Mirror Jan. 2017: Regional Theater

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Before Night Falls.

South Florida boasts one of the most vibrant regional theater scenes in the country. This winter and spring, audiences can enjoy classic  American plays at Palm Beach Dramaworks, hit musicals at  Actors Playhouse,  Maltz and The Wick,  LGBT-themed works at  Island City Stage and world premieres by local playwrights at Zoetic Stage.

But, there’s more....

 

The First Step – Diary of a Sex Addict

Island City Stage

Jan. 12 – Feb. 12

Island City Stage

Originally conceived as a short play several years ago, Island City Stage’s associate artistic director, Michael Leeds, has written a full-length comedy receiving its regional premiere at the LGBT-centric theater. IslandCityStage.org.

 

West Side Story

The Wick Theatre

Jan. 12 – Feb. 19

The Wick Theatre

If you don’t know the story and the score of this classic musical, you must surrender your gay card immediately. The tale of ill-fated young lovers gets a fresh production at The Wick in Boca Raton. TheWick.org.

 

Titanic

Slow Burn Theatre Company

Jan. 19 – Feb. 5

Broward Center

This Tony Award-winning Best Musical is based on the real people who sailed on the “ship of dreams” in 1912. Slow Burn tackles this massive show at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater. SlowBurnTheatre.org

 

Sunday in the Park with George

Zoetic Stage

Jan. 19 – Feb. 12

Arsht Center

Inspired by Georges Seurat’s landmark painting, “Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” “Sunday in the Park with George” is the latest Stephen Sondheim musical to be tackled by the capable team at Zoetic. ArshtCenter.org.

 

Between Riverside and Crazy

GableStage

Jan. 22 – Feb. 19

GableStage

Joe Adler’s GableStage tackles this Pulitzer Prize-winning play from Stephen Adly Guirgis, author of “The Motherfucker with the Hat.” A retired police officer must confront questions of life and death. GableStage.org.

 

Carousel

Actors Playhouse

Feb. 1 – 26

Miracle Theatre

Richard Rodgers’ groundbreaking score to this heartbreaking love story includes classic
showtunes, including “If I Loved You,” “June is Bustin’ Out All Over” and Billy Bigelow’s famous “Soliloquy.” ActorsPlayhouse.org.

 

Xanadu

Slow Burn Theatre

Feb. 2 – March 5

Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 
Crest Theater, Broward Center

Strap on your rollerskates for this optimistic, disco-infused musical about a Greek muse’s adventures in Venice Beach. AventuraCenter.org, OldSchoolSquare.org, BrowardCenter.org.

 

Collected Stories

Palm Beach Dramaworks

Feb. 3 – March 5

Don & Ann Brown Theatre

Loyalty vs. creative freedom is the moral issue at the center of this play by Donald Margulies, as an established author’s protégée writes a novel based on her mentor’s affair with a famous poet. PalmBeachDramaworks.com.

 

Shooting Porn 

Ronnie Larsen Presents

Feb. 9 – March 12

Empire Stage

Not to be confused with Ronnie Larsen’s Off Broadway hit, “Making Porn,” this new play, in its Florida premiere, takes audiences behind the scenes at a porn shoot for some “good, dirty fun.” RonnieLarsen.com.

 

Disgraced

Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Feb. 12 – 26

Maltz Jupiter Theatre

There are some things that you just shouldn’t discuss at a party. What begins as innocent table conversation among four friends explodes when the topic turns to current events. But will their friendship survive? ArshtCenter.org

 

¡Fuácata! or A Latina’s Guide to Surviving the Universe

Zoetic Stage

Feb. 23 – March 12

Arsht Center

This one-woman tour-de-force performance brings more than 20 Latina women to life on stage by weaving together tales of love, marriage, immigration, and identity. ArshtCenter.org.

 

Guys and Dolls

The Wick Theatre

March 9 – April 9

The Wick Theatre

“Guys and Dolls” weaves together a tale of old-time gangsters, hot-box girls, and gambling. Join high-roller Nathan Detroit, Adelaide, Sky Masterson and Sarah in this classic musical comedy. TheWick.org.

 

Gypsy

Maltz Jupiter Theater

March 21 – April 9

Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Inspired by the memoirs of the legendary burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, this classic follows the dreams and efforts of a relentless stage mother to get her two daughters into show business. PalmBeachDramaworks.com.

 

All the Way

Actors Playhouse

March 22 – April 9

Miracle Theatre

One man. One year. One chance to change America. For a masterful politician with towering ambition, 1964 was a pivotal year in American history and Lyndon Baines Johnson sat at the center of it all. ActorsPlayhouse.org.

 

Arcadia

Palm Beach Dramaworks

March 31 – April 30

Don & Ann Brown Theatre

Set in a stately house and two different centuries, this comedy by Tom Stoppard explores great mysteries of science and art, and illuminates the human desire to make connections, both intellectual and romantic. PalmBeachDramaworks.org.

 

Son

Island City Stage

April 6 – May 7

Island City Stage

Island City Stage presents the world premiere of James L. Beller’s play, “Son.”  On the morning of their wedding, the teenaged son of a lesbian couple is confronted with a shocking accusation. IslandCityStage.org.

 

OPERA

 

Eugene Onegin

Florida Grand Opera

Jan. 28 – Feb. 11

Arsht Center, Broward Center

Tchaikovsky’s monumental opera unfolds when the narcissistic young Onegin spurns the affections of a sensitive young girl, turns a pistol on his best friend,and is left only with regret. Russian with English and Spanish supertitles.FGO.org.

 

Don Pasquale

Palm Beach Opera

Feb. 19 – 21

Kravis Center

Don Pasquale tries to meddle with a young man and woman in love. They get back at him by playing the prank of a lifetime—she marries him! Italian with English supertitles. PBOpera.org.

 

Ariadne auf Naxos

Palm Beach Opera

Feb. 18 – 20

Kravis Center

Richard Strauss combines a tragic opera with a romantic farce in lavish 18th century Vienna. When a wealthy man throws an opulent party to dazzle his guests, proverbial fireworks erupt. German with English supertitles. PBOpera.org.

 

Before Night Falls

Florida Grand Opera

March 18 – 25

Arsht Center

Based on the famous memoir of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas by Jorge Martín, this opera follows Arenas’ life from childhood poverty in the Cuban countryside to his emigration to the United States in the 1980 Mariel boatlift, and his last decade in New York City.  Disillusioned by the Cuban Revolution and persecuted by the Castro regime as a dissident writer and homosexual, the opera follows his trials and tribulations as a political prisoner forced to smuggle his manuscripts abroad for publication. English and Spanish with English and Spanish supertitles.FGO.org


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