Schloss subject of local play and possible Oscar nominee

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

l Youngstown playwright J.E. Ballantyne Jr. is bringing back his drama “Images: Remembrances of the Holocaust — The Eva Schloss Story” for a three-performance run next month at the Youngstown Playhouse.

There’s a good chance the subject of the play also will be the subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary short by the time the show returns.

The play tells the story of the holocaust survivor (and stepsister of Anne Frank), including her childhood, her time spent hiding from the Nazis, life in Auschwitz after being captured and the liberation of the concentration camps and her life as Holocaust survivor.

Schloss also is the subject of “116 Cameras,” a documentary created by the New York Times that chronicles the process of filming Schloss to create an interactive hologram that will be able converse with people about the Holocaust long after her death. It’s one of 10 documentaries on the short list for consideration for an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Short Subject. Five of those 10 films will be among the nominees announced on Tuesday.

Tari Lyn Bergoine will play Schloss when “Images” is staged at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 and 3 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Playhouse (Molly Galano played her when the show premiered there in 2016). Tickets are on sale now.

l Add Jack White to the list of performers using Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan system to try to keep concert tickets out of the hands of scalpers.

White announced this week a tour in support of his upcoming album “Boarding House Reach” that will include a June 6 concert at Cleveland’s Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. Fans have until midnight Friday to register at Those who are approved will get a code that gives them access to ticket presales before the public onsale date of 10 a.m. Jan. 26.

All tickets purchased include a CD copy of the new album, and fans can upgrade to get a vinyl copy of the record.

The Dave Matthews Band has been using its own system to thwart scalpers for years. Members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association can get tickets now for the band’s 2018 tour, which includes concerts on June 1 at KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pa., and June 2 at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Feb. 2. And, like White, all tickets purchased by May 17 will include a digital or CD copy of DMB’s upcoming album.

l I bought my older daughter tickets for Christmas to see comedian John Mulaney in Cleveland last weekend. Of course the show coincided with last Friday’s snowpocalypse, which left the following dilemma — drive home from a 10 p.m. show and face certain death, write off the money spent on the tickets as an unavoidable loss or go up early, get a hotel room and avoid the brunt of the storm?

We chose option three and had just settled into the hotel (after a feast of a lunch at Michael Symon’s Mabel’s BBQ) when I got an email saying Mulaney was trapped in New York and the show was postponed. The room was nonrefundable and the roads were getting worse, so we stayed and made the best of it.

We even found laughs from the improv troupe Last Call Cleveland, featuring Newton Falls native Mike Polk Jr. (a regular on FOX 8’s “The Rizzo Show” and known for such viral videos as the “Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video”).

The premise of its latest show, “Last Call Cleveland Goes Hollywood” is that the entertainment world is in shambles with every male star being blackballed for their sexual improprieties. That means there’s an opening for less-talented, less-attractive guys to find success in movies and television, and the Last Call Cleveland guys are just the ones to fill it.

The loose storyline lets the lets the troupe mix new material with a few greatest hits. And while the mood was dampened a bit by the small crowd, the wit and snark of the gang rescued what could have been a wasted evening.

“Last Call Cleveland Goes Hollywood” continues at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Outcalt. Tickets are $18.

Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at