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Plates & Plays: This at the Dobama Theater

May 19, 2019, 2:30 PM Partners For Theater members, join us at Noon for lunch at Anatolia and then the production of "This" at the Dobama Theater in Cleveland Heights. Show time is 2:30 PM.

Plates & Plays: This at the Dobama Theater Details

May 19, 2019, 2:30 PM

Dobama Theater is located at 2340 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, OH. The production of This starts at 2:30 PM. 
At Noon we are gathering for lunch at Anatolia Cafe which is located at 2270 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH.
Plates & Plays is a group opportunity to have dinner and attend a play with other theater lovers.  A play will be selected and paired with a nearby restaurant for dinner or brunch, if the play is a matinee.  A group reservation is made which frequently is at a reduced ticket price. Everyone gathers for a meal, ordering from the menu.  Then tickets are distributed at the theater when everyone arrives.
Not only is it fun to meet others who also enjoy theater, but the variety of theaters and performances provides a greater diversity than you might otherwise select.  Experiencing new theaters and different styles of playwriting can open us to new ideas.
Watch the website for the Plates & Plays schedule.  Reservations are essential.  This is only available for members of Partners for Theater and their guests.  So, join Partners for Theater today.

All the Square's a Stage - Saturday June 1,2019

Jun 1, 2019 Summit StageFest brings together theater groups from all over Northeast Ohio for a free celebration of live performance, art, and food in the heart of Akron's eclectic Highland Square neighborhood.


Dobama - Plates & Plays

May 19, 2019 Lunch at Anatolia Cafe followed by the play This presented by the Dobama Theater.

Dobama - Plates & Plays Details

May 19, 2019

It was our first time attending a play at the Dobama Theater and,if all their plays are as well done as the play titled "This", it certainly won't be the last time.  We weren't sure what to expect, but the Dobama Theatre is a great space and conveniently located in the Heights Library facility on Lee Road.  The play "This" written by Melissa James Gibson, was so well directed and performed that the audience remained engaged throughout the performance.  The staging also was really well thought out so that the transitions from one space to another flowed seamlessly without creating any disruptions to what you were seeing and experiencing.  Although the play's theme was about grief, it addressed an array of humam emotions, even humor, and a variety of perspectives as a community of people interacted with each other.

Theresa Minick

Almost Maine Plates & Plays

Jan 25, 2019 Dinner at Papa Joe's followed by Almost Maine presented by Weathervane Playhouse.
Open the tab below for a review of the evening.

Almost Maine Plates & Plays Details

Jan 25, 2019

Plates and Plays, organized by Partners for Theater, brought together nineteen theater lovers for dinner and drama on Friday, January 25. The evening began at Papa Joe's Restaurant in the Valley, as we took a very long table and a large booth to accommodate the group. I did not survey the group about the food, but the sautéed Walleye on special was superb.

 We then attended the unique and charming Almost Maine at the Weathervane. The play consisted of nine vignettes about love and human relations in a small town in northern Maine, not quite Canada, but seemingly not quite Maine, either. One vignette served as prologue and epilogue for the production, while the others told heartwarming stories of people trying to find their way together. A few sad, most were amusing, and all were interesting. Despite occurring far from anywhere, the stories were universal. The cast was uniformly high quality, with some of the actors particularly adept at using facial expressions to communicate more than words ever could.

Bill Jordan

Emeritus Professor of Law

University of Akron School of Law

AIDA Plates & Plays

Nov 11, 2018 Lunch at Gervasi Vineyard followed by AIDA presented at Canton Player's Guild W.G. Fry Theater.
"I enjoyed being with such stimulating friends from our area who enjoy theater. AIDA was a show stopper! Local talented performers made Elton John's and Tim Rice's musical a real personal experience." Judy Nicely

AIDA Plates & Plays Details

Nov 11, 2018

We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Gervasi Vineyard before the show.  The food was great and the Gervasi staff were all friendly, upbeat and efficient.  It was a great time.

Educational Theatre Association

Oct 23, 2018 Mission: Shaping lives through theatre education.
Vision: Every student will have access to theatre taught by qualified educators as a vital part of a well-rounded education.

Educational Theatre Association Details

Oct 23, 2018

Helping to fulfill our mission to "support and promote the development of live theater arts for artistic educational purposes", Scott Biddinger has joined Educational Theatre Association as a Professional Member.  We will explore opportunities to help engage students in the theatrical arts.

Watch the youtube video at the link below to learn how theater can change the lives of students.  Theater helps them connect to people and become more confident.

