Empire Stage

  • 'Cock Talk' is Celebration of the Male Member and More

    For more than two decades Eve Ensler’s play “The Vagina Monologues” has empowered women to speak frankly about their identities, dreams and, yes, sexual desires. Now, thanks to Key West writer Wayne Keller, men have a similar opportunity with “Cock Talk.”

  • Boy Band One Direction Upstages Obama, Gay Marriage on 2015 List of Top Tweets

    SAN FRANCISCO - Messages of love and gratitude shared by the boy band One Direction topped Twitter's charts this year, eclipsing President Barack Obama's celebration of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing gay marriage.

  • Camp Classic “Die, Mommie, Die!” Comes to Empire Stage

    Donning heels and a wig isn’t necessarily actor and director Ed Sparan’s idea of fun, but it’s a labor of love when it comes to one of his favorite playwrights, Charles Busch. Sparan is directing and starring in a new production of Busch’s classic “Die, Mommie, Die!” opening this weekend at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale.

  • Island City Stage’s “Octopus” Swims in Metaphors

    I had nearly forgotten about the time, 20 years ago, when my boyfriend at the time and I engaged in our first “four-way” with another couple. But, as the drama unfolded in Steve Yockey’s play, “Octopus,” at Island City Stage last weekend, I was quickly reminded of the excitement and trepidation of that big event.

  • Joan Rivers Lives On in New Show at Empire Stage

    Nearly three years have passed since Joan Rivers unexpectedly passed away during elective surgery, but the sharp-tongued comedian lives on in a new show coming to Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale.

  • Naked Comedy Tour Promises to Tickle 'Funny Bones'

    Playwright and producer Ronnie Larsen is a busy man. In addition to the world premiere of his new play, “Happy Ending,” this weekend, he is launching the “Totally Naked Comedy Tour” at Empire Stage on Monday, May 8.

  • NY Farm Owners Who Denied Lesbian Couple Wedding Appeal

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The owners of an upstate New York wedding venue who were fined $13,000 after refusing to host a lesbian wedding are appealing the ruling.

  • On Stage: Del Shores has More Sordid Tales to Tell

    Del Shores is best known as a writer, the creator of “Sordid Lives” and “Southern Baptist Sissies,” both LGBT cult favorites. But now, he’s also taking his turn on stage in a new show, “Six Characters in Search of a Play,” coming to Fort Lauderdale’s Empire Stage in December.

  • Play Explores the Tension of Race and Culture in Gay Relationships

    “My story is that typical narrative of a Midwestern boy who comes out of the closet—or doesn’t come out—in his hometown and then leaves,” explained playwright Michael Patrick Spillers, who grew up in the Ozark mountains of southwest Missouri.

  • Play Looks Back at Seedy Side of the Big Apple

    Anyone who has visited Times Square in New York City can attest to the power of corporate America. Disney reigns at the Broadway box office as busloads of tourists crowd “The Lion King” and “Aladdin.” Giant flashing billboards advertise big brands like Sony and Calvin Klein. Retailers from The Gap to Toys R Us operate mobbed flagship stores.

  • Playwright Draws on Crime Stories for New Comedy

    Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. For his latest comedy, “Stalker Bob and his Mother,” opening on Nov. 30 at Empire Stage, playwright Michael Aman was inspired by headlines about an infamous New York murder.

  • Review: ‘Redesigning Women’ is a Laugh Out Loud Must See Comedy

    Lucky for me, Logo devoted the entire Independence Day weekend to a “Designing Women” binge-a-thon. Lifetime, TVLand, WEtv, Logo and the like have long paid homage to gay favorites like “The Golden Girls” and “Will & Grace,” and now Linda Bloodworth-Thomason’s late 1980s series about a sassy group of gals at an Atlanta interior design firm have been rediscovered.

  • Review: “The Penis Talk Show”

    Sharp-tongued and occasionally potty-mouthed playwright Ronnie Larsen is rarely at a loss for words. But, last Wednesday, the creator of “Making Porn” and “All-Male Peep Show” was left blushing and speechless.

  • Sex-Crazed Puppets Parody 'Fifty Shades' at Empire Stage

    What do you get when you mash up “Fifty Shades of Grey” with “Sesame Street”? The answer would be “Fifty Shades of Felt,” the parody opening on July 20 at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale and it’s not the kind of puppