This intimate and often humorous portrayal of the man who defined ”inspiration” explores the legendary coach through his relationships with those closest to him: his steadfast wife and his dedicated players, and a determined young reporter who attempts to peel away the façade to show what made Lombardi football’s eternal “Coach.”

Content Advisory: Recommended for ages 10 and up. Contains strong language.

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Lombardi

September 16 - October 3, Allen Theatre

written by Eric Simonson
based on the biography "When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi" by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss

directed by Casey Stangl

Runtime:
Act I: 55 minutes
Intermission: 15 minutes
Act II: 40 minutes
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Total Run Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

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Play Video Bob Ari as the legendary Green Bay Packers coach in the Cleveland Play House production of Bob Ari as the legendary Green Bay Packers coach in the Cleveland Play House production of Bob Ari as the legendary Green Bay Packers coach in the Cleveland Play House production of Coach Lombardi (Bob Ari) teaches his team the running play he believes will make the Green Bay Packers tough to beat in the Cleveland Play House production of Vince Lombardi (left, bob Ari) and his wife Marie (DeeDee Rescher) consider his job offer to coach the Green Bay Packers in the Cleveland Play House production of Legendary players on the 1965 Green Bay Packers team Dave Robinson (left, William Oliver Watkins), Jim Taylor (David Hardie) and Paul Hornung (Branton Box) in the Cleveland Play House production of Marie Lombardi (right, DeeDee Rescher) shares a story with a young reporter (Nick Mills) writing about her husband in the Cleveland Play House production of Green Bay Packers halfback Paul Hornung (left, Branton Box) tells an animated story about his coach to an eager young reporter (Nick Mills) in the Cleveland Play House production of A young reporter (left, Nick Mills) meets Coach Lombardi (Bob Ari) and his wife Marie (DeeDee Rescher)in their home in the Cleveland Play House production of Michael (right, Nick Mills) is a young reporter with sideline access to Coach Lombardi (Bob Ari) in the Cleveland Play House production of Green Bay Packers fullback Jim Taylor (right, David Hardie) gets a lecture from Coach Lombardi (Bob Ari) in the Cleveland Play House production of Coach Lombardi (Bob Ari) watches practice with intensity in the Cleveland Play House production of Green Bay Packers halfback Paul Hornung (right, Branton Box) gets an off-field lecture from Coach Lombardi (Bob Ari)in the Cleveland Play House production of Vince Lombardi (right, Bob Ari) opens up to a young reporter (Nick Mills) who is writing about him in the Cleveland Play House production of Coach Lombardi (left, Bob Ari) reacts to fullback Jim Taylor (David Hardie) while discussing the player’s contract in the Cleveland Play House production of Michael (right, Nick Mills) takes Vince Lombardi (Bob Ari)by surprise when he shares his passion for writing in the Cleveland Play House production of Bob Ari as the legendary Green Bay Packers coach in the Cleveland Play House production of Michael(left, Nick Mills), a young reporter assigned to write about Vince Lombardi (Bob Ari), makes a good first impression with the coach and his wife (DeeDee Rescher) in the Cleveland Play House production of Michael (right, Nick Mills) and Vince Lombardi (Bob Ari) argue over a pending magazine article in the Cleveland Play House production of DeeDee Rescher as Marie Lombardi in the Cleveland Play House production of Bob Ari as the legendary Green Bay Packers coach in the Cleveland Play House production of
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This is a production everyone will love - not just football fans, though they will more really enjoy it. This is an entertaining story about personal interaction, ambition and dedication to one's craft. It is really worth seeing and I highly recommend it!

- Dave, Chagrin Falls

Great show, true to life story of the man. Good acting and staging. more Good for all folks whether they like football or not!

- Robert Mancuso, Cleveland

The play brought back lots of memories of the Lombardi era, with Vince and Marie more Lombardi, Paul Hornung, and others from the Green Bay Packer family. The Allen Theatre has no bad seats, so the balcony was a fine place to watch and listen. The cast was excellent in their depictions of the characters.

