Will & Greta 

It's hard to be happy when your boyfriend's gay.

Greta Rothman, star of Those 7 Little Words - and friend of gay men everywhere.
  • Greta Rothman, star of Those 7 Little Words and friend of gay men everywhere.

If Greta Rothman were a gay man, she'd be the luckiest gay man on the planet. But the Cleveland native isn't a gay man. She's a straight female. But you wouldn't know it by the number of gay men she's dated over the years. "Starting with my prom date and moving forward, every male I've dated has been gay," she sighs.

Rothman has turned her bad luck into a one-woman show, Those Seven Little Words (I Love You, So You're Probably Gay), playing at Playhouse Square's Kennedy's Down Under. "This is the story of my life," she says. "It's basically the Will & Grace story."

The show -- which isn't exactly a solo performance, since Rothman is accompanied onstage by a few musicians and singers ("my boys," she calls them) -- was developed in New York City. Rothman brought it home after a bit of tweaking. "I probably should be a gay boy, because of my love for The Wizard of Oz, ABBA, Wonder Woman, and musical theater," she says. Those Seven Little Words is at Kennedy's Down Under in Playhouse Square Center (1511 Euclid Avenue) through August 23. Show times are 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15. They are available by calling 216-241-6000. -- Michael Gallucci

Out With the Nü?
Adema and Powerman 5000 face a metal crossroads.

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Today's World Series of Metal features two headliners at crucial stops in their careers. Adema's upcoming sophomore disc, Unstable, crunches and punches in all the right places. Powerman 5000's third album, Transform, tempers its metal with otherworldly synths. Both groups have a tendency to make you forget just what it is that they're singing about, and both still cling to nü-metal's dying influence. Still, their volume-cranking stresses the most essential component: It's all about the noise, which makes them a good fit for the World Series of Metal. Spineshank, Fingertight, Dog Fashion Disco, and Zug Island are also on the bill. It starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Agora (5000 Euclid Avenue). Tickets are $19.50 and $21, available by calling 216-241-5555. -- Michael Gallucci

Worth Their Celt
There's little punk or Paddy in Solas's Irish music.

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Solas isn't the raging punk band that the Pogues were; nor is it tenaciously traditional like the Chieftains. Since 1996, the band has made albums that explore Irish music via new paths, with nods toward the contemporary (Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, and Tom Waits have all been covered). While homegrown pipes and percussion fuel the records, electric guitar and banjo also figure in. The quintet's expert musicianship turns its live shows into Celtic celebrations. Solas is at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium (11150 East Boulevard) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets range from $17 to $22, available by calling 216-421-7350. -- Michael Gallucci

Extended Soloing

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Punk guitarist Wred Fright doesn't go out of his way to be a self-serving egotist, but that's when he's at his best. He'll play the Self-Indulgent Festival of one-man bands Friday, along with Derek DePrator (of Cobra Verde), Hajime, Kong Sauce, Disassemble No. 5, and Professor Falcon. The knee-cymbals start clanging at 10 p.m. at Pat's in the Flats, West Third Street and Literary Road. Admission is $5; call 216-621-8044. -- Cris Glaser

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