Come Fly Away at Playhouse Square:
Soaring With Ol' Blue Eyes
Looking for a long, cool pour of mid-century chill? Take one big band, 14 vivacious dancers, and the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra; shake over ice with choreography from the equally legendary Twyla Tharp; then pour into a nightclub set on a Broadway stage. That's the recipe for Come Fly Away, a heady musical that's made critics coo like tipsy aunties since its March 2010 debut. The touring company stops at the Palace Theatre May 8 through 20 as part of Playhouse Square's Broadway series. Showtimes are Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $77.50. — Elaine T. Cicora
At 1615 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org.
Devil Boys From Beyond: Flying saucers! Hunky space studs! Men in pumps! What's going on in the mysterious swamplands of Lizard Lick? Needless to say, it's something weird in this campy spoof of mid-century sci-fi flicks and legendary drag romps. Presented by Convergence-Continuum, Devil Boys makes its Ohio debut at the Liminis on Friday, May 4. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through June 2. Tickets are $10 to $15 at 216-687-0074 or convergence-continuum.org. The Liminis is at 2438 Scranton Rd.
Elegy for a Lady/Three Women: Cesear's Forum presents a pairing of two short discourses that explore individual consciousness. Tickets are $15 at 216-241-6000 or playhousesquare.org. Performances are set for Fridays and Saturdays, May 11 through 26, at Kennedy's Down Under at Playhouse Square, 1501 Euclid Ave.
Every Good Boy Deserves Favor: Tom Stoppard's satiric "play for actors and orchestra" is the second offering in the Play House's New Ground Theatre Festival. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. May 3 through 5 in the Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $20 to $45 at 216-241-6000 or clevelandplayhouse.com.
God of Carnage: Dobama concludes
its 52nd season with this award-winning drama about grown-ups behaving badly. Writes house critic Christine Howey: "The laughter flows freely as these four people are swept along by the riptides of their own weaknesses and insecurities." Through May 13 at 2340 Lee Rd. in Cleveland Hts. Tickets are $10 to $26 at 216-932-3396 or dobama.org.
Gruesome Playground Injuries: Ensemble Theatre presents this dark comedy by Pulitzer nominee (and native Clevelander) Rajiv Joseph. Performances are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays through May 20. Tickets are $10 to $20 at 216-321-2930 or ensemble-theatre.org. On May 12, a benefit performance will include a chance to meet the playwright. Ensemble is at 2843 Washington Blvd. in Cleveland Heights.
Hellcab: Set in Chicago, Will Kern's Hellcab is a 70-minute series of off-beat vignettes drawn from the life of a big-city cabbie. Presented by Blank Canvas Theatre, performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m., May 4 through 20. Tickets are $15 at blankcanvastheatre.com. Find them at 1305 West 78th St.
In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play: Yes, it's that kind of vibrator. Through May 13 at Cleveland Play House, 1407 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $49 to $69, available at 216-241-6000 or clevelandplayhouse.com.
Not the Flying Stupendas: A circus tale for families, presented by Cleveland Public Theatre through May 5. Kids' tix are $5; adults pay $10 to $25 at 216-631-2727, at cptonline.org, or at the box office at 6415 Detroit Ave.