At Cleveland Play House:
Cleveland knows a thing or two about the precarious balance between gain and loss that can make urban development so dicey. Radio Golf, August Wilson's Tony Award-nominated drama and the finale of his 10-play cycle chronicling the 20th century African-American experience, is set in a crime-ridden Pittsburgh neighborhood in 1997 that could just as well be the East Side of C-Town. The plot pits the price of progress against the value of heritage — all through the eyes of a young, ambitious black politician eager to be mayor. James Craven stars in this production by Cleveland Play House; actor, educator, and scholar Lou Bellamy directs. Performances are set through March 4 at the Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave. at Playhouse Square. Tickets are $49 to $69, or $15 for students, available at 216-241-6000 or clevelandplayhouse.com. — Elaine T. CicoraBig Box: Cleveland Public Theatre's annual series of new works concludes this weekend with Chaos Theory, written by Cat R. Kenney and directed by Margi Herwalk Zitelli. It's about actors in a disintegrating theater company trying to decipher the cryptic mysteries of life and other stuff. Sounds like fun. Performances are set for Feb. 16, 17, and 18 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.
Flanagan's Wake: Part improv, part scripted, this interactive Irish wake is back again at Kennedy's Theatre at Playhouse Square. Performances are set for Fridays and Saturdays through April 28. Tickets are $22 at 216-241-6000 or playhousesquare.org. Kennedy's is beneath the Ohio Theatre lobby at 1501 Euclid Ave.
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 Heights. Tickets are $10 to $20 at 216-321-2930, or online at ensemble-theatre.org.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles: Now through March 7, a Great Lakes Theater touring company will be performing free, one-hour adaptations of Agatha Christie's first novel in 21 schools, libraries, and community centers across the region. Find one near you at greatlakestheater.org/education/outreach-tour.
Spring Awakening: In collaboration with Baldwin-Wallace College, Beck Center presents this Tony Award-winning rock musical exploring the sometimes-turbulent journey to adulthood. According to our critic Christine Howey, the production is a "throbbing, pulsating jewel of theatrical passion ... as polished and sure-footed as any in recent memory." Through March 4 at 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. Tickets for mature audiences start at $15 at 216-521-2540 or at beckcenter.org.
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