Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Scene for December 11, 2015

We’ve finally got a little break in the weather this week.  And that means it’s a great excuse to see some live theatre!
If you’ve a hankering for brand new plays, you can either check out Two Weekends and a Day at New Theatre, or Theatre Lab’s New Play Festival.  Musicals?  All over the place.  Comedies?  We got’em.  Dramas?  You bet.  Something for the kids?  Hey, it’s the season, people!

Wanna see The NutcrackerMiami City Ballet is staging the George Balanchine’s version at The Broward Center this weekend, and the Arsht Center next weekend.  Meanwhile, Arts Ballet Theatre offers its own original staging at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center this weekend, and Parker Playhouse next weekend.  And if you’re looking for something “nutcracker-ish”, Meg Segreto Dance Center presents In the Nutcracker Mood at Parker Playhouse on Sunday.
Here’s what’s playing this week on The Scene:

New Theatre: Two Weekends and a Day (reviews)

New Theatre opened the world premiere production of Two Weekends and a Day on November 21, 2015.
Penned by local playwright Susan Westfall, this new work is set on one couple's beachside porch and another couple's country deck, over the course of two weekends and a day. This sexy and bittersweet play follows the friendship of four adults who, in the words of Jimmy Buffett, are growing older... and finally growing up through the most devastating moments in their lives... after mid-life crisis. The play was conceived with the help of the Cultural Affairs Departments Playwrighting Development Program alongside the mentorship of Deborah Zoe Laufer in 2014.
Ricky J. Martinez directed a cast that included Susie Kreitman Taylor, Barbara Sloan, R. Kent Wilson, Kim Ostrenko, Evelyn Perez, and Clinton Archambault.

Stage Door Theatre: Gypsy (reviews)

 The Broward Stage Door Theatre opened its production of Gypsy on November 20, 2015.
GYPSY is the ultimate story about an aggressive stage mother. Join Rose, June and Louise in their trip across the United States during the 1920′s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. Jule Styne’s music and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics include “Let Me Entertain You”, “Some People, You’ll Never Get Away from Me”, “If Momma Was Married”, “All I Need Is the Girl”, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, and “Together Wherever We Go.” GYPSY has been referred to as one of the greatest American musicals.
Dan Kelley directed a cast that featured Ann Marie Olson, Matthew Korinko, Kelly Ziegler, Erica Rose Mendez, Ellie Pattison, Stephanie Genovese and Christina Groom.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Scene for December 4, 2015

Now that we’ve transitioned into The Holiday Season, things are really cooking across South Florida. 
It’s your last chance to see the Slow Burn production of Dogfight, which moved from the Broward Center to the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center.  And speaking of shows you might have missed, Island City Stage has revived its smash hit Daniel’s Husband at the West Boca Theatre Company.
Two productions flying by this weekend: Mad Cat’s take on The Point, and the Arts Radio Network version of It’s A Wonderful Life.
Here’s what’s playing this week on The Scene:

Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Scene for November 27, 2015

We hope you're enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with your family; and if you feel like taking in a show after gorging on turkey and all the trimmings, Newsies actually has an 8pm performance at The Broward Center on Thanksgiving day.  Really.
No shows opening this week; surprising enough that there is one show performing on this holiday.  But there's plenty to see after a day of Black Friday shopping.
Here’s what’s playing this week on The Scene:

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Broward Center: Disney’s Newsies (reviews)

newsies2The national tour of Disney’s Newsies opened at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts on November 17, 2015.
Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss. Based on true events, NEWSIES tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right... and staying true to who you are.
Jeff Calhound directed a cast that included Zachary Sayle, Joey Barreiro, Morgan Keene, Stephen Michael Langton, Ethan Steiner, and John Michael Pitera.

Island City Stage: Angry Fags (reviews)

Angry-Fags-Logo-791x1024Island City Stage opened its production of Angry Fags at The Abyss Theatre on November 12, 2015.
This explosive play, which was recently produced at the Garage at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, is an uncompromising Oscar Wilde-meets-Fight Club fantasia” about how good ideas go bad, with fascinating forays into American politics, bomb building and pistachios. The play follows Bennet, a speechwriter for Georgia’s only gay congresswoman and his roomate Cooper as their fear and frustration turn to rage after the killing of Bennet’s ex. They come to the conclusion that “acceptance” as second class citizens isn’t enough and they quickly morph into a gay Thelma and Louise wreaking havoc with unintended consequences.
Andy Rogow directed a cast that featured Michael Scott Ross, Gretchen Porro, Craig Moody, Merry Jo Cortada, Sharyn Peeples, Jeffrey Leshansky, Kimberly Phillips, and Tracey Cramer.