Why? If/Then!

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Last night, I met up with some of my fellow Playhouse Square Partners board members, along with some of our Jump Back Ball sponsors, for a reception followed by a performance of “If/Then.”

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I’ll start by saying that “If/Then” is not generally my type of musical. I like the big 1940’s-type shows. Realism be damned. Give me a showy dance number, sparkly costumes, and some beautiful ballads. So, when I found myself with tears in my eyes during the opening number of “If/Then,” I was surprised.

Without revealing too much, the show takes you on a journey with Liz/Beth as she reinvents her life and considers which of two competing paths her life will take. The show is funny and real and sad and beautiful. And it’s definitely for an adult audience. (There’s a song in the show called “WTF,” but not just the initials. It’s perhaps my new theme song.)

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Perhaps it’s being at an age close to that of the main character or finding a lot of truth in some of her musings, but I found myself crying two more times throughout the show and laughing out loud an equal amount. “If/Then” is not only a fabulous show, but it took me by surprise. I didn’t expect to love it and it’s certainly making me rethink what type of musical is “my type.” There’s so much truth and beauty we can find in theater, especially when we allow ourselves to step outside our comfort zone.

“If/Then” runs through Sunday, February 21 at the Connor Palace Theatre and tickets range from $10-$100. And Anthony Rapp, who originated the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of “Rent” is part of the Cleveland cast! For a moving, true, beautiful night of theater that will make you laugh, cry, and think about your own life, don’t miss “If/Then!”

***Disclosure: I am the co-chair of the Playhouse Square Partners Education Committee. I was invited to attend the Jump Back Ball sponsor reception as part of my position on the board and, as part of the reception, received 1 complimentary ticket to “If/Then.” My choice to blog about this event and all opinions are 100% my own.***

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2 Responses

  1. I was SO excited to see Anthony Rapp IRL. He was great, but that voice will always be Mark Cohen’s to me. I didn’t love the first half of the show, honestly, but I loved the second half & cried through much of it. Definitely worth those $10 tickets! Looking forward to making it back to Playhouse Square soon. I have tickets to Matilda but would like to find something to attend even sooner!

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