Neil Simon comedy comes to Porthouse
Forecast: Sunshine Boys
Not to be confused with those other Boys performing at Playhouse Square, Sunshine Boys tells the tale of two cantankerous old vaudevillians — Al Lewis and Willy Clark — who grew to detest each other during 40 years of working as a team. When they are convinced to reunite for a television special, hilarity ensues. The Neil Simon comedy debuted on Broadway in 1972, snagging a handful of Tony Award nominations; three years later, it became a film starring George Burns and Walter Matthau. On Thursday, July 7, actors Marc Moritz and George Roth, above, step into the roles at Porthouse Theatre on the grounds of Blossom Music Center. Performances continue through July 23. Tickets are $19 to $33, and are available at 330-672-3884 or online at porthousetheatre.com. — Elaine T. Cicora
Hairspray: The Beck Center presents the locally produced premiere of this award-winning Broadway musical, revolving around a plump Baltimore teen who just has to dance. Directed by Scott Spence and featuring actor Kevin Joseph Kelly as Edna Turnblad, the show runs July 8 through August 14 at the Mackey Main Stage, 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. Tickets are $10 to $28 at 216-521-2540 or online at beckcenter.org.
Jersey Boys: This award-winning musical about the Four Seasons "is more about the experience. As the familiar and infectious songs spill out, the bond between the singers and the audience becomes palpable. It's this live concert vibe that turns a very skillful show into a visceral experience." (Howey) Through July 17 at the State Theatre, 1519 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $35 to $130; for more information or to order tickets, call 216-241-6000 or visit playhousesquare.org.
Love's Labors Lost: Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy has fun with the notion of men who vow to spend their time in study and eschew the love of women. Presented July 7 through 23 by the Ohio Shakespeare Festival at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 North Portage Path in Akron. Tickets are $15 to $30. For reservations and info, visit ohioshakespeare.com.
Love's Labors Lost: You're not seeing double: both the region's summer Shakespeare companies are performing this romantic comedy. But under the direction of Celeste Cosentino, the classic has been radically abridged and gender-reversed. One half of the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival's summer repertoire, the production continues in various venues through August 7. Free. For details, go to cleveshakes.org.
Othello: The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival "does a respectable job with the bard's iconic tragedy. Featuring some strong work in the leads and snappy pacing by director Aaron D. Elersich, this production manages to overcome some sketchy acting elsewhere." (Howey) Free, in various venues through August 6. For more information, go to cleveshakes.org.
The Miracle at Naples: American playwright David Grimm's bawdy sex romp gets its Midwest debut from the always edgy Convergence-Continuum. Through July 23 at Tremont's Liminis Theater, 2438 Scranton Rd. Tickets: $15 general admission. For reservations and information, call 216-687-0074 or visit convergence-continuum.org.