Dark Ride — If you weld together a broken Zippo lighter, a rusted spring, and a broken doll's head, you create a junk sculpture that might mean something to someone. But when you do the rough equivalent of that in a play, you'd better have a tighter focus on your materials and objective. In Dark Ride, playwright Len Jenkin never puts down his virtual acetylene torch. He impulsively fuses disparate human oddments hoping someone will look at it all and find profundity ... or at least a passing thought. Unfortunately, junk art often ends up looking like what it is: a collection of junk. Christine Howey

Through June 19 at the Liminis, 2438 Scranton Rd. Tickets are $12-$15. Call 216-687-0074 or visit convergence-continuum.org.

Fiddler on the Roof — Chaim Topol, star of the Oscar-winning 1971 movie, graces the stage for his last-ever stretch of performances in this classic musical.

June 15-27 at the Palace Theatre, 1615 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $10-$75. Call 216-241-6000 or visit playhousesquare.org.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat — The biblical tale of Joseph and his awesome, rainbow-hued coat is told almost entirely in song. Jealous of his coat and his ability to interpret dreams, Joseph's brothers conspire to sell him into slavery. But all is forgiven in the end. It's hard to stay mad at someone when he has the coolest coat in the room.

June 11-26 at the Cleveland Play House, 8500 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $12-$15. Call 216-771-5862 or visit mercurysummerstock.com.

The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee — Immerse yourself in the audience at fictional Putnam Valley Middle School and watch six kids take part in a spelling bee. Audience interaction is an integral part of this musical: You might even be singled out as one of the pushy moms!

June 10-26 at Porthouse Theatre, 1145 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls. Tickets are $16-$36. Call 330-672-3884 or visit dept.kent.edu.

Why Do Fools Fall in Love? — A quartet of women at a bachelorette party share their secrets when alcohol and a batch of popular '60s tunes loosen their tongues.

Through June 20 at Cassidy Theatre, 6200 Pearl Rd., Parma. Tickets are $15-$20. Call 440-842-4600 or visit cassidytheatre.com.


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