Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Scene for July 17, 2009

A theater holds its first world premiere; a long-standing institution debuts a brand new stage, and a yeoman company presents a crisply written classic. And those are just the three productions that are opening this weekend!

The Actors' Playhouse summer show Married Alive! got a warm reception, and Artistic Director Clive Cholerton hits it out of the ballpark with the world premiere musical VICES: A Love Story at the iconic Caldwell Theatre, the first show of his tenure as top dog.

All in all, it is a great week to see great theatre in South Florida.


Private Lives opens to the public on July 17th at Palm Beach DramaWorks in West Palm Beach. It runs through August 16th. Read what The Drama Queen has to say about it.

Knish Alley makes its world premiere Friday at the Stage Door Theatre, and runs through August 30th, 2009.

Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival debuts in the new Seabreaze Ampitheatre at Jupiter's Carlin Park with A Midsummer Night's Dream. Admission is free, but donations gladly accepted (they lost a county grant when they gained the new stage).

still playing:

Married ALIVE! plays at the Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theater through Aug 16.

Vices: A Love Story sizzles at the Caldwell Theatre, and runs through August 2.

The 24th International Hispanic Theatre Festival, presented by Teatro Avante at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. It runs through July 26th. (In Spanish, some shows have subtitles: see website for details)

Still Jewish After All These Years: A Life in Theatre is being performed by its creator, Avi Hoffman, as the little theatre in Santaluces High School in Boynton Beach. It's his last-ditch attempt to raise money to save his troubled company, the New Vista Theatre. The tickets are modestly priced at $20, and I've actually played the Santaluces stage with a school tour a number of years back: it's a sweet little space, and conveniently located. Call 561-482-4144. It plays through August 2. Bring a friend, particularly if they are Adrienne Arsht.

Some Kind of Wonderful! at Florida Stage; it plays through August 30.

I Left My Heart...A Tribute to Tony Bennett, at Broward Stage Door, June 12 - Aug 2.

last chance to see:

Tu Ternura Molotov (Your Molotov Kisses) at Area Stage finishes its extended run July 19, 2009. (In Spanish, with English subtitles).

The M Ensemble opened I Just Stopped By to See the Man, by Stephen Jeffreys. It's not on their website, but you can call them at 305-899-2217. Be sure to remind them to update their website when you call! Closes Sunday, July 19.

The Sol Theatre Project winds up its final (?) production, Men on the Verge of a His-panic Breakdown on Saturday, July 18, 2009.

The New Century departs Gablestage July 19, 2009.

Bent finishes its critically well-received run at Rising Action Theatre Company July 19.

passing through:

Just in case Florida Stage's Some Kind of Wonderful! has got you hankering for more music of the 60's, the Fab Faux show why they are known as the world's greatest Beatles tribute band this Saturday at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale.

for kids:

Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre presents Stuart Little through August 1, 2009. Peak behind the scenes at The Playground.

Thomas the Tank Engine and all the people of the island of Sodor can be seen in Thomas and Friends LIVE: A Circus Comes to Town. This weekend only at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

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