One of the most popular plays by the Bard of Avon, “Hamlet,” is presented in Jupiter tonight through July 19 at the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival’s 25th annual Shakespeare by the Sea. Ask yourself, “To be or not to be,” at the Seabreeze Amphitheater in Carlin Park. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 8 p.m. Guests should bring a lawn chair or blanket and picnic baskets. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is requested. For more information, go to PBShakespeare.org.
Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach, presents Stephen Sondheim’s ravishing and sophisticated musical, “A Little Night Music” in concert July 9 – 19 at the Ann and Don Brown Theater. The bittersweet show features the composer’s best known song, “Send in the Clowns.” Kevin David Thomas, who performed in the 2009 Broadway revival, serves as the music director and pianist for the performances. For tickets and information, go to PalmBeachDramaworks.org.
Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive in Fort Lauderdale, presents another campy spoof on ‘50s film noir, “Reflection of Evil: Die Sister Twin, Die!” The world premiere written and directed by Stacey Bean is a tribute to “A Stolen Life,” starring Bette Davis and Glenn Ford. Brooks Brasselman (“Mommie Queerest,” “Silver Balls,” “Facts of Life: The Lost Episodes”) returns in another gender-bending twist. Catch the production Thursdays – Sundays through Aug. 2. Tickets are $30 at EmpireStage.com.
For the past several summers, the Arsht Center in Miami has mounted outrageous performance pieces right on the stage of the Ziff Ballet Opera House. Remember “H20mbre” or “The Donkey Show”? This summer it’s “Lookingglass Alice,” a spectacular reimagining of the “Alice in Wonderland” tale with cirque-style acrobats and plenty of audience interaction with the cast from Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre. Playing though Aug. 16. Tickets start at $55 at ArshtCenter.org.
Last weekend, gay boys and straight women alike flocked to the local theater to drool over Channing Tatum and his band of hunky male strippers in “Magic Mike XXL.” This weekend, we’re trading beefcake for the lovably androgynous “Minions,” starring in their own animated feature. Finally, we get the hilarious back story of how they came to serve the lovably despicable villain, Gru. Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm provide celebrity voices. Check local listings for theaters and show times.
Russian pianist Svetlana Smolina will be joined by Yves Dharamraj on cello and Irina Schuck on violin tonight for “Russian Soul,” a chamber concert of works by Faure, Debussy, Massenet, Chopin and Liszt. The performance, hosted by the South Florida Symphony, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. at the Josephine S. Leiser Opera Center, 221 SW 3rd Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. The performance will be preceded by a reception with the artists. Tickets are $35 at SouthFloridaSymphony.org.