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ISLAND SHORTS

Back by popular demand, City Theatre’s ISLAND SHORTS returns to Key Biscayne for a limited engagement of only three performances in the Island Room of the Key Biscayne Community Center on February 5, 6 and 7, 2016.  Presented with the support of the Village of Key Biscayne, The Key Biscayne Community Foundation and the Key Biscayne Community Center, City Theatre’s ISLAND SHORTS will serve to strengthen the Village of Key …more…

BETTER THAN MONEY

The Playgroup, LLC is happy to announce the return of popular playwright Joe Feinstein with an insightful comedy, BETTER THAN MONEY.   WW II is over, but WW III is just starting for the Noodlemans. The well laid plans of the mother, Gussie, veer in unexpected directions in the face of the secret desires of the rest of the family.

“A terrific cast is bringing the Noodleman family to life with humor, …more…

Cocksucker: A Love Story!

Written & Directed by Ronnie Larsen, Cocksucker: A Love Story!, is a play about people looking for anonymous sex, and the extreme lengths they go to find it. Truck stops, porn theaters, strip clubs, a military base and even the White House are backdrops in this funny and touching play about strangers looking for sex, connection, intimacy and maybe even love.  Cocksucker: A Love Story! will be appearing at …more…

Who Killed Joan Crawford?

Island City Stage presents the play Who Killed Joan Crawford? written by Tony Award nominated playwright-director Michael Leeds.  “I remember reading something about Joan Crawford, which wasn’t very flattering, and for some reason I thought of the title Who Killed Joan Crawford?”, says Leeds, ”I liked it so much, I decided to back it up with a play!”   “I’ve never written a comedic mystery before,” he continues, ”but I’ve always been an Agatha Christie fan, and I still have all of her …more…

My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy

The Palm Beaches Theatre presents My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy February 4 – March 27, 2016. It’s Actor/Comedian Brad Zimmerman’s hilarious and inspiring story
about the grit and passion required to ‘make it’ as an artist and the sweet rewards that come from never giving up on your dream.

Brad Zimmerman’s My Son the Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy is the story of one man’s struggle to fulfill his dream and …more…

Reborning

Arts Garage in Delray Beach presents the thought provoking play Reborning by Zayd Dohrn. This psychological thriller about the power of creation centers around a sculptress in New York City, named Kelly, who has the unique ability to “recreate” someone’s past. But when the mysterious Emily proposes a special project, Kelly is unprepared for the consequences of revisiting history.

Zayd Dohrn is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. His full-length plays include …more…

Ringing True

Miami Theater Center (MTC) is proud to present Ringing True, the second Sandbox Series performance of the 2015-2016 season. A one-woman musical with a live band, Ringing True will be presented at the SandBox, an intimate black-box theater next to MTC’s main stage.

Written and performed by Rebecca Joy Fletcher in collaboration with Miami director Michael Yawney and acclaimed off-Broadway music director Bob Goldstone, Ringing True tells the almost true story …more…

A Jew Grows in Brooklyn

A Jew Grows in Brooklyn  - Ehrenreich’s “rock ‘n roll true story, Holocaust family, Borscht Belt” autobiographical comedy sold out when it played at Aventura last season. After a record-breaking success at the historic Lambs Theater in the heart of Broadway in 2006-2007, and a reprise in 2012, Jake Ehrenreich returns to South Florida and the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center for a limited run of just four encore performances …more…

The Journey: The Story of Your Life

Arts at Saint John’s, Outré Theatre Company, and LLF Productions are proud to announce an artistic collaboration that spans the Southeast: the original musical The Journey: The Story of Your Life by Kristen Long and C. Stefan Morrisette. The Journey returns to South Florida, where it was first seen as an Outré concert production in January 2013, in a full production helmed by composer/writer Kristen Long and Outré Managing Director …more…

Palm Beaches Theatre Announces New Season of Shows

The audience has spoken, and The Palm Beaches Theatre is listening, adding popularly demanded shows to its upcoming season line-up including the touring production of SEX WITH STRANGERS, and the return of LIFE! WHO KNEW? Songs of Broadway show. The encore performances join other scheduled hits including SARGE: THE CHANUKAH CHUTZPAH TOUR, YOU SHOULD BE DANCIN’, a special tribute to the Four Seasons and a special wine tasting with music …more…

Carnival

Stage Door Theatre presents the musical Carnival January 22 – February 28, 2016.  Acclaimed for its magic, simplicity, and compassion, Carnival blends music, comedy, and pathos into what has been referred to as “America’s Magical Musical”. Adapted from the 1953 film Lili, which was in turn based on short story by Paul Gallico (‘The Man Who Hated People’), Carnival tells the tale of Lili, an orphan, who arrives at a small …more…

Songs for a New World

Now in its inaugural season, Marquee Theater Company presents Songs for a New World featuring music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown.  Originally produced Off-B roadway in 1995 for a limited three and a half week run at the WPA Theatre, Songs for a New World was Jason Robert Brown’s first produced show.   He and director Daisy Prince put together songs he had written for other venues and events, resulting …more…

