Ensemble Theatre begins its season without founders and longtime champions Lucia and Licia Colombi, both of whom passed away earlier this year. Artistic director Bernard Canepari sticks with the company’s mission of performing classic American plays from the mid-20th century, opening with Kauffman and Hart’s 1939 comedy, The Man Who Came to Dinner. The classic play tells the story of a big-city radio star who accepts a dinner invitation at the home of a small-town Ohio businessman, only to break his leg at the front door. The doctor says he can’t go anywhere, so he sets up shop at the house, bullying his hosts with city-slicker wit and meddling in their lives. Brian Zoldessy directs. It opens tonight and runs through October 25 at Cleveland Playhouse’s Brooks Theatre (8500 Euclid Ave., 216.321.2930, ensemble-theatre.com). Tickets: $12-$24. — Michael Gill
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