At Ensemble Theatre:
Waiting for Lefty
Ensemble Theatre opens its 32nd season — in new digs at the former Coventry School in Cleveland Heights, no less — with Waiting for Lefty, a timely play by Clifford Odets. Written in 1935, at the height of the Great Depression, the script is a series of eight vignettes exploring the harsh socio-economic climate of the times and the struggle to bring humanity to the workplace. Sound familiar? Artistic director Celeste Cosentino is at the helm. Performances continue on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through October 30 at 2843 Washington Blvd. Tickets are $10 to $20, available at 216-321-2930 or online at ensemble-theatre.org. — Elaine T. Cicora
The Boys in the Band: Convergence-Continuum revives a seminal 1968 piece of off-Broadway theater in this scathing work that explores love and despair among a group of gay friends. Through October 29 at the Liminus, 2438 Scranton Rd. Tickets are $10 to $15 at 216-687-0074 or convergence-continuum.org.
Cabaret: Great Lakes Theater presents this Tony Award-winning musical through October 30 at the Hanna Theatre, 2067 East 14th St. at Playhouse Square. Tickets are $15 to $70, available by calling 216-241-6000 or at greatlakestheater.org.
Daddy Long Legs: Cleveland Play House presents this musical love story in the tradition of Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott. Previews begin Oct. 21; performances continue through Nov. 13 at the Allen Theatre, 1407 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $41 to $69 at 216-241-6000 or clevelandplayhouse.com.
Million Dollar Quartet: Rockin' with iconic tunage, this award-winning musical is based on a legendary 1956 recording session featuring Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley. Through October 23 at the Palace Theatre, 1615 Euclid Ave. Tickets are $10 to $75 at 216-241-6000 or playhousesquare.org.
Race: Beck Center presents a regional premiere of this new drama by David Mamet that explores perceptions of race from both a black and white perspective. Opening Oct. 21 with performances through Nov. 20 at 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. Tickets are $17 to $26 at 216-521-2540 or at beckcenter.org.
The Taming of the Shrew: Great Lakes Theater sticks a 500-megawatt cable up the butt of this old play for a muscular romp that everyone should see once. (Howey) In repertory with Cabaret through October 29 at the Hanna, 2067 East 14th St. Tickets are $15 to $70 at 216-241-6000 or greatlakestheater.org.
Tigers Be Still: A dark comedy from playwright Kim Rosenstock, Tigers runs from Oct. 21 through Nov. 13 at Dobama Theatre, 2340 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts. Tickets are $10 to $26 at 216-932-3396 or dobama.org.