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Benefit offers a sweet ending to a wacky diner flick.

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Great Lakes Theater Festival classic plays Through April 27, produced by the Great Lakes Theater Festival at the Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square Center, 1511 Euclid Avenue, 216-241-6000.
The saving grace of tonight's triple screening of Waitress is that you can scarf down slices of pie afterward. Here's why: The folks at Case Western Reserve University's Strosacker Auditorium have put together a benefit for the Cleveland Domestic Violence Center. To see the movie, you either have to shell out cash at the door or bring in a home-baked pie to get in for free. And this flick is perfect to flash on the screen, because Keri Russell's character bakes so many pies during the movie that audiences are drooling by the final frame. The comedy is about a depressed smalltown waitress, whose pie-baking talents take her mind off her loser husband. When she accidentally gets pregnant, she competes in a bake-off to pocket enough cash to get out of Dodge. The storyline twists and turns when her baby-daddy gets wind of her affair with a married ob-gyn, after which a kindly Andy Griffith steps in to dispense sage advice before the waitress' life goes in a new direction. When the film ends, audience members can sample each other's pies. And for a $20 entry fee, you can enter a no-hands pie-eating contest, just like the ones you see at the county fair. Showtime is at 7, 9:30, and midnight tonight at Strosacker Auditorium, 2125 Adelbert Road. Admission is a donated pie or $3. Call 216-688-7229 or visit
Fri., April 4, 7, 9:30 p.m. & midnight, 2008
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