Unlikely Heroes

Family Pool Productions presents Unlikely Heroes, a new play by first time playwright Dr. Charles Gluck January 28 – February 21, 2016 at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center in Boca Raton. “Unlikely Heroes is a play about circumstance and dynamics,” explains Gluck.  “It speaks to the fragility of stability and the delicate nature of ‘normal’ familial relationships. It’s a play about family – a dysfunctional family – but I …more…

The Jackie Mason Musical

The Jackie Mason Musical begins at a deli in Miami in 1977, where Jackie, a renown 46 year old comedian, spots twenty-something Ginger (played by Jackie’s own daughter – comedian Sheba Mason). Along for the ride is her overbearing mom, Mrs. Olivier and a hilarious cast of six. Soon Jackie is wooing her each winter whenever he’s in South Florida while churning up laughs with the South Beach set. The …more…

The Jazz Singer

A musical version of The Jazz Singer based upon the 1925 play by Samson Raphaelson will run from January 8th through January 24th at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park Raphaelson’s play is based upon his own short story ‘The Day of Atonement’, written after he attended the musical Robinson Crusoe, Jr. in Chicago in 1917 starring a 37 year-old singer named Al Jolson.  To Raphaelson, Jolson’s performance, particularly …more…

Run For Your Wife

Main Street Players presents a staged reading of the hilarious British farce Run For Your Wife by Ray Cooney, directed by John Olivera.  A London cab driver, John Smith, is leading a double life, complete with two wives and two residences. He manages to juggle them successfully, until he ends up in the hospital following a mugging incident. When he gives the hospital two different addresses and the police …more…

Who Killed Joan Crawford?

On a dark, stormy night five men arrive at a cabin for a soap opera star’s surprise birthday party.  Each guest has been asked to dress as the birthday boy’s favorite movie star, Joan Crawford, in one of her signature roles.  And the results aren’t pretty.  As they wait for the star to arrive, the five “Joans” begin drinking and dishing, and dark secrets emerge.  Soon there’s one less Joan.  … Who killed …more…

Thrill Me

 Outré Theatre Company is proud to present the return of Thrill Me by Stephen Dolginoff. This limited engagement runs only a single weekend in the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, FL. 

Conor Walton and Mike Westrich return to the stage to reprise their roles as Richard Loeb and Nathan …more…

It’s A Wonderful Life

The 2015-16 Abdo New River Room Theater Series at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts continues with the heartwarming holiday classic It’s A Wonderful Life, presented by Arts Radio Network Theatre Project and the Broward Center on Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. 

As with the movie of the same name, It’s A Wonderful Life tells the inspirational story of the self-doubting do-gooder George Bailey and …more…

The Vivian Vance Story

Jan McArt presents a staged reading of Eric H. Weinberger’s play with music The Vivian Vance Story as the first installment of Lynn University’s 2015- 2016 Play Reading Series at the Wold Performing Arts Center. Jan McArt runs an award-winning play reading series at Lynn University, where playwrights get the chance to bring a new play to life, working with a cast and a director for six days – all the …more…

The Point

Mad Cat Theatre Company continues its popular concert series MAD CAT LIVE! with their presentation of Harry Nilsson’s The Point, an all ages concert about a boy named Oblio and his dog Arrow. Oblio is the only round-headed person in the Pointed Village, where by law everyone and everything must have a point.  Oblio and Arrow end up on a search to find out what exactly lies beyond the Pointed …more…

Stripped

Zoetic Stage and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County are proud to present Stripped, a world premiere about a woman’s struggle for true freedom written by Christopher Demos-Brown, the author of the award-winning plays Fear Up Harsh and Captiva. Playing November 5 – 22, 2015 in the intimate Carnival Studio Theater (Ziff Ballet Opera House), Stripped launches Zoetic Stage’s 5th anniversary season at the Arsht …more…

Newsies

Set in New York City in the summer of 1899, Newsies centers on newsboy Jack Kelly, the leader of a ragged band of teenaged newsboys who live mostly on the streets. From his make-shift rooftop home Jack dreams of a better life far away in Santa Fe. He paints pictures of what he thinks it would like for a backdrop of a nearby theatre, owned by kindly Medda Larken. His …more…

The Wedding Warrior

Fort Lauderdale audiences seeking a good laugh will soon have an exciting, but limited, opportunity to catch Casey Dressler’s hilarious one-woman comedy, The Wedding Warrior based on Dressler’s experiences as a wedding coordinator in her hometown of, Islamorada in the Florida Keys. 

The Wedding Warrior follows Casey, a 30-something, single wedding coordinator as she combats the mayhem and mishaps that lead up to matrimony. Better off wed? That is just one …more…

The Frogs

16th Century, Inc. and Evening Star productions will collaborate to present two FREE concert performances of Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs on Thursday, November 19th (a preview performance) and Friday, November 20th at Studio One in Ft. Lauderdale.  

 
Freely adapted from Aristophanes’ Greek comedy by Sondheim’s frequent collaborator Burt Shevlove, The Frogs was first presented as part of the Yale Repertory Theatre’s 1974 season in the university’s gymnasium’s swimming pool.  In Aristophanes’ version, the …more…

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