An amateur writer pens her memories and unwittingly sparks the family drama she had hoped to avoid in Telling Lives, a new work by award-winning playwright Faye Sholiton. The full-length play is part of Dobama's new GYMrep program, showcasing productions from local talents. Performances continue in repertory with The Mighty Scarabs (see below) through Feb. 5 at 2340 Lee Rd. in Cleveland Heights. Tickets are $15 at 216-932-3396 or dobama.org, where you'll find a complete performance schedule. — Elaine T. Cicora
ALSO ONSTAGE THIS WEEK:
Anyone Can Whistle: Lakeland Civic Theatre presents this 1964 absurdist satire with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Feb. 3 through 19 at 7700 Clocktower Dr. in Kirtland. Tickets are $7 to $15 at 440-525-7526. Learn more at lakelandcc.edu.
At-TEN-tion Span: Cleveland Public Theatre offers nine original short plays devised by some of Cleveland's cleverest creators. Through Feb. 4. Tickets are $10 to $15. Also: Big Box: CPT's annual series of new works continues with The Berlioz Project: A Multi-Disciplinary, Multi-Media, Multi-Venue Rock Opera. Feb. 2 through 4 at 6415 Detroit Ave. General admission is $15. Get tickets at 216-631-2727 or cptonline.org.
The Bluest Eye: Based on the novel by Toni Morrison, this Karamu production explores the toll of racism. Feb. 3 through 26 at 2355 East 89th St. Tickets are $10 to $25 at 216-795-7077 or at karamuhouse.org.
Lower Ninth: Two men, a corpse, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina anchor this exploration of faith by Beau Willimon. Feb. 2 through 29 at Ensemble Theatre, 2843 Washington Blvd. in Cleveland Hts. Tickets are $10 to $20 at 216-321-2930, or online at ensemble-theatre.org.
The Mighty Scarabs: Twenty years have passed since the East Tech basketball team captured the state championship. But did that one shining moment ultimately contribute to their demise? That's the question posed by The Mighty Scarabs, by award-winning playwright Cornell Hubert Calhoun III. Through Feb. 2 at Dobama, 2340 Lee Rd. in Cleveland Hts. Tickets are $15 at 216-932-3396 or dobama.org.
NEOMFA Playwrights Festival: Convergence-Continuum presents two new plays by local playwrights: Plant Life by Michael Williams (Feb. 2 through 4) and Nothing Funny by Jarod Witkowski (Feb. 9 through 11), at the Liminis Theater, 2438 Scranton Rd. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students at 216-687-0074 or convergence-continuum.org.
Spring Awakening: In collaboration with Baldwin-Wallace College, Beck Center presents this Tony Award-winning rock musical exploring the sometimes-turbulent journey to adulthood. Feb. 3 through March 4 at 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood. Tickets start at $15 at 216-521-2540 or at beckcenter.org.
Ten Chimneys: Cleveland Play House presents a backstage comedy based on the private lives of theater legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, starring Emmy Award-winning actress Mariette Hartley. Through Feb. 5 in the Allen Theatre's Second Stage, 1407 Euclid Ave. at Playhouse Square. Tickets are $49 to $69; call 216-241-6000 or learn more at clevelandplayhouse.org.