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Dane Leisure, founder and artistic director of the Rubber City Shakespeare Company, talked about his company's current production -- "King Lear" with a female lead. It's fabulous, according to one of our other guests, Lisa DeBenedictis, who introduced us to Dane. "Queen Lear," as we're calling the play, is set in 1980s Akron at the time of the breakup of the rubber companies. Dane says his company, which performs in the former First Presbyterian Church at 647 E. Market, strives to make every production relevant and accessible to modern audiences. And the venue is a beautiful setting with terrific acoustics, Lisa says. For tickets or more information, call 234.252.0272 or visit the website. Soon, the name of the company will be changed to Rubber City Theater to better reflect the range of plays that it produces.

In addition to being a huge fan of Dane's Rubber City theater company and of our other guest's store, which we'll talk about next, Lisa is a former screenwriter and the author of "Short Skirts and Shorter Stories: Musings on Life, Love and Lust." The book is available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble online.

Meralie Pocock, owner of Mr. Fun's Costume and Magic Emporium, has been extremely busy this month with costume emergencies. Who knew that there were such things? Mr. Fun's has 18,000 square feet of merchandise and space used for custom costume creation and repair. It's located in a former roller rink at 4130 State Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls. The store is bursting at the seams, Meralie says, so she and her friendly staff are holding an indoor sidewalk sale to clear up space. It will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 23-24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 330.923.3339 or visit the website.

Finally, the NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) is having its Remodeled Home Show at scattered sites this weekend throughout Northeast Ohio. For the event program, visit the website.




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