Don't just hunker down during Cleveland's upcoming season of discontent and snow, support the local theatres. BTW…tickets or gift cards to local theatres make great holiday presents!
Cleveland Play House
216-241-6000 or go to www.clevelandplayhouse.com
January 11-February 3
BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE
A classic comedy in which a beautiful and sexy witch, who is frustrated by a lack of romance in her life, is smitten by her handsome neighbor.
February 15-March 10
THE DEVIL'S MUSIC: THE LIFE AND BLUES OF Bessie Smith
This soulful musical takes place in a private parlor in Memphis, circa 1930, where sexy and sassy Bessie Smith takes center stage.
February 27-March 9
(A CPH/CWRU MFA Acting program production)
Asks, "who am I" by examining seven lives filtered through the ideas of August Strindberg.
March 22-April 14
Margie Walsh, in this funny 2011 Tony nominee, wants to escape from Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo and lots of beer. She may have found her exit route when an old flame, now a big success, comes back.
April 19-May 22
A take on THE HEIRESS, this comedy about women and their relationships finds a sheltered girl falling in love with a starving artist, but, her mother, doesn't approve.
216-932-3396 or dobama.org
December 7 - January 6
A drama concerning 21 year-old Leon, who comes to his feisty, 91 year-old grandmother (portrayed by Dorothy Silver, the Grande dame of Cleveland Theatre) for solace. In a single month they infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other.
February 22-March 17
SONS OF THE PROPHET
In this comedy/tragedy, Joseph, a distant relative of Kahlil Gibran, author of THE PROPHET, desperately tries to keep his Pennsylvania Lebanese-American family from breaking apart.
216-241-6000 or go to www.playhousesquare.org.
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT
An outrageous tune-filled musical which tells the story of a trio of uninhibited friends who find themselves on a battered old bus in the middle of the Australian outback.
YOU SAY TOMATO, I SAY SHUT UP, A LOVE STORY
Real life partners/actors/comedians/writers probe what happens when two people in a thirteen-year marriage suddenly decide that "we're just not that into us." (Not recommended for children.)
A return visit of the 25th anniversary production of the legendary smash musical based on the Victor Hugo novel.
THE BLUE MAN GROUP
The wildly popular show, appropriate for all ages, combines makeup, comedy, music and technology.
February 22-March 22
JOSHUA SETH'S BEYOND BELIEF
Award winning Joshua Seth returns for a one-man show, called "amazingly captivating," featuring laughter, mind-reading and magic.
A musical based on the movie SISTER ACT, tells the story of a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and hides out in a convent!
The amazingly staged World War I story of a horse, a boy and the meaning of loyalty. A must see experience! The puppetry and special effects are breathtaking.
216-521-2540 or http://www.beckcenter.org
December 7 - January 6
The comic book inspired musical of a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find the parents who abandoned her on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage.
March 1-April 21
NEXT TO NORMAL
The Tony Award-winning pop rock musical that examines a suburban family dealing with the traumatic effects of mental illness.
March 22-April 21
THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES
John Guare's Drama Critics' and Obie Award winning play about an aspiring songwriter who wants to escape the life he despises and pursue a musical career.