The Mysterious Affair at Styles:
Agatha Christie on Tour
Now through March 7, a Great Lakes Theater touring company will be performing free, one-hour adaptations of Agatha Christie's first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, in 21 schools, libraries, and community centers across the region. The world premiere was written by Cleveland actor and playwright David Hansen; under the direction of Lisa Ortenzi, Hansen also stars in the role of iconic detective Hercule Poirot. The novel launched a sort of golden age of detective fiction, which culminated in The Mousetrap, Christie's most famous mystery. (Not coincidentally, The Mousetrap is what's up next for the company; it opens March 9 at the Hanna Theatre.) For a schedule of Styles performances and locations, go to greatlakestheater.org/education/outreach-tour. — Elaine T. CicoraAnyone Can Whistle: Lakeland Civic Theatre presents this 1964 absurdist satire with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Through Feb. 19 at 7700 Clocktower Dr. in Kirtland. Tickets are $7 to $15 at 440-525-7526. Learn more at lakelandcc.edu.
Big Box: CPT's annual series of new works continues with Divorcing Batman, Dating All of Gotham City and Jesus Is Dead ... and Jerry Garcia Is God. Feb. 9 through 11 at 6415 Detroit Ave. General admission is $15. Get tickets at 216-631-2727 or cptonline.org.
The Bluest Eye: Based on the novel by Toni Morrison, this Karamu production explores the toll of racism. Through Feb. 26 at 2355 East 89th St. Tickets are $10 to $25 at 216-795-7077 or at karamuhouse.org.
Lower Ninth: Two men, a corpse, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina anchor this exploration of faith by Beau Willimon. Through Feb. 29 at Ensemble Theatre, 2843 Washington Blvd. in Cleveland Hts. Tickets are $10 to $20 at 216-321-2930, or online at ensemble-theatre.org.
Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage: The author of the world's most sought-after relationship guide offers her tips in this comedy by the creative team behind Altar Boyz! and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Through Feb. 12 at the East 14th Street Theatre, 2037 East 14th St. at Playhouse Square. Tickets are $10 to $35 at 216-241-6000 or online at playhousesquare.org.
NEOMFA Playwrights Festival: Convergence-Continuum presents Nothing Funny, a new work by local playwright Jarod Witkowski, Feb. 9 through 11 at the Liminis Theater, 2438 Scranton Rd. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students at 216-687-0074 or convergence-continuum.org.
Radio Golf: Cleveland Play House presents August Wilson's Tony Award-nominated drama — the finale of his ten-play cycle chronicling the 20th century African-American experience. Actor, educator, and scholar Lou Bellamy directs. Performances are set for Feb. 10 through March 4 at the Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave. at Playhouse Square. Tickets are $49 to $69, available at 216-241-6000 or clevelandplayhouse.com.
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