Circle Mirror Transformation
Adult education meets group therapy in this dark comedy by young New York playwright Annie Baker. It follows five small-town Vermonters who discover more about themselves than they had bargained for after enrolling in a community acting class. The play was the hit of the 2009 off-Broadway season, earning an Obie Award for Best New American Play and an Outstanding Play nomination by the Drama Desk Awards. Dobama's production is directed by Juliette Regnier and features Molly Cornwell, Bob Ellis, Joe Milan, Leighann Niles DeLorenzo, and Allison Bencar in a beautifully crafted diorama that aims to reveal — in hilarious detail — the antic sadness of a motley quintet. Performances continue through May 15 at 2340 Lee Rd. in Cleveland Heights. Tickets are $10 to $25 at 216-932-3396 or online at dobama.org. — Elaine T. Cicora
A Jew Grows in Brooklyn: Writer, actor, and comedian Jake Ehrenreich's autobiographical musical tells the story of the son of Holocaust survivors who wants nothing more than a slice of the American dream. Videos, photos, and a live band keep it from becoming just another coming-of-age tale. The New York Times called its story "funny ... touching ... and beautiful." Through May 1 at the Hanna Theatre, 2067 East 14th St. Tickets are $10-$42.50; order at playhousesquare.org or call 216-241-6000.
Company: Presented by the Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory, Stephen Sondheim's ground-breaking musical about a commitment-phobic bachelor was originally produced on Broadway in 1970 and revived in 1995, winning six Tony awards including "Best Musical." Performances April 28 through May 14 at the Mayfield Village Civic Center, 6622 Wilson Mills Rd. in Mayfield Village. Tickets are $14 to $25 online at fairmountcenter.org or by calling 440-338-3171.
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. Final performances are April 29 and 30 at Playhouse Square's Kennedy's Theatre (beneath the Ohio Theatre lobby), 1511 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $20-$23. Call 216-241-6000 or visit playhousesquare.org.
Insomnia: The Waking of Herselves: Holly Holsinger and Chris Seibert, two of CPT's most beloved actors, are together again in this new work about self-loathing and self-love. World premiere. See full review, this issue. Through May 7 at Cleveland Public Theatre's James Levin Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave. Tickets are $10 to $25 online at cptonline.org or by phone at 216-631-2727.
Legacy of Light: Separated by centuries, two female scientists grapple with issues both universal and personal, and the result is a funny, intriguing and ultimately uplifting experience. Thanks to a talented cast and splendid staging, this final full production at the Cleveland Play House is an untrammeled delight. (Christine Howey.) Through May 1 at 8500 Euclid Ave. Tickets start at $46 online at clevelandplayhouse.com or at 216-795-7000.
West Side Story: Featuring the orginal Jerome Robbins choreography and unforgettable songs by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, the Broadway touring company production lights up the Palace Theatre stage (1615 Euclid Ave.) May 3 through 15. Tickets are $10 to $75 at playhousesquare.org. or by phone at 216-241-6000.
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