A few months ago, while on the Gordon Square Food Tour, I got a peek at Cleveland Public Theatre. Since then, I’ve been wanting to check out a performance. CPT puts on unique, artist-driven shows and adds an interesting element to Cleveland’s booming theater scene.
Founded in 1981, Cleveland Public Theatre’s vision is that theater can transform an urban neighborhood. CPT has long been part of the Detroit-Shoreway/Gordon Square area and is one of the strongholds in that area’s renaissance.
One of the adventurous works that CPT has in store this season is poor little Lulu. The heroine, Lulu, lives of life of being passed from man to man until she ends up in the arms of Jack the Ripper. What happens is a bit of a cautionary fable, a bit of a cabaret, and a whole lot of fun.
poor little Lulu is written and directed by Matthew Earnest, who has worked with Cleveland Public Theatre in 2010 with his play “Wanderlust.” CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgun said, “We wanted to bring Earnest back, because of his vibrant vision and his caring approach to devising new work. He is bold, fun, and sexy, and brings a great energy to the stage for audiences to enjoy.”
Sounds like a can’t-miss show! poor little Lulu opens Friday, March 9 and runs on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays through Saturday, March 24 at the James Levin Theatre (the original CPT home). Tickets range from $10-$25, so this is quite an affordable way to see some fantastic theater. Also, Friday shows are “Free Beer Fridays!” Click here to purchase tickets. Hope to see you there!
***Disclosure: I was asked by Cleveland Public Theatre to help promote one of its shows. In exchange, I will receive two tickets to the show. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***