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Great Lakes, No Festival

Shrew's the News at the Hanna

The venerable Great Lakes Theater Festival hacked its name down to just "Great Lakes Theater" over the summer. (You know how artistic types loathe complacency.) "We no longer present plays in a festival-style format," explains GLT marketing director Todd Krispinsky. "Our new name is a refinement that more accurately communicates who we are." What the troupe lacks in verbiage, it makes up for in performance: Its production of The Taming of the Shrew kicks off Friday, September 30, and continues in repertory with Cabaret (see below) through October 29. Directed by Tracy Young, Bill Shakespeare's comedy revolves around the marriage of Petruchio to Kate, and how things have a way of going to hell once the honeymoon's over. Tickets range from $15 to $70, available at 216-241-6000 or greatlakestheater.org. The Hanna is at 2067 East 14th St. at Playhouse Square. — Erich BurnettCabaret: Great Lakes Theater's 50th anniversary season at the Hanna Theatre opens with this Tony Award-winning musical, directed by Victoria Bussert. Through October 30 at 2067 East 14th St. at Playhouse Square. Tickets are $15 to $70, available at 216-241-6000 or greatlakestheater.org.

Grizzly Mama: Left-leaning folks may get a giddy vicarious kick out of the homicidal plotting that goes on in Dobama Theatre's world premiere of a script by local playwright George Brant. And if you think that title sounds like what a certain gun-wielding Alaskan politician calls herself, you win a free box of .22-caliber hollow points. Under the slick direction of Laura Kepley, the piece glides seamlessly. And Brant greases the wheels with a number of amusing lines despite the play's inherently unfunny premise. (Howey) Through October 2 at 2340 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts. Tickets are $10-$26 at 216-932-3396 or dobama.org.

The Marvelous Wonderettes: Beck Center launches its new season with this musical romp, an off-Broadway hit that revives old faves like "Mr. Sandman," "It's My Party," and "The Shoop Shoop Song." Through October 16 at 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. Tickets are $10 to $28 at 216-521-2540 or online at beckcenter.org.

The Life of Galileo: The venerable Cleveland Play House begins its inaugural season at Playhouse Square with this work by Bertolt Brecht. Learn more about the show in the review in this issue. Through October 9 inside the remodeled Allen Theatre, 1501 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $49-$69 at 216-241-6000 or online at clevelandplayhouse.com.

You Got Nerve: It's always good news when an original play by a local writer hits the stage. That's why it's sad to have to report that this world-premiere musical comedy written by Karamu playwright-in-residence Michael Oatman fails on so many levels — from script to directing to acting — that the mind reels. (Howey) Through October 9 at 2355 East 89th St. Tickets are $10 to $25 at 216-795-7070 or online at karamuhouse.org. — Howey