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WEEKENDER / Entertainment

September 28, 2012

‘Lombardi’ hits home with football fans, those who aren’t

A REVIEW

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CLEVELAND —

Bob Ari, recently seen as artist Mark Rothko in the Play House production of “Red,” is once again on the Cleveland stage as the title character in Lombardi. Ari got to the very soul of Vince Lombardi with his interpretation of the coach who went to Mass every morning, quoted St. Paul’s letters to the Corinthians, and was filled with determination, tradition, a big voice and an unmatched desire to have those under his tutelage be successful.

Though football aficionados will relish sitting through this production, those who are not so into the pigskin sport could and probably would enjoy seeing the show. It seems that football is with us as a major sport and a hefty boost to local economies on game days. It makes sense to learn about that part of history that stays with us from August through Super Bowl Sunday. So far this season, Cleveland Play House has a record of 1 – 0. Go team!

Vince and the Packers will be at Cleveland Play House in PlayhouseSquare in downtown Cleveland through Oct. 7. Single tickets may be ordered at 216-241-6000. Teams (groups) of 10 or more should call 216-400-7027. Ticket prices range from $49 to $69 and the cost for students under 25 with ID is $15. Tickets may also be secured at www.clevelandplayhouse.com .

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