- William Shanklin, Aurora, Oh

Excellent play! The story held my interest, even though I am not a big fan more of football. The acting was amazing. Football fans in the audience loved it, too. Well worth seeing.

- BRB, Beachwood, OH

Excellent production. All performances very good especially Lombardi and his wife. Will recommend to others. more

- lws, University Hts.

I know nothing about football, but LOMBARDI held my attention from start to finish. I more thought of my brother, a regular guy from a small Missouri town. I'd take him without a moment's hesitation. An extremely well-crafted piece of intelligent theater.

- Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

As always, another very fine performance. We count on Cleveland Play House to provide more good theater and have yet to be disappointed. The 3 leads in "Lombardi" were just great. thanks for providing such first rate entertainment to all attendees. Beth

- Beth & Earl Bohn, Cleveland,OH

You don't need to be a football fan to enjoy LOMBARDI.

- ABC News, New York

Lombardi started the season off on a strong note. It was easily watched by more both sports fans and non-sports fans alike. The play reminded me of the great years Vince Lombardi had as a coach, but also humanized his story. I thought his wife, Marie, was the best character in the play. It was very well done.

- Larry Holstein, Moreland Hills

Both my husband and I enjoyed the show very much. All the cast did more a great job and the Allen Theatre is a wonderful jewel in our city and especially as the new venue for Cleveland Play House.

- Allison Knowles, Strongsville

The play was a very good portrayal of the coach, his wife, and several of more the Green Bay Packers. After the show, the playback from all the actors was a major plus.













- F. P. G. , North Ridgeville

Great show. Thoroughly enjoyed it. It tells us a lot about what it takes to more achieve excellence - drive, single-mindedness, and sacrificing many other aspects of one's life. A difficult lesson to learn.

- BJ, Akron

"Lombardi" the play was very reflective of Lombardi the man. I enjoyed this excellent more story about his life. What a great cast, excellent writing, and fun way to present it.





- Jan, Chardon

A Fantastic Production!

- The Star-Ledger, New York

great show, the man that played Lombardi was wonderful---the whole cast did a great job
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neither of us are particularly interested in football but the show was great!---glad we saw it

- Vicki & Bob Curtis, Mentor

Both my wife and I really enjoyed the show, but for different reasons. I more was a Packer fan as a kid in Wisconsin, when Lombardi was coaching there and I loved the insights from this play into the football mind of the man. My wife was very taken with the interaction between the coach, consumed by his job, and how he related to his family and all those husband/wife dynamics. Great show!

- ADS, Westlake, OH

LOMBARDI is theatrical catnip for husbands and boyfriends otherwise reluctant to see most Broadway shows: more Football! Vince Lombardi! The legendary Packers!

- The Associate Press, New York

Very well done. Interesting to both football fans and non-fans. Kind of a window more into the 60's. It makes Lombardi come alive as a human. The "Lombardi Trophy" will always mean a bit more to everyone who sees it.

- WWH, Chagrin Falls

Lombardi was a great show. Although I am not a football fan


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I thoroughly enjoyed the play. It was a heartwarming story of a













Man who was a tough coach but a caring, spiritual person.













The cast was outstanding. A great way to start the new season.

- Jackie spieler, Aurora, Ohio

LOMBARDI Scores!

- NY-1 & NY Daily News, New York

Delightful and thoughtful. Excellent production.

- EM, South Euclid

EXCELLENT!! What great insight into a legend, a Football icon.......wonderful on so many levels. A more must see for any fan.

- JDP, Chagrin Falls

Loved it! And I'm not even into football...







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Take an extra sweater, tho, as the Allen Theatre is a bit chilly.

- Meg Conti, Olmsted Falls

Reinforces how lonely it can be at the top when your spouse is a more "larger than life" celebrity. It's not all glitter as some may think.











































"Shut up Marie", says it all !!!!











































A very worthwhile production.

- Lita Powell, patron/subscriber, Hinckley, Ohio

The acting in Lombardi was excellent, and staging was done well, but the play itself more needed something. It didn't seem to go anywhere.

- cmhteach, Middleburg Hts.


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This is a production everyone will love - not just football fans, though they...

- Dave, Chagrin Falls

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