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Mercury Summer Stock presents Cats:

Here Kitty, Kitty

Mercury Summer Stock opens its 2012 season with Andrew Lloyd Webber's feline-friendly musical Cats. Performances continue Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, through June 30, at Regina Auditorium at Notre Dame College. Tickets are $15 to $18 by phone or online.

At 4545 College Rd., South Euclid, 216-771-5862, mercurysummerstock.com.

As You Like It: Cleveland Shakespeare Festival marks its 15th season of free outdoor theater with this classic Shakespearean comedy. Directed by Dana Hart, performances open on June 22 and 23 at Notre Dame College. Shows then continue in repertory with Henry the Eighth on Saturdays and Sundays through August 5 at venues throughout the region. See cleveshakes.org for details.

Avenue Q: Often touted as "Sesame Street for adults," this funny, raunchy puppet show uses familiar fleece exteriors to expose the hard interiors of life. See Christine Howey's review in this issue. Performances continue Thursdays through Sundays through July 1, at the Alma Theater in Cleveland Heights' Cain Park, 14591 Superior Rd. Tickets are $15 to $24 at 216-371-3000 or cainpark.com.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: "Gleefully loaded with anachronisms and ballsy candor, this play is a freaking rush from the get-go," advises house critic Christine Howey. The rip-snortin' rock musical continues at the Beck Center through July 1. Tickets are $28 for adults at 216-521-2540 or beckcenter.org. Find them at 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.

Damn Yankees: A promising underdog baseball team reviles the big, bad Yankees and pins its hopes on a promising rookie player: Sound familiar? Enter Damn Yankees, the musical comedy whose sentiment Indians fans can appreciate. Performances continue in Cuyahoga Falls at Porthouse Theater, on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, through June 30. Tickets are $17 to $33 at 330-672-2497 or porthousetheatre.com. Set the GPS for 1145 West Steels Corners Rd.

The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth: Cleveland Shakespeare Festival marks its 15th season of free outdoor theater with this classic Shakespearean drama. Shows continue in repertory with As You Like It on Saturdays and Sundays through August 5 at venues throughout the region. See cleveshakes.org for details.

Sondheim on Sondheim: Intertwining dozens of live song performances with exclusive interview footage of the famous recluse, this musical tells the tale of Sondheim's life, his artistic process, and the stories behind the songs. Performances continue through July 8 at 2067 East 14th St. Tickets are $10 to $60 at 216-241-6000, or playhousesquare.org.

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