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Spiked Punch 

Hubby gets a tongue-lashing, broom-bashing in Brit-inspired comedy.

Since the 1600s, Punch and Judy have been beating the bejesus out of each other during lovers' spats on British stages. In tonight's performance of The Confessions of Punch and Judy at the Cleveland Public Theatre, the couple have at it again during an all-night quarrel. "Oftentimes, the climactic scene is when Punch is sent to hell and confronts the devil," says Raymond Bobgan, the show's co-creator and director. "Then he kills him too."The script dates to 2003, when Bobgan met with actors Ker Wells and Tannis Kowalchuk to draw up a blueprint for the storyline. In between mythological references and slapstick humor, the characters get downright hostile with each other. But, says Bobgan, audiences can relate. "Sometimes, in a huge argument, you suddenly realize, Who is this arguing? This isn't me," he says. "The argument isn't really what we see on the surface. There's something deeper there." The curtain rises at 3 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, through Saturday, February 23, at Gordon Square Theatre, 6415 Detroit Avenue. Tickets are $10 to $18. Call 216-631-2727 or visit www.cptonline.org.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Feb. 9. Continues through Feb. 23, 2008

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