We saw “Heathers” at Western Reserve and had a phenomenal time. The theater / playhouse is a... read more
I am a great fan of community theatre and NE Ohio is blessed with many good companies but Western Reserve stands out in many ways. I think what makes it especially distinctive is its willingness to stage plays that are off the radar of most other groups. Instead of running to the latest popular plays to be licensed (e.g. Mama Mia which seemed to be everywhere last spring and summer) WRP chooses a more elegant line up. Recent shows have included Moliere's manic "Tartuffe", a brilliant staging of the Albee classic "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", a stunning production of the Stephen Sondheim rarely done musical "Assassins". Artistic director Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski is doing wonderful things here - fully staged plays and musicals, the 5 buck series which features readings of plays not normally seen or even heard of, an excellent youth theater line-up. Dawn and her board respect their audiences and strive to offer them more than the old tried-and-true plays or the glittery new ones. Using an old barn, and a rather shallow and somewhat narrow stage, somehow each show looks fresh and imaginative. Lots of credit is due to those involved with lighting the sets. There is a nice spot in the rear where coffee, water, wine and other refreshments are sold at very reasonable prices. Parking is adequate and the theater is accessible to the disabled. For those enjoying dinner before theatre there is a modest selection of places in the immediate neighborhood and a much greater number of spots just down the road in Montrose/Fairlawn 6 or 7 miles away,
We saw “Heathers” at Western Reserve and had a phenomenal time.
The theater / playhouse is a beautifully restored farm-house with seating for 100+ and additional standing room only in the back bar area.
The bar served beer and wines and was staffed by an energetic crew serving cold beverages.
While “Heathers” was somewhat dark in nature at times - the acting, singing and choreography stood up to any of the community and professional theater we’ve seen elsewhere across the country.
In a few words - beautiful, precise, heartfelt and dramatic all in one play.
Loved meeting the owner Dawn and several of actors after the play.