Friday, May 22, 2015

The Scene for May 22, 2015

For many, Memorial Day marks the beginning of Summer, and who are we to argue?
But even though south Florida theatre traditionally slows down during the summer, and despite the fact that this a long holiday weekend for most, there’s still a lot of things to see across south Florida.  From light musicals to sultry jazz, from drama to comedy, you’ll find something you like. 
Here’s what’s playing this week on The Scene:

Palm Beach Dramaworks: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (reviews)

LadyDay PBDPalm Beach Dramaworks opened its production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill on May 15, 2015.
Just four months before her death, the great Billie Holiday takes the stage at a watering hole in Philadelphia, where she relates the story of her hard-knock life and triumphantly shares more than a dozen songs.
J. Barry Lewis directed a cast that featured Tracy Conyer Lee and Brian Whitted.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Actors’ Playhouse: The Book Club Play (reviews)

Actors PHActors’ Playhouse opened its production of The Book Club Play at the Miracle Theater on May 13, 2015.
THE BOOK CLUB PLAY is a delightful new comedy about books and the people who love them. When the members of a devoted book club become the subjects of a documentary filmmaker, their intimate discussions of life and literature take on a new meaning with the camera rolling. Add in the unexpected arrival of a provocative new member, and the sudden inclusion of some questionable titles, and long-standing group dynamics take a hilarious turn. This engaging new play is sprinkled with wit, joy and novels galore.
David Arisco directed a cast that featured Michael McKeever, Barbara Sloan, Stephen G. Anthony, Niki Fridh, Lela Elam, and Paul Tei.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Zoetic Stage: Betrayal (reviews)

home_betrayal2Zoetic Stage opened its production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on May 14, 2015.
Sexy, smart and provocative, Betrayal explores the tangled lives of Emma and Jerry, as they engage in a passionate love affair, deceiving their spouses, each other and even themselves. Telling the story in reverse chronological order, Pulitzer Prize-winning Harold Pinter innovatively explores the complexities of love, guilt and duplicity in this award winning masterpiece.
Stuart Meltzer directed a cast that featured Chaz Mena, Amy McKenna, and Nicholas Richberg.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Scene for May 15, 2015

It’s starting to feel like summer out there, but the theatre season is still going strong across South Florida.


A couple of critically acclaimed shows close this weekend: it’s your last chance to catch  Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, A Chorus Line and The Little Dog Laughed. But if you want to see something that’s never produced, check out The Skin of Our Teeth at New World School of the Arts.  It was a game-changer when it was introduced, and it remains a personal favorite.

Here’s what’s playing this week on The Scene:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Wick Theatre: Dames at Sea (reviews)

Dames-At-Sea_CV_5x51The Wick Theater opened its production of Dames at Sea on May 7, 2015.
A long-running hit off-Broadway that brought stardom to Bernadette Peters, this campy song and dance show is based on the nostalgia of Hollywood musicals of the 30’s. Dames at Sea was selected as “Best Musical of the Year” by Time, Newsweek, and Outer Critics Circle.
Michael Ursua directed a cast that featured Blake Spellacy, Gabriel Zenone, Alex Jorth, Laura Hodos, Alison McCartan and Lindsay Bethea.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Scene for May 8, 2015

It’s fleet week in south Florida, and you have a choice of nautically-themed musicals to choose from: the national tour of Anything Goes, set on an ocean liner, plays at the Broward Center.  And The Wick Theater Company just opened their production of Dames At Sea.


The first is a 1930’s musical featuring a score by Cole Porter.  The second is a 1960’s spoof of a 1930’s musical, written  George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, with music  by Jim Wise.


Of course, the perfect musical for Fleet Week is On The Town, but it’s not playing locally.   And while you could grab a DVD of the movie or stream it, you can do that anytime.  So go see something live. And if you see a sailor – or any member of our military – be sure to thank them for their service.

Here’s what’s playing this week on The Scene: