Dobama Theatre opens season with a love story

Dobama Theatre is off to a strong start in its 2016–17 season, leading with The Mystery of Love & Sex, written by Bathsheba Doran and directed by Shannon Sindelar. Dobama’s theme this season is identity, and Doran’s play is the perfect example of the meaning and importance of identity.

The play focuses primarily on two characters, Charlotte and Jonny, best friends since they were 9 years old. They have identifiable differences, however. Charlotte is white and Jewish; Jonny is black and Christian. These differences strengthen their connection . . . until love and sex complicate things in surprising and compelling ways.

The play, a love story about the consequences of growing up, spans five years and is filled with twists and wry wisdom. The production features Wesley Allen, Heather Anderson Boll, Tess Burgler and Scott Miller.

Performances of The Mystery of Love & Sex begin on Sept. 2 and run through Oct. 2. The season continues with four more regional premieres: An Octoroon, The Night Alive, The Flick and Hand to God.

Dobama’s holiday hit from last year—Peter and the Starcatcher—returns for an encore production.

For more information and to purchase tickets for any and all of this season’s productions, go to or call the box office at 216-932-3396. Dobama Theatre is located at 2340 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights.

Owen Schneider

Owen Schneider is a marketing intern at Dobama Theatre.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 12:06 PM, 09.01.2016