The Trip to Bountiful
Play House director Timothy Douglas brings a new twist to Horton Foote's touching meditation on the notion of home and its power to sustain us: an African American cast starring veteran Broadway actress Lizan Mitchell in the lead role of Carrie Watts. The Watts character is a juicy one, first tackled by Lillian Gish in Foote's original 1953 television movie. It was reprised on the big screen in 1985 by Geraldine Page, who snagged an Oscar for her moving portrait of a widow yearning for her childhood home. The play opens in the Drury Theatre at Cleveland Play House on February 4 and continues through February 27. Tickets are $46 to $66, with discounts for seniors and students. Order by calling 216-795-7000 or go to clevelandplayhouse.com. The Cleveland Play House is at 8500 Euclid Ave. — Elaine T. Cicora
And Her Hair Went With Her: Set inside a beauty parlor, this comedy by Zina Camblin highlights the many intricacies of black women's lives. Through February 20 at Karamu, 2355 East 89th St. Tickets are $10-$25 at 216-795-7077 or at karamuhouse.org.
Assassins: An Emmy Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim, Assassins brings together a gallery of presidential assassins and would-be assassins in an utterly idiosyncratic examination of success, failure, and the quest for power and fame in contemporary America. Recommended for mature audiences. February 4 through 20 at Lakeland Civic Theater, 7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland. Tickets are $7 to $15 at 440-525-7526. For details, go to lakelandcc.edu.
Celebrity Autobiography: Running for three sold-out years in N.Y.C., Celebrity Autobiography takes the sport of celebrity bashing to a hilarious new level, as an ever-changing comedic ensemble acts out the actual memoirs of famous folks ranging from Tommy Lee to Suzanne Sommers. At the 14th Street Theatre at Playhouse Square for 10 performances February 3 through 6 and March 10 through 13. All seats are $39.50 online at playhousesquare.org or by phone at 216-241-6000.
Flanagan's Wake: A zany blend of written 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 (beneath the Ohio Theatre lobby), 1511 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $20-$23. Learn more by calling 216-241-6000 or visit playhousesquare.org.
South Pacific: Performed by the Lincoln Center Theater's national touring company, this lavish production features a cast of 34, accompanied by the largest orchestra of any touring Broadway show in the country. Directed by Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher, the play tells the story of two lovestruck couples whose happiness is threatened by the realities of World War II. With such iconic tunage as "Some Enchanted Evening" and "Bali Ha'i," South Pacific is widely considered the best Broadway musical ever written. Through February 13 at 1511 Euclid Ave. Tickets start at $10 at 216-241-6000 or online at playhousesquare.org.