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Plates & Plays

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 now at https://partnersfortheater.org/support

News

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.