What's On: Upcoming Shows in Cleveland and Akron - Oct 2012


Dobama Theatre presents A BRIGHT NEW BOISE from October 26th to November 18th. Performances run Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2:30pm.

In the bleak, corporate break room of a craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning The Rapture. Will, a disgraced Evangelical who has fled his rural hometown, comes to the Hobby Lobby not only for employment, but also to rekindle a relationship with Alex, his brooding teenage son whom he gave up for adoption several years ago. He joins the ranks of the blue-vested employees, a comedic set of misfits struggling to find their way.

Tickets are $21 or $26, depending on performance day. Discounts are available to seniors and students. Purchase tickets online dobama.ticketleap.com or by calling the box office at 216.932.3396. The Dobama Theatre is located at 2340 Lee Road, adjacent to the Cleveland Heights/University Heights Library.


The first national tour of ANYTHING GOES sets sail at Playhouse Square for two weeks of performances from October 2nd to 14th. Evening shows are at 7:30pm and matinee shows are at 1pm or 1:30pm. Post-show chats with cast members are scheduled for October 4th and 11th.

When the S.S. America heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love … proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. Peppering this timeless classic are some of musical theater's most memorable standards, including "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," and of course, "ANYTHING GOES."

ANYTHING GOES is part of PlayhouseSquare's Smart Seats program. Tickets range from $10 to $75,00. Purchase tickets online at www.playhousesquare.org or by calling the box office at 216.241.6000. The Palace theatre is located at 1615 Euclid Avenue, in the heart of Cleveland's theatre district.


Karamu House presents THE COLOR PURPLE, based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, from October 5th to 28th at the Jelliffe Theatre. Performances run Thursdays to Sundays, with an evening showtime of 8pm and a matinee showtime of 3pm.

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.

Tickets range from $20 to $40, with discounts for students and seniors. Purchase tickets online at karamuhouse.org/tour-ticket.php?id=11 or by calling the box office at 216.795.7077. The Arena Theatre is located at 2355 East 89th Street in the Karamu Performing Arts Center.


Great Lakes Theater's second fall repertory offering is THE IMAGINARY INVALID, running October 13th to November 3rd. Evening and matinee performances are available and the Hanna Theatre is open 90 minutes prior to each performance to allow guests to view final show preparations.

The wealthy Argan is a housebound hypochondriac who fears he's contracted every disease imaginable. Unfortunately, a pack of quacks is more than happy to (mis)treat him. Can Argan find the cure for what ails him, and bankroll his medical bills by marrying his daughter to a doctor? The answer will leave you … in stitches. Infused with 60s pop culture and original music, this madcap makeover of Molière's comic classic is just what the doctor ordered!

Tickets range from $15 to $70. Purchase tickets online at www.greatlakestheater.org or through The PlayhouseSquare box office at 216.241.6000. The Hanna Theatre is located at 2047 E. 14th Street, in downtown Cleveland.


Cleveland playwright Eric Schmiedl premieres his latest work, THE KARDIAC KID, at Cleveland Public Theatre's Storefront Studio from October 4th to 20th. Performances run Monday and Thursday to Saturday, all at 7pm.

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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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