Jane Austen fans are notoriously prickly when it comes to sundry theater folk messin' with their gal. The latest production of Pride and Prejudice, opening Friday at Lakeland Theatre, apparently earned their hard-won approval. "I had to get this adaptation vetted from the Jane Austen Society," says director Martin Friedman. "They wanted to make sure the adaptation was true to the literary work. They're really passionate . . . and sorta scary." The romance at the heart of the story remains intact, says Friedman, and it bears a timelessness that endures after nearly two centuries of adaptations. "This isn't done in a modern way," he says. "There's no nudity in it. There's no rock-and-roll music to set it off. It's a straight-on production that captures the story." Pride and Prejudice is at Lakeland Theatre (7700 Clocktower Drive in Kirtland) Friday through October 31. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12, $10 for students; call 440-525-7034. -- Michael Gallucci
Paulie, Vinnie, and their Brooklyn gang hit pay dirt when they take their Rat Pack-style Mambo Italiano act to the Vegas strip. The musical is at the Cleveland Play House (8500 Euclid Avenue) Saturday through October 30. Show times are 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20 to $30, available by calling 216-795-7000. -- Cris Glaser
Boston trio Karate can trace its roots to Washington, D.C.'s art-rock scene (frontman Geoff Farina was in Secret Stars). These days, it blends jazz and punk on its new CD, Pockets. Karate is at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Road) at 9 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $8; call 216-383-1124. -- Michael Gallucci
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