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Marigold Wars

Part of the Cleveland Play House's sixth annual FusionFest (April 13-23), Marigold Wars is an interactive meditation on the struggle to find reason, peace, and beauty amid the ravages of war. Created by Robin VanLear, the award-winning artistic director of the Cleveland Museum of Art's annual Parade the Circle extravaganza, the show brings together a collaborative crew of local choreographers, sculptors, dancers, musicians, and puppeteers. In the process, it encapsulates what the multidisciplinary FusionFest is all about: fusing the talents of Cleveland's creative types into exciting new pieces of performance art. Marigold Wars runs from April 14 through 17 at 8500 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $20 at 216-795-7000 or at, where you'll find a full schedule of FusionFest activities. The Cleveland Play House is at 8500 Euclid Ave. — Elaine T. Cicora

An Evening With Lucille Ball: Thank You for Asking: Created and performed by celebrity impersonator Suzanne LaRusch, this one-woman show was co-written by LaRusch and Lucy's real-life daughter Lucie Arnaz, who also directs. Through April 17 at the 14th Street Theatre, 2037 East 14th St. Tickets are $10-$39; purchase them at 216-241-6000 or online at

Fever/Dream: See full review this issue. Through April 23 at Cleveland Public Theatre's Gordon Square Theatre, 6415 Detroit Ave. Tickets are $10 to $25. Call 216-631-2727 or purchase online at

Flanagan's Wake: This interactive comedy runs through April 30 at Playhouse Square's Kennedy's Theatre, 1511 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $20 to $23; Learn more at 216-241-6000 or

I Hate This/And Then You Die: David Hansen performs his two award-winning solo shows in a single presentation. At CPT's Store Front Studio through April 23, 6415 Detroit Ave. Tickets are $10 to $25. Call 216-631-2727 or purchase online at

Jerry Springer: The Opera: This R-rated satire runs through April 17. Tix are $28. Call 216-521-2540 or go to Beck Center is at 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.

Legacy of Light: Two women push the boundaries of physics and yearn for maternal fulfillment in this sweet, time-traveling comedy that anchors FusionFest 2011. Through May 1 at the Cleveland Play House, 8500 Euclid Ave. Tickets start at $46 online at or by phone at 216-795-7000.

Les Miserables: This glorious 25th anniversary production recounts Jean Valjean's journey to redemption through superb singing, fine acting, and state-of-the-art projection scenery. Through April 17 at the Palace Theatre, 1615 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $10 to $100 at 216-241-6000 or

Two Gentlemen of Verona: Produced by Great Lakes Theater Festival, this classic Shakespeare comedy runs through April 23 at the Hanna Theatre, 2067 East 14th St. Tickets are $15 to $70 online at or by phone at 216-241-6000.

The Underpants: This bawdy and unrelentingly silly sex farce continues through April 23 at the Beck Center, 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. Tickets are $10 to $28 at 216-521-2540.

Valparaiso: A darkly comic story focused on an "average Joe" who tries to make sense of his life by throwing himself beneath the spotlight of celebrity, Valparaiso continues through April 16 at the Liminus, 2438 Scranton Rd. Tickets are $12 to $15 at 216-687-0074 or online at

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