Brian's Theatre Datebook November 2, 2011

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*Comedian Margaret Cho

On December 1, 2011, the fiercely blunt and provocative Margaret Cho will showcase her non-conformist brand of humor at the Broward Center’s Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Broward House is presenting the comedy Diva as part of their World AIDS Day commemoration. Tickets start at only $30 and are available at BrowardCenter.org/margaretcho

*Laffing Matterz

On Nov 3 come to The Broward Center for the Performing Arts and enjoy the Third season for local improv troupe combining a dinner with skits lampooning the absurdities of marriage, South Florida scandals, national politics and current events.  Performed Thursdays and Saturdays with some Sundays. Visit Browardcenter.org

*Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Sylvester uses magic to his benefit to make the rain stop and to escape a hungry lion; however, he learns magic also can work against him when he doesn’t know how to return home. The Enchantment Theatre Company uses life-size puppets, masked actors and magical illusions to teach the importance of family and friends and that prove there is no place like home. Takes place Nov 6, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Visit Browardcenter.org

*Charlotte’s Web

The Parker Playhouse will be showing Charlotte’s Web on Nov 9. E.B. White’s classic fairy tale in the Performance Project’s production brings to life the madcap and endearing characters of Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig, Templeton the rat and the rest of the farm animals as they learn about bravery, selflessness and the true meaning of friendship. Visit ParkerPlayhouse.com

*Lombardi

This is the story of legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi and his wife Marie. The play takes place mostly in November of 1965, when a young journalist from New York City, Michael McCormick, comes to live with the Lombardi family in order to write a story.  Takes place at Mosaic Theatre at the American Heritage Center for the Arts on Nov 10-Dec 4. Visit Mosaictheatre.com

*The Secret Garden

The Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts will be showing The Secret Garden on Oct. 28-Nov. 27. This is a moving musical with a soaring based on the classic children’s book. For more information visit Pptopa.com

*Guys and Dolls

In a dead heat with Gypsy for the title of best musical ever written, this classic is based on Damon Runyon’s short stories about Broadway gamblers, nightclub singers and Salvation Army babes funneled through a brilliant score by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows. Takes place Oct. 28-Dec 4 at Broward Stage Door Theatre. Visit Stagedoortheatre.com

The Glass Menagerie

Actors Community Theatre of Davie is presenting Tennessee WIlliams' classic play "The Glass Menagerie.” Performances run from Nov. 12 through Nov. 20, with Saturday performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday performances at 2 p.m., and a performance Friday evening, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. All performances are at the Pine Island Multi-Purpose Center. Call 305-823-5330 or 954-767-5637, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story

Based on the true story of Leopold and Loeb, the so-called thrill killers who murdered a young boy in 1924 in order to commit the perfect crime. While this crime was previously depicted in the film dramas Hitchcock's Rope and Compulsion, this is the first musical version, and the reveals the couple's mutual sexual attraction. Takes places Oct. 21-Nov. 20, Visit Risingactiontheatre.com

Beauty and the Beast

The most beautiful love story ever told comes to life at the Broward Center on Nov 15-27. Based on the Academy Award winning animation feature film, this eye popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 25 million people worldwide. Visit BrowardCenter.org

 

Palm Beach

*All My Sons

On Nov 12- Dec 4 Dramaworks opens their new space at the old Cuillo Centre with Arthur Miller’s early morality play about the cost of lying and the price of truth-telling. It examines a troubled family and a father who placed duty to his family above the lives of others, and now must face the consequences. Visit palmbeachdramaworks.org

*The Addams Family

On Nov 8-13 The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will be showing The Addams Family. A mainstream musical about a group of decidedly non-mainstream relatives based very loosely on the cartoons in The New Yorker, the ‘60s television sit-com and the films, it follows the family’s efforts to clean up their act to impress the parents of Wednesday’s upper crust fiancé. Visit Kravis.org

*The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife

On Nov 5-20 come to the Boca Raton theatre Guild at the Willow Theatre at Sugar Park and enjoy The Tale of the Allergist Wife. Marjorie Taub: shopaholic, avid reader, loved by her devoted husband… but her beloved psychiatrist has just died, her mother obsesses about her gastric track and her husband is now retired and devoted to sinus infections for the homeless. After a breakdown in The Disney Store, what is Marjorie to do? Visit Brtg.org

