On Stage This Week 

The Addams Family drops in at Playhouse Square:

Creepy? Kooky? Check.

When The Addams Family comes rolling into Playhouse Square next week, mischievous little brother Pugsley just may be the star of the show. That's because the role belongs to West Park native Patrick Kennedy. The 12-year-old (pictured left, with Grandma, Pippa Pearthree) has been with the national tour since it launched in New Orleans back in September — more than 200 stagings to date! Still, Kennedy says he learns something new every time. "The Addams Family is all about love and family, and that's what is most rewarding," he tells Scene by e-mail. "Everybody in the cast is so wonderful and helpful ... I have learned something from each one of them." Kennedy and the crew put it all into action at the Palace Theatre from April 10 through 22. Sixteen shows are set for Tuesdays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $87.50 by phone, online, or at the box office. — Elaine T. Cicora

At 1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.

Flanagan's Wake: Part improv, part scripted, this interactive Irish wake continues at Kennedy's Theatre 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.

The Hyacinth Macaw: Convergence-Continuum launches its 2012 season with the Cleveland premiere of Mac Wellman's 1994 surreal/absurdist comedy. Says house critic Christine Howey: "In this weirdly entertaining and sometimes frustrating piece, Wellman unleashes a fire-hydrant torrent of unusual words, invented phrases, and complex syntactical constructions. The ultimate effect is both dazzling and self-defeating." Performances continue at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through April 7 at the Liminis, 2438 Scranton Rd. Tickets are $10, $12, and $15 at 216-687-0074 or convergence-continuum.org.

God's Trombones: Karamu's seasonal fave features seven stirring "negro sermons" set to music, dance, and verse. Critic Christine Howey has called previous productions "riveting and inspirational." Through April 5 at 2355 East 89th St. Tickets are $25 to $30, available at 216-795-7077 or karamuhouse.org.

Red: Art, artists, and the act of creation get their due in this 2010 Tony Award-winner by playwright John Logan. The provocative drama takes its cue from an episode in the life of temperamental mid-century artist Mark Rothko. Examinations of aesthetics, philosophy, and the entire history of Western art ensue. Through April 8 at the Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave. Tickets range from $15 to $69; call 216-241-6000 or visit clevelandplayhouse.com.

Velocity of Autumn: Beck Center's season continues with the regional premiere of this dark comedy by Cleveland playwright Eric Coble. "Creeping decrepitude often is a funny thing in The Velocity of Autumn," reports our critic. "This brilliantly titled two-hander features one outstanding performance (by Cleveland stage veteran Dorothy Silver) and some sprightly byplay. But there are a few pockets of playwriting overreach that take the edge off the proceedings." Performances continue through April 29 in the Studio Theater;

8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and

3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10 through $28 at 216-521-2540 or beckcenter.org. Beck Center is at 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.


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