Accessibility Services

The cast of Altar Boyz, 2007. Photo by Sandy Underwood.

A Playhouse for Everyone

The Playhouse is for everyone, and we recognize that some of our patrons may have special needs. We offer several services to these patrons including:

• Infrared sound enhancement systems for the hearing impaired
• Large print programs
• Wheelchair accessibility to both theatres and all public areas
• Audio described and signed performances

Funding for this program is provided by:
The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation and Bartlett & Co.

Accessibility Programs

Audio-Described Performances

The Playhouse was the first theatre in Ohio to offer regularly scheduled audio description for the visually impaired. Trained volunteers describe the visual elements of the production via a closed-circuit receiver that is approximately the size of a deck of cards and fits in a jacket pocket or on the lap. A small earpiece fits into one ear, allowing patrons to hear dialogue, music and other sound effects. The description is timed to avoid interfering with dialogue. Before the show and during intermission, show and actor information are shared.

This service is free and generally is offered on the third Saturday of each production in the Marx Theatre. A receiver, and instruction in its use, can be found at the Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation patron services booth in the Rosenthal Plaza.

2016-17 Audio-Described Performances

A Prayer for Owen Meany – Saturday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m.
August Wilson's Jitney – Saturday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m.
U.S. Bank presents A Christmas Carol – Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m.
Little Shop of Horrors – Saturday, Feb. 11, at 4 p.m.
Jane Eyre – Saturday, April 1, at 4 p.m.
Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery – Saturday, May 13, at 4 p.m.

Subscriptions for the audio-described series are also available.

Signed Performances

Each Marx Theatre production is signed on the third Sunday of the show's run. Funding for this program is made possible by Bartlett & Co.

2016-17 Signed Performances

A Prayer for Owen Meany – Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m.
August Wilson's Jitney – Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m.
U.S. Bank presents A Christmas Carol – Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m.
Little Shop of Horrors – Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m.
Jane Eyre – Sunday, April 2, at 2 p.m.
Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery – Sunday, May 14, at 2 p.m.

Subscriptions for the signed performance series are also available.

Hearing Enhancement System

The volume of any performance can be raised thanks to Telex infrared assisted listening systems provided by the Playhouse. The service is free and uses the same technology used for audio description in both of our theatres. Receivers can be picked up in the Marx lobby prior to curtain.

Accessible Parking

Parking for those with disabilities is located in front of the main entrance, as well as in the Playhouse parking garage. Parking for persons with disabilities is limited and must be reserved and paid for in advance. All vehicles using these spaces must display a valid disability placard. Wheelchair seating in the theatres is subject to availability and should be requested at the time of ticket reservation.

Large Print Programs

Large print programs are available upon request from ushers in both theatres.

Facility Accessibility

The Playhouse is fully equipped to accommodate patrons with mobility impairments in both theatres. A curbside drop-off area offers direct access to the street level Box Office, lobby and elevator to the theatre level.



TOLL FREE (OH, KY & IN only)

Telecommunication Device for the Deaf


Monday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Box Office closing hours may vary based on performance schedule.

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