New: weekend show info by phone

You can now phone in to check ticket availability on Near West Theatre show weekends — or to tell us you won’t be using tickets you bought. Here’s how it works. For the final three performances of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (May 17, 18, 19), telephone ticket sales will end as usual, for the weekend, at 4 p.m. Friday. After that you can still make advance purchases online. Or you can buy in person at the theater, 3606 Bridge Ave., Cleveland, starting 1 hour before show time. What’s new is that we’ll keep our box office phone line open all weekend for two reasons:

  1. in case you want to ask about ticket availability; or,
  2. so you can tell us you won’t be using tickets you purchased in advance, allowing us to free up your seats and accommodate other patrons.

Just call our regular ticket line, 216-961-6391, and you’ll reach a mobile phone answered by cheerful, efficient Near West staffer Kelcie Dugger (or you’ll reach voice mail if she’s swamped or it’s the middle of the night). Please note: she still can’t make reservations for you if it’s not 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a weekday. But she can help you with items (1) and (2) above.

Brel, by the way, is a sight to behold, reviewed well by Thomas Mulready at CoolCleveland.com. The show is by turns raucous, tender, irreverent and touching. Here are pictures from a few scenes. We hope to see you there.

Kevin Kelly (foreground) with (in background, L. to R.) Roberta McLaughlin, Quin Galvin (partially obscured), John Thobaben, Coco Smith and Eric Thomas Fancher during a Jacques Brel rehearsal. Photos by Terry Schordock.

Kevin Kelly (foreground) with (in background, L. to R.) Roberta McLaughlin, Quin Galvin (partially obscured), John Thobaben, Coco Smith and Eric Thomas Fancher during a Jacques Brel rehearsal. Photos by Terry Schordock.

Brel's director, Artistic Director Bob Navis Jr., is himself on stage -- a rare occurence at Near West.

Brel’s director, Artistic Director Bob Navis Jr., is himself on stage — a rare occurrence at Near West.

Actors hit the stage and start warming up just about as soon as the audience starts to arrive.

Actors take stage and start warming up just about as soon as the audience arrives.

Musical director Jordan Cooper channels Edith Piaf.

Musical director Jordan Cooper channels Edith Piaf.

Joy and irreverence gives way at times to war, death and mourning -- here, with Cory Markowitz and Colin Bigley.

Joy and irreverence give way at times to war, death and mourning — here, with Cory Markowitz and Colin Bigley.

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