MERRIMAN VALLEY — Terrence Spivey, artistic director at Karamu Performing Arts Theatre, will lead Weathervane Community Playhouse’s cast in August Wilson’s landmark play, “Fences,” Oct. 11-29. Last May, Spivey directed the staged reading of Bridgette Wimberly’s “Saint Lucy’s Eyes,” with Ruby Dee and Bill Cobbs, at the Cleveland Play House celebrating the 90th anniversary of both Karamu and Cleveland Play House. A complete performance schedule for “Fences” can be found at www.weather vaneplayhouse.com. Tickets range from $14 to $20 and are available by calling (330) 836-2626. Half-price student rush tickets may be purchased at the door 30 minutes before show time with identification, pending availability.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Largely Literary Theater Company will stage “The Tell-Tale Play,” a two-act collection of poems and stories by Edgar Allan Poe, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Akron-Summit County Public Library’s Main Branch, 60 S. High St. Arranged and directed by Mark Dawidziak, the play is designed for high school students and older. Three area actors — Tom Stephan, Sara Showman and Alex Nine — will interpret Poe’s works, telling the audience along the way about the writer’s short but eventful life and career. Three of Poe’s classic short stories will be presented: “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Masque of the Red Death.” Also included are three of his major poems: “The Raven,” “Annabel Lee” and “The Bells.” Other poems in the play include “Alone,” “Eldorado,” “Dreamland” and “Spirits of the Dead.” The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call (330) 643-9091.
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The University of Akron (UA) School of Dance, Theatre and Arts Administration will present “Cabaret” Oct. 19-21 and 26-28 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. at Daum Theatre in Kolbe Hall, 328 Buchtel Common on the UA campus. This musical’s mature content may not be suitable for younger audiences. “Cabaret” won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical of the 1966-67 season. The UA production will be directed by faculty member Susan Speers, choreographed by MaryAnn Black and feature scene designs by faculty member Adel Migid and costume designs by Justin Verdin. The role of the Master of Ceremonies will be played by Akron resident Ryan McMullen, and the role of Sally Bowles will be played by UA student Amanda Christine Purlaky. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $6 for seniors and UA faculty, staff and students. For reservations, call (330) 972-7895. Visit www3.uakron.edu/dtaa for more information.