*The 39 Steps

On Nov 1-13 come to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre and enjoy this great play. Farcical retelling of the Alfred Hitchcock’s movie thriller which, in turn, retold John Buchan’s straight espionage novel. Mounted as an English music hall vaudeville piece, it features four actors with two human chameleons taking on scores and scores of different parts. Visit Jupitertheatre.org

*After The Revolution

Come to the Caldwell Theatre Between Oct 16-Nov 20 and see After the Revolution. After the Revolution is the story of the brilliant, promising Emma Joseph who proudly carries the torch of her family's Marxist tradition, devoting her life to the memory of her grandfather, much revered for refusing to “name names” during the McCarthy hearings.  For more information Visit Caldwelltheatre.com

All My Sons by Arthur Miller

This morality play about the cost of lying and the price of truth telling, examines a troubled family and a father who placed duty to his family above the lives of others, and now must face the consequences. This play is showing at The Palm Beach DramaWorks Clematis Theater Nov. 12 through Dec. 11. Visit PalmBeachDramaWorks.org

Miami

*The Screwtape Letters

Come to the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts on Nov 12. C.S. Lewis’ brilliant novel of letters written by the Devil, The Screwtape Letters reveals spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view. This funny, provocative and wickedly-witty theatrical adaptation will change the way you think about how demons influence your everyday life. Visit Screwtapeonstage.com/miami

*Lobby Hero

From Nov 10-27 come to the Alliance Theatre Lab at Main Street Playhouse and watch this critically acclaimed play that tells the story of Jeff, a luckless young security guard trying to get his life together after being thrown out of the navy. Visit Thealliancetheatrelab.com

*Forever 54

On Nov 9-19 come to the University Of Miami Dept. Of Theatre Arts Jerry Herman Ring Theatre and see Forever 54. Conceived by Tommy Tune and written by Mark Saltzman, this musical is described as “Once upon a time in New York City, there was a magical disco that everyone clamored to get into. Passing through Studio 54’s velvet ropes were the world’s most famous stars, politicians, and athletes — the glitterati of the 1980s. This is a world premiere. Visit Miami.edu/ring

KORN with Datsik & Downlink

Korn comes to the intimate Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre on Wednesday, November 9, at 8 p.m. Dubstep DJ Datsik and Downlink provide support. This is part of the Cruzan Concert Series. Korn’s cathartic alternative metal sound positioned the group among the most popular and provocative to emerge during the post-grunge era. Visit Fillmoremb.com

*Red

Come to the Gable Stage at the Biltmore Hotel on Nov 5- Dec 4 and see this  stunning two-man play, which won the 2010 Best Play Tony, examines the nature of art and creativity, illustrated by the ramblings of abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko as he works with a young apprentice. Rothko is working feverishly in his studio on the Bowery to complete the biggest commission in the history of modern art. Visit Gablestage.org

*Captiva

Come to the Zoetic Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts on Nov3-20 to see Captiva. Over the course of a weekend reunion, three siblings come together in the hopes of celebration and re-connection. When their parents join them, rivalry, sex and a hurricane turn the family upside down. Stranded together, they are forced to face each other with honesty and bottles of wine.  Visit Zoeticstage.com

Sting: Back To Bass Tour

Rock chameleon Sting will bring his "Back to Bass" tour to the Fillmore on Miami Beach on Nov. 12. The tour, which promoters describe as a concert of Sting's "greatest hits, stripped down and raw... as they haven't been played in years." The charismatic Sting will be backed by a five-piece band performing exclusively in intimate theater settings on the tour, which also supports the release on Sept. 27 of the box-set collection "Sting: 25 Years." Visit Fillmoremb.com

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

Get ready for a holiday treat Dec. 7 through Jan. 1 at the Actors Playhouse. Move over Scrooge, it’s time for Jacob Marley to tell his story! Join Marley and his heroic behind-the-scenes effort to save old Scrooge’s soul - and in the process save his own, in this delightful gem of a show. Visit Actorsplayhouse.org

 


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