Friday, May 30, 2008

The Scene for May 30, 2008 UPDATED

It's almost June in South Florida. We're now into the days of the daily deluge, and eyeglasses that fog up when you step outside.

Must be time for Summer Shorts.

This is the thirteenth year for the short play festival, and not only is there no signs of aging, it's still growing; in addition to its usual bill of "Program A" or Program B", City Theatre has added "Shorts 4 Kids," for they, you know, the kids, and "Undershorts," an edgier late-night set of plays for, um, not the kids.

The Herald's story is here. It includes photos of the production, video clips, and an interview with artistic director Stuart Meltzer.

"We're doing 30 plays I'm unbelievably proud of. I read every one, picked them. I'm proud of the material and the aesthetic. I looked at what made the festival successful -- which is to respect the playwright.''

Christine Dolen is plugging Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad on her blog. It's a one-off this Saturday at the Alfred I Dupont building in Miami. Tickets are $18, available through or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Email The Open Tent for more info.

She also reminds us that Rafael de Acha's Theater by the Book company is presenting another reading this Sunday. It's got an all-star cast appearing at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center.

New Times ran its Summer Shorts story last week. I guess Brandon's on vacation this week, because if you believe the New Times, there is no theater this week.

The Sun-Sentinel reports that the Stage Door Theatre has given up the space in Wilton Manors, but has a full season planned for its main (and now only) base of operations in Coral Springs. They are running the one-woman show Filler Up through June 8. The theater at Wilton Manors will be re-opened by G-Four productions in the near future, although no dates have been announced.
Jack Zink also brings us up to speed on upcoming events at several local companies, including New Theatre, Palm Beach DramaWorks, and the Jesus Quintero Studio. Good news: if you missed the Studio's production of The Sorrows of Young Werther, they're remounting it at the Miami Light Box's Light Box Studio at 3000 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami. Starst Thursday

Hap Erstein at the Palm Beach Post finally saw Body of Water at the Mosaic Theatre:
Clement and Dimon subtly emphasize the normalcy and frustration of an erased brain, a condition we all fear is around the corner. Far more self-aware yet just as enigmatic is Dean's Wren - helpmate or tormentor? - and the actress shows why she has quickly become one of the area's most compelling stage performers.

Director Richard Jay Simon lends his usual deft touch, injecting dramatic variety to a play that could have come off as merely one-note. The increasingly assured Mosaic Theatre wades into Blessing's murky waters and adventuresome audience members will be enriched by dipping in their toes.
Nice review, Hap. But where the hell were you the previous four weeks of the run? I haven't read four weeks of reviews in the Post. Shame on you!

But there are plays this weekend:

Body of Water closes this Sunday at the Mosaic Theatre in Plantation.

Palm Beach DramaWorks continues its run of the critically acclaimed production of Benefactors.

Ordinary Nation is still dealing at Florida Stage.

The Caldwell Theatre is offering Pete 'n' Keely through July 6.

And, of course, all the various Shorts programs by City Theatre, this week playing at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

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