'What's On' - Upcoming Shows in Cleveland and Akron - 2/1 to 2/29


Actors' Summit presents the world premiere of Eric Coble's A GIRL'S GUIDE TO COFFEE at Greystone Hall from February 23rd to March 11th. Evening performances are Thursday to Saturday at 8pm with 2pm matinees on Sunday.

Coffee, from the ubiquitous Starbucks to the neighborhood shop, has become a defining commodity for a generation. Half-caff macchiato with chocolate shavings and whipped cream has become as common as "burger and fries." A barista, whose creations elevate the humble beam to hitherto unknown heights, carves a path for herself from college to whatever comes next.

Tickets range from $19 to $30 for adults and are $9 for students (with a valid ID). Purchase tickets online at www.actorssummit.org/tickets.htm or by calling the box office at 330.374.7568. The theatre is located on the sixth floor of Greystone Hall, located in downtown Akron across from the John S. Knight Center.

The second U.S. production of ANTEBELLUM will be produced by the Cleveland Public Theatre for eleven performances between February 23rd and March 10th. Performances are at 7:30pm on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays.

ANTEBELLUM unfolds against the backdrop of a southern plantation, a German concentration camp, the Atlanta premiere of "Gone With the Wind" and the cabarets of 1930s Berlin. Two seemingly unrelated stories reveal a love affair between two men that bridges time, space and gender. Through juxtaposed realities of Nazi cruelty and Hollywood dreams, this sweeping romance challenges race, religion and discrimination on both sides of the Atlantic.

Tickets are $25, with a $3 discount for students and seniors. Tickets to Monday and Thursday performances are only $10. Purchase tickets online at www.cptonline.org/cleveland-public-theater-box-office.php or by calling the box office at 216.631.2727, ext. 501. The Gordon Square Theatre is located in Cleveland's near west side at 6415 Detroit Avenue, just minutes from downtown.

Lakeland Community College will be performing the classic Sondheim/Laurents musical ANYONE CAN WHISTLE as their spring semester production. Running weekends from February 3rd to 19th at Lakeland's Performing Arts Center, the Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm and Sunday performances are at 2pm.

The Mayoress has led her town into glorious bankruptcy. To save the town she gains help from her merry band of corrupt city workers and politicians to create a miracle she hopes will attract paying tourists. Unfortunately for her, the inmates of the local asylum escape and mix with the tourists rushing into town. A doctor named Hapgood surfaces and claims to have the ability to identify the inmates from the normal members of society. Nurse Apple, who let the inmates escape by accident, reappears as an out-of-town consultant. Hapgood and Apple hook up – maybe.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 440.525.7134. The Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of Lakeland Community College in Kirtland.

THE BLUEST EYE will be presented by Karamu Performing Arts Theatre from February 3rd to 26th. Evening performances (Thursday to Saturday) are at 8pm and matinee performances (Sunday) are at 3pm.

Adapted from Toni Morrison's novel by Lydia Diamond, THE BLUEST EYE is a story about the tragic life of a young black girl in 1940s Ohio. Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove wants nothing more than to be loved by her family and schoolmates. Instead, she faces constant ridicule and abuse. She blames her dark skin and prays for blue eyes, sure that love will follow.

Tickets range from $10 to $25, with discounts for students and seniors. Purchase tickets online at www.karamuhouse.org/tour-ticket.php?id=2 or by calling the box office at 216.795.7077. Several performances have already been sold out. The Arena Theatre is located at 2355 East 89th Street in the Karamu Performing Arts Center.

The national tour of THE COLOR PURPLE stops at Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall for two performances only. The curtain rises at 7:30pm on Friday, February 3rd and at 8pm on Saturday, February 4th.

THE COLOR PURPPLE is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who – through love – finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. Set to a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life.

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Vicky Croisant Vicky is living her dream working as a zookeeper, spending her days with penguins, lions, tigers and bears (oh my!). Theatre has always been an interest of hers, but ever since moving to Ohio in 2003 it's become a true passion. Downtown Cleveland – the largest theatre district outside of Manhattan – is a frequent stomping ground. She sees as many touring, local, regional and orchestral productions as she can and is always looking to broaden her theatrical horizons. When not outside at the zoo or inside a theatre, Vicky enjoys photography, bird watching and knitting.

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