that will begin with the 2016-17 season. The companies will share facilities and personnel resources, offer joint ticket programs, and present coproductions.
“This partnership exemplifies true collaboration,” said Tony Sias, Karamu president and CEO, in a statement. “We’re sharing resources and working together to remove barriers to make theatre more accessible for the masses. We are thrilled to work closely with Dobama as one of Cleveland’s professional theatre companies that produce first-rate productions of cutting-edge new plays.”