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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. The play is crafted in the spirit of the lectures Lucy enjoyed giving throughout her career, exploring personal memories as well as some never-before-revealed recollections about life with her husband, Cuban bandleader-turned-impresario Desi Arnaz. Through April 17 at the 14th Street Theatre, 2037 East 14th St. Tickets are $10-$39; call 216-241-6000 or go to playhousesquare.org.

Fever/Dream: This highly physical comic reinvention of Pedro Calderon de la Barca's classic Life Is a Dream skewers corporate America and forecasts a corporate-world transformation as Gen-Y'ers take over the world. Midwest premier; 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 cptonline.org.

Flanagan's Wake: A zany blend of dialogue and improvised laughs, this interactive show transforms the audience into guests at Flanagan's wake in the fictional Irish village of Grapplin. 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 playhousesquare.org.

God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse: Karamu House brings James Weldon Johnson's poetic classic to the stage by way of seven galvanizing preachers, accompanied by soul-stirring singing, thunderous dancing, and biblical verses. Through April 10 at 2355 East 89th St. Tickets are $25 to $30 at 216-795-7077; go to karamuhouse.org.

I Hate This/And Then You Die: David Hansen performs his two award-winning solo shows in a single presentation. One is an exploration of personal loss and recovery; the other is about obsession and victory. Both shows were developed at Cleveland Public Theatre's Big [Box] and have gone on to successful runs at the New York Fringe. At CPT's Store Front Studio through April 23, 6415 Detroit Ave. Tickets are $10 to $25. Call 631-2727 or purchase online at cptonline.org.

Jerry Springer: The Opera: Strippers, whore mongers, and tap-dancing knights of the Ku Klux Klan populate this satire at Beck Center. Through April 17; late-night performance April 9. Tix are $28. Call 216-521-2540 or go to beckcenter.org. Beck Center is at 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.

Legacy of Light: With their stories unfolding simultaneously in 18th-century France and contemporary America, two women push the boundaries of physics and yearn for maternal fulfillment in this sweet, time-traveling comedy. April 8 through May 1 at the Cleveland Play House, 8500 Euclid Ave. Tickets start at $46 online at clevelandplayhouse.com or by phone at 216-795-7000.

Les Miserables: This 25th anniversary production features new staging, reimagined scenery, and even some new orchestrations. Sixteen performances through April 17 at the Palace Theatre, 1615 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $10 to $100 at 216-241-6000 or playhousesquare.org.

Two Gentlemen of Verona: A friendship is put to the test as two buddies compete for one woman's affections in this classic Shakespeare comedy. Produced by Great Lakes Theater Festival, the show opens April 8 and runs through April 23 at the Hanna Theatre, 2067 East 14th St. Tickets are $15 to $70 online at playhousesquare.org or by phone at 216-241-6000.

Valparaiso: Convergence-Continuum presents the darkly comic story of an "average Joe" who tries to make sense of his life by throwing himself beneath the spotlight of celebrity. Author Don DeLillo's densely crafted language, so luxurious in a narrative form, doesn't always fit easily into characters' mouths. And because of some unfortunate acting in key roles, the production never entirely gets off the ground. (Christine Howey) Through April 16 at the Liminus, 2438 Scranton Rd. Tickets are $12 to $15 at 216-687-0074 or online at convergence-continuum.org.

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