Cleveland Play House is turning to a 60-year-old comedy for its next production at the Allen Theatre.
"Bell, Book and Candle" predates "Bewitched" by about 15 years, but it has more than few similarities as it tells the story of Gillian, a smart, independent and beautiful woman who also happens to be a witch, surrounded by eccentric aunts, warlock brothers and a supernatural cat. When she decides to cast a spell on her handsome young neighbor, her life is turned upside down. It was written by John van Druten, whose other plays include "I Remember Mama" and "I Am a Camera," the basis for the musical "Cabaret."
According to Cleveland Play House Artistic Director Michael Bloom, "This is one of those classic comedies that is just as fresh now as when it was written. I believe 'Bell, Book and Candle' is wildly underestimated, and nothing makes me happier than introducing undiscovered gems to our audiences."
Bloom is directing the production, which stars Eric Martin Brown, Georgia Cohen, Patricia Kilgarriff, Marc Moritz and Jeremy Webb.
"Bell, Book and Candle" runs Friday through Feb. 3 at Playhouse Square's Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Show times are 7 p.m. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $49 to $69 for adults and $15 for students and are available at the www.clevelandplayhouse.com and by calling 216-241-6000.