Nothing says Baby be mine like an evening of evocative dance from Cleveland's own Verb Ballets. Their latest spectacle, Open Your Imagination, features four programs ranging from a world premiere ("Breath" by artist-in-residence Terence Greene) to a vintage master work (Alwin Nikolais' "Noumenon Mobilus," pictured). It all happens at 8 p.m. Friday, February 11, at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts, at 2008 West 30th Street (on the campus of St. Ignatius High School) in Ohio City. Tickets range from $10 for students to $28 ("preferred seating"). Looking to up the romantic ante? Dinner & ballet packages with Flying Fig are available for $85 per person. Call 216-397-3757 or visit verbballets.org. — Erich Burnett
And Her Hair Went With Her: Set inside a beauty parlor, this comedy by Zina Camblin highlights the many intricacies of black women's lives. Through February 20 at Karamu, 2355 East 89th St. Tickets are $10-$25 at 216-795-7077 or at karamuhouse.org.
Assassins: An Emmy Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim, Assassins brings together a gallery of presidential assassins and would-be assassins in an utterly idiosyncratic examination of success, failure, and the quest for power and fame in contemporary America. For mature audiences. Through February 20 at Lakeland Civic Theater, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland. Tickets are $7 to $15 at 440-525-7526. For details, go to lakelandcc.edu.
Flanagan's Wake: A zany blend of written dialogue and improvised laughs, this interactive show transforms the audience into guests at Flanagan's wake in the fictional Irish village of Grapplin. Through April 30 at Playhouse Square's Kennedy's Theatre (beneath the Ohio Theatre lobby), 1511 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $20-$23. Learn more by calling 216-241-6000 or visit playhousesquare.org.
Free Man of Color: An historical drama presented by Ensemble Theatre in collaboration with Notre Dame College Performing Arts Center, Free Man of Color tells the true story of John Newton Templeton, Ohio's first African American college graduate in 1828. Performances February 10 through 27 at 1857 South Green Rd. in South Euclid. Tickets are $20, less for students and seniors. Call 216-321-2930 or purchase online at www.ensemble-theatre.org.
South Pacific: Performed by the Lincoln Center Theater's national touring company and directed by Tony-award winning Bartlett Sher, this lavish production features a cast of 34 and the largest orchestra of any touring Broadway show in the country. With such iconic tunage as "Some Enchanted Evening" and "Bali Ha'i," South Pacific is widely considered the best Broadway musical ever written. Through February 13 at the Palace Theatre, 1511 Euclid Ave. downtown. Tickets start at $10 at 216-241-6000 or online at playhousesquare.org.
The Trip to Bountiful: Director Timothy Douglas brings a new twist to Horton Foote's touching meditation on the notion of home and its power to sustain us: an African American cast starring veteran Broadway actress Lizan Mitchell in the lead role of Carrie Watts. Through February 27 at the Cleveland Play House, 8500 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $46 to $66, with discounts for seniors and students. Order by calling 216-795-7000 or go to clevelandplayhouse.com.
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