The Playhouse Children’s Theater Company presents “Cleo’s Cafe” Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 3 p.m. through May 31 at The Playhouse, 107 Church St. Tickets are $5 and seats are limited; call 338-5777 for reservations.

Carol Lauck’s play tells the tale of Cleo, who wants to buy and manage the cafe where she works. She tries to convince Pierre, an excitable chef who flies into tantrums over lost recipes and gives musical French lessons, to be her partner. Pierre reluctantly agrees with one condition: Cleo must regain the customers lost by the former manager. A puppeteer offers some unusual help and chaos ensues. Directed by Mary Weaver, the cast features Jane Rubin, Alaura Hink, Ada Curry, Marina Bannister, Dana Anderson and Luna Carlson.

The Playhouse is supported by CLAP! Inc., a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. The show is funded in part by the Basil Burwell Foundation. For more information, email

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