Director Russ Borski scored a real coup when he cast Raised in Captivity, Nicky Silver's comedy about twins who reunite at their mother's funeral. He found a pair of acting sibs -- Tyson and Tyler Postma -- to play the dysfunctional mourners in the production, which makes its Ohio premiere Friday at Dobama Theatre. "There's a focus on guilt, self-punishment, and redemption," Borski says. "We deal with so many issues. But in a humorous, neurotic way."
And it's a very dark comedy, Borski stresses, filled with twists, turns, and a barely functioning family -- including a prosperous dentist who decides to throw it all away to become an artist and a guy who brings a prostitute to the funeral. "All of the issues form the characters," Borski says. "They take bricks with these issues and incorporate them into their lives, making them stronger or going underwater with them." Raised in Captivity is at Dobama (1846 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights) through February 8. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday (except this Sunday, when it's performed at 7:30 p.m.). Tickets range from $11 to $20, available by calling 216-932-3396. -- Michael Gallucci
Bizarre Big Top
This Circus ain't for kids.
Cassandra Vincent's "Little Devil" is so sneaky, she can make you do things in public you'd never dream of doing. In The Eclectic Circus, Vincent mimes her way through a series of routines designed to be copied by the audience. "I can make them the ones being looked at, and they say, 'Omigosh, I don't want that,'" Vincent says. "Before they know it, they're picking their nose." She's joined by jugglers and a clown magician. The quartet performs "confusing, wild, engrossing, and entertaining" feats of scripted magic, music, and mime. "I'm certainly not against well-placed randomness," Vincent says. "And those moments of randomness, possible absurdity, and satire will not be lost." The circus comes to town at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Cleveland Public Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue. Admission is $10; call 216-631-2727. -- Cris Glaser
All Hands on Decks
DJs Faust & Shortee storm into town.
An electric vibe jumps between Faust and Shortee, an uncanny chemistry that, when the duo strikes the dance floor, makes all asses move. They're so in tune, Faust says, the DJs don't even need to speak. "If she's thinking of a certain record, I'll pull it out of the bag," he says. Fans still talk about last year's tribute to Jam Master Jay. "People grasp the fact that they were there that one moment, and it was special," Faust says. "That's what we try to do. We want to put it through the roof." Faust and Shortee play Spy (1261 West Sixth Street) at 10 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $10; call 216-621-7907. -- Melody Caraballo
1/16-1/18 It doesn't matter who the real Lord of the Dance is. Erstwhile Riverdancer Michael Flatley can make the claim all he wants, and his former employer can refute. It doesn't matter: Audiences will be dazzled by fiery feet either way. The Lord dances his way into the Palace Theatre (1519 Euclid Avenue) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $35 to $55. Call 216-241-6000 for more information. -- Michael Gallucci