Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Scene for December 6, 2013

This may be the busiest week of theatre this season: eight professional productions are opening this weekend, as well as three community theatre productions.  We pity the poor reviewers, slogging across the region to catch them all.
Eleven plays opening the same week!?!?!  Where does that happen?
Right here, my dears.  In South Florida.  At Monday’s South Florida Theatre League Holiday Party, Andie Arthur announced that there were just over sixty theatre companies on the rolls of the League.
Here's what's playing on the scene this weekend.

Palm Beach Dramaworks mounts The Lion in Winter, through January 5th.  Once upon a time this play was staged under the same roof and opened in the same slot: but in December 1981, the corner was occupied by The Stage Company.  More than the name of the theatre has changed since then.
The Maltz Jupiter Theatre opens its production of Annie, featuring Vickie Lewis as Miss Hannigan.  Boy, does she have pipes!
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre opens Making God Laugh in its intimate Balcony Theater.
The Plaza Theatre revives I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, through December 22.
The Eight: Reindeer Monologues is a fundraiser for Kutumba Theatre Project at Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale (Dec. 6-13). Call now if you’re interested; some dates are already sold out.
Empire Stage presents The Santaland Diaries, because someone had to.  Through December 22.
Boca Raton Theatre Guild opens its production of RESPECT at the Mizner Park Studio Theatre.
Meanwhile, The Women’s Theatre Project opens The Lyons at the Willow Theatre at Sugar Sands Park, the usual home of the Theatre Guild.

you still haven't missed...
GableStage presents My Name is Asher Lev at its intimate space in the Biltmore Hotel, through December 22.
Showtime Performing Arts Theatre opens Nunsense, through December 15.
The Miami Theater Center brings back its production of The Red Thread.
The Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre bring back My Son, The Waiter – A Jewish Tragedy to the Byron Carlyle Theatre, through December 15.
Broward Stage Door presents The Last Night of Ballyhoo, through December 31.
The Wick Theatre offers Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, through December 25th.  Note that they tend towards a 7:30 curtain!
Laffing Matterz is back for another season of dinner, music, and outrageous original comedy at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Thursdays through Saturdays, with some Sunday matinees.

passing through...
The National Tour of The Book of Mormon plays  at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  While the run is nearly sold out, some tickets can still be had.  Better yet, they’ll be holding a ticket lottery before every show, where a few remaining unsold tickets can be had for $25 a pop.
The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts may not be honoring its legal obligations with the stagehands’ union, but they’re still finding the funds to bring in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the famed Rockettes through December 8th.

last chance to see...
New Theatre's production of My First, My Fist, My Bleeding Seeded Spirit plays at Artistic Vibes, through December 8; at least, as of this posting, they haven't announced plans to move the production back to the Roxy.  


Lake Worth Playhouse presents The Game’s Afoot through December 8.

Delray Beach Playhouse presents Driving Miss Daisy through December 13.
Area Stage has the kids doing Monty Python’s Spamalot through December 15.
Andrews Living Arts Studio presents a stage version of It’s A Wonderful Life, through December 21.
The West Boca Theatre Company opens From Door To Door, through December 22. 
The J’s Cultural Arts Theater presents Fiddler on the Roof through December 22.

for kids...
Showtime Performing Arts Theatre presents Story of the Nutcracker through January 5.
Madeline’s Christmas returns to the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theater through December 22.
Seussical the Musical is playing at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts: by kids, for kids.

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