Cleveland Public Theatre premieres new play by CH's Eric Coble

Cleveland Public Theatre’s (CPT) world premiere production of “The Family Claxon,” a new play by Cleveland Heights resident Eric Coble, is currently underway at CPT’s Gordon Square Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave. CPT's production will run through Oct. 28.

“ ‘The Family Claxon’ is my first foray into true absurdist comedy,” stated Coble, “waving a not-so-fond farewell to reality even as I dig into greater, more disturbing truths beneath.”

As the play unfolds, Andrew is throwing a party for Grandad Claxon’s 150th birthday in a last-ditch effort to get the higher-ups to notice him. His plan for promotion might just work, as Grandad is the company’s founding father. If only Andrew’s wife would stop losing jobs and their daughter would stop blogging, while neighbors desperately flood into their home because of nearby rampages and plumbing explosions. And then there’s the Guatemalan Flu, that makes house pets spontaneously combust . . . .

The New York Times has called Coble’s work “hilariously funny.” Coble’s play “The Velocity of Autumn” had a Broadway run in 2014, in a production that starred Estelle Parsons.

"Everyone in the Cleveland theater world knows who Eric Coble is,” said Raymond Bobgan, CPT’s executive artistic director. “His work is produced at theaters all over the city, and nationally and internationally, because he's really good at what he does—and it's genuinely great to work with him. But for Eric to work at Cleveland Public Theatre requires something special. We are Cleveland’s cutting-edge theater so it had to be outside the mainstream. Cleveland Public Theatre is super excited to be working with Eric, once again, on a play we feel is edgy and cool, and speaks to this time in an unconventional way."

Previews of “The Family Claxon” began on Oct. 5, and continue on Oct. 12. The play will run through Oct. 28, with performances on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday nights, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12–30. Students and senior receive $3 off on Friday and Saturday nights. All Thursday and Monday tickets are $12. Tickets for the Oct. 12 preview performance are $20.

To purchase tickets, visit or call the CPT box office at 216-631-2727, ext. 501.

Kim Sergio Inglis

Kim Sergio Inglis is editor-in-chief of the Heights Observer. She lives in the Shaker Farm Historic District in Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 11:30 AM, 10.09.2017