At Cleveland Public Theatre:
A Critical Darling Returns
Chris Seibert's haunting, inventive tour de force Cut to Pieces returns to Cleveland Public Theatre this weekend for a limited engagement, with performances set for June 2 through 6 and June 9 through 11. Co-written by Seibert (who stars as the solo performer) and CPT's executive artistic director Raymond Bobgan (who directs), the original production premiered in 2009; at the time, Scene critic Christine Howey had this to say: "By taking an age-old trope of several people convened at a spooky mansion and twisting virtually everything thereafter, Bobgan and Seibert come up with a bounty of inspired moments. Bobgan uses an avalanche of different staging tools — including live and often distorted video feeds (some from a table-top camera), typewriter type on the large screen, original music, and plastic and paper dolls. The videos are strangely insinuating and allow Seibert to interact with them as if they are live performers. From a production standpoint, a few of the whiz-bang effects could have been edited back, since there is a feeling of sensory overload. But ultimately, Cut to Pieces has an innocent arrogance and an energetic spirit of invention that makes it a thoroughly memorable experience." Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by phone at 216-631-2727 or online at cptonline.org. Please note: Due to graphic images of violence, the play is suggested for mature audiences only. Cleveland Public Theatre is at 6415 Detroit Ave. in the Gordon Square District. — Elaine T. Cicora
Endgame: Samuel Beckett's sad and funny fable of the human condition serves as the finale to the Cleveland Museum of Art's 2010-2011 Viva! & Gala Performing Arts series, continuing through June 11 at the Brooks Theatre at the Cleveland Play House. Tickets are $29 at 888-CMA-0033, and are also available online at clevelandart.org or at the Play House (8500 Euclid Ave.) one hour before each performance.
Girls Night: The Musical: This jukebox musical with a book — okay, a pamphlet — written by Louise Roche is focused on tickling a very specific sort of female funny bone. Suffice to say that if you're up for a weirdly non-ironic disco version of "I Am What I Am," vibrator jokes, and a blonde fall used as a muff wig, then your ship has come in. (Christine Howey) Tickets are $39.50 to $50 at 216-241-6000 or online at playhousesquare.org. Through June 26 at the East 14th Street Theatre at 2037 East 14th St.
The Museum Play: A darkly comic exploration of untenable longings to possess the past, and the struggle to preserve love and desire, this is the third work by prolific playwright Jordan Harrison to be produced by the always edgy Convergence-Continuum company. Unfolding in cabinets, habitats, and hallways, the 70-minute work investigates the curious intersection of memory and desire. Tickets are $15 — and less for students and seniors — at 216-687-0074 or convergence-continuum.org. Through June 4 at the Liminis, 2438 Scranton Rd. in Tremont.
Personals Uncut: The New York Edition: A contemporary comedy from native Clevelander Jennifer Griffin, Personals Uncut aims to provide a laugh-filled trip through the uncensored world of cyber-dating. Featuring a cast of 18, the fun unfolds as a series of monologues in two acts, exploring how singles "sell themselves" in the world of online dating. Tickets are $15 at 216-241-6000 or online at playhousesquare.org. Show dates are June 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18 at Kennedy's Theatre at 1501 Euclid Ave. (beneath the Ohio Theatre lobby) at Playhouse Square.