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Sondheim on Sondheim:

The Music and the ManSomewhere in a penthouse overflowing with Tonys, Oscars, Grammys, and a Pulitzer Prize, Broadway's greatest living composer is looking down on Cleveland and smiling. And what is there about our little town that makes the great Stephen Sondheim (Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Company, Into the Woods, and plenty more) break out in a grin? Nothing less than the regional premiere of Sondheim on Sondheim, a musical revue that intertwines dozens of live song performances with exclusive interview footage of the famously reclusive man himself — telling the tale of his life, his artistic process, and the stories behind the songs. Directed by Victoria Bussert, the area's leading Sondheim authority, the show is a collaboration between Great Lakes Theater and Playhouse Square. Sixty-two performances are set for the Hanna Theatre, taking place Tuesdays through Sundays, May 16 through July 8. Tickets are $10 to $60. — Elaine T. Cicora

At 2067 East 14th St., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.Come Fly Away: A long, cool pour of mid-century chill, this Broadway Series offering at Playhouse Square combines Frank Sinatra's vocals, choreography by Twyla Tharp, and the talents of a live orchestra to fine effect. Through May 20 at the Palace Theatre, 1615 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $10 to $77.50 at 216-241-6000 or playhousesquare.org.

Devil Boys From Beyond: What's going on in the mysterious swamplands of Lizard Lick? Critic Christine Howey says it's funny stuff. "With three of the four female roles played by men, in the boisterous style of low drag and high camp, the unevenly performed show can be quite amusing — and at times hilarious." Presented by Convergence-Continuum, performances continue through June 2 at the Liminis. Tickets are $10 to $15 at 216-687-0074 or convergence-continuum.org. The Liminis is at 2438 Scranton Rd.

Elegy for a Lady/Three Women: Cesear's Forum presents a pairing of two short discourses that explore individual consciousness. Tickets are $15, available at 216-241-6000 or playhousesquare.org. Performances are set for Fridays and Saturdays through May 26 at Kennedy's Down Under at Playhouse Square, 1501 Euclid Ave.

God of Carnage: Dobama concludes its 52nd season with this award-winning drama about grown-ups behaving badly. Through May 20 at 2340 Lee Rd. in Cleveland Heights. Tickets are $10 to $26; get them at 216-932-3396 or dobama.org.

Gruesome Playground Injuries: Ensemble Theatre presents this dark comedy by Pulitzer nominee Rajiv Joseph. Through May 20 at 2843 Washington Blvd. in Cleveland Heights. Tickets are $10 to $20 at 216-321-2930 or ensemble-theatre.org.

Hellcab: Set in Chicago, Will Kern's Hellcab is a 70-minute series of off-beat vignettes drawn from the life of a big-city cabbie. Presented by Blank Canvas Theatre through May 20. Tickets are $15 at blankcanvastheatre.com. Find them at 1305 West 78th St.

13 Most American Dreams: Dreams, fears, phobias, naked men, strobe lights: This world premiere from Pandora Robertson has 'em all! Performances are set for Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays, May 17 to June 2, at Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave. Tickets are $10 to $25 at 216-631-2727 or cptonline.org.

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13 Most American Dreams: Dreams, fears, phobias, naked men, strobe lights: This world premiere from Pandora Robertson has 'em all — plus an invitation to turn on your cell phone and contribute to the live social network feed! Performances are set for Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays, May 17 to June 2, at Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave. Tickets are $10 to $25 at 216-631-2727 or cptonline.org.

Gem of the Ocean: Karamu concludes its season with the first entry in August Wilson's 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle. For details, see Christine Howey's review, one page back from here. Performances continue through June 3 in the Jeliffe Theatre, 2355 East 89th St. Tickets are $10 to $25 at 216-795-7070 or karamuhouse.org.

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