Treasure Island: An Adventure with Music - Plates & Plays

Oct 12, 2018 Dinner at Nuevo followed by a new play by Terry Burgler, adapted from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Ohio Senate honored Partners for Theater, for Superb Community Service

Jul 1, 2018 The Senate of the 132nd General Assembly off Ohio applauds Partners for Theater, Inc., on securing a quarterly grant from the Akron Community Foundation.

Summit StageFest 2018

Jun 2, 2018 Summit StageFest 2018 again brought live theater to the streets of Akron. Nearly five thousand participants enjoyed watching stage combat, meeting the princesses, sampling opera in the open air and watching plays, improvisation and a variety show. A full-length production of "Don Quixote" was presented in the Balch Street Theater as an off-site, free performance by New World Performance Lab. A new offering was "Three for All," a series of three ten-minute plays which had each won a play competition at the Weathervane Playhouse. Click [x] for more information.

Summit StageFest 2018 Details

Jun 2, 2018
Summit StageFest 2018 again brought live theater to the streets of Akron.  Nearly five thousand participants enjoyed watching stage combat, meeting the princesses, sampling opera in the open air and watching plays, improvisation and a variety show.  A full-length production of "Don Quixote" was presented in the Balch Street Theater as an off-site, free performance by New World Performance Lab. A new offering was "Three for All," a series of three ten-minute plays which had each won a play competition at the Weathervane Playhouse.
While Tom Stephen, the Town Crier, announced the upcoming performances, vendors offered a wide variety of arts and crafts and food trucks and vendors provided fun food choices.  A Make-it and Take-It site had dozens of children creating costumes and having crafty fun while parents joined in.
Although the festival is free to the public, it costs money to produce.  Several financial sponsors were critical to success of the event. We thank FirstEnergy, Oriana House, the City of Akron, the Akron Community Foundation, the R.C. Musson and Katherine M. Musson Charitable Foundation, the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation, the Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation, Junior Women's Civic Club, Square Records and Ray's Pub.
We also appreciate the merchants and residents of Highland Square for their patience and encouragement.

Some Enchanted Evening

May 19, 2018 Fairlawn Country Club - The incomparable Helen Welch and her trio performed Broadway's Best In Song, performing "My Heart Belongs to Broadway Cabaret."

King Charles III, Plates & Plays

Apr 13, 2018 Plates & Plays event started with dinner at Nuevo and then moved on to King Charles III at Ohio Shakespeare Festival, in Greystone Hall.

The Effect, Plates and Plays

Mar 25, 2018 Plates & Plays had nine members attend a recent play, "The Effect" by Lucy Prebbles at Dobama Theater. The plot turns on a clinical trial of a dopamine enhancing drug and the attraction between two young subjects. The playwright presented an intriguing look at the mind/body connection and what is "real" when chemically induced emotions are challenged. Clever use of technology ties the medical aspect of the clinical trial to the emotional roller coaster of the young subjects. Strong performances by the four characters in this double drama keep the audience intrigued.

Lost in Yonkers, Plates and Plays

Feb 5, 2018 Who knew it would be so delightful to get "Lost in Yonkers?" Neil Simon and a strong cast at Western Reserve Playhouse took us back to the 1940s to see a family face a challenging time and their own frailties. With humor and empathy, we experienced the adolescent woes of two boys left to the not so tender mercies of their domineering grandmother and their loving but emotionally damaged Aunt Bella. Exceptionally strong performances by the two leading ladies were the pivotal forces driving this gentle but powerful examination of a family struggling with their need for each other and the damage they can do. Twenty-three theater lovers enjoyed a good meal and lots of conversation before the show. Expand your theater horizons and join us!

Lunch at Burntwood Tavern Cuyahoga Falls and Doubt, A Parable in Canton

Jan 28, 2018 The second Plates & Plays began with lunch, at Burntwood Tavern Cuyahoga Falls and then moved to the 2:00 PM presentation of Doubt at the Players Guild Theater.

Young Frankenstein & Papa Joes

Oct 20, 2017 The first Plates & Plays experience was a rousing success with dinner at Papa Joe's in Merriman Valley. There was just a short drive from there to Weathervane Playhouse where an enthusiastic cast presented a delightful "Young Frankenstein". This was classic Mel Brooks comedy. The talented cast sang and danced their way through the making of a monster who of course proves himself a terrific guy in the end. Check the Plates & Plays schedule and join us.
Summit StageFest 2017

Summit StageFest 2017

Jun 3, 2017 StageFest brought together over a dozen theater groups from Ohio for a day of live performances.
Summit StageFest 2017

Summit StageFest 2017 Details

Jun 3, 2017

Summit StageFest brought together over a dozen theater groups from Northeast Ohio for a day of live performances, art, and food. This new festival took place in the heart of Akron’s eclectic Highland Square neighborhood.