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Cleveland Shakespeare Festival:

Henry VIII

Cleveland Shakespeare Festival marks its 15th season of free outdoor theater with The Famous History of the Life of King Henry VIII, a classic Shakespearean drama about exhausted brides. No? Then it's about intrigue among the dukes, cardinals, lords, and ladies in the court of said king. Shows continue in repertory with As You Like It (see the review in this issue) on Saturdays and Sundays through August 5 at various locations. On June 30, that includes a 7 p.m. stop at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor. See cleveshakes.org for details. — Elaine T. CicoraAvenue Q: Often described as "Sesame Street for adults," this funny, raunchy puppet show uses familiar fleece exteriors to expose the hard interiors of life. House critic Christine Howey calls it a witty show that "has the courage of its rowdy convictions." Performances continue 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. Performances of the rip-snortin' rock musical have been extended through July 22 at the Beck Center. Tickets are $28 for adults at 216-521-2540 or beckcenter.org. Find them at 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.

Cats: Mercury Summer Stock presents Andrew Lloyd Webber's feline-friendly musical through June 30 at Regina Auditorium at Notre Dame College, 4545 College Rd. in South Euclid. Tickets are $15 to $18 at 216-771-5862 or visit mercurysummerstock.com.

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.

Grace: What would it take to destroy your faith? That's what this new tragicomedy by award-winning playwright Craig Wright wants to know. Produced by the always-edgy Convergence-Continuum, Grace makes its Ohio debut on Friday, June 29 at the Liminis, 2438 Scranton Rd. Performances continue through July 21. Tickets are $15 for adults, less for seniors and students; get them at 216-687-0074 or at convergence-continuum.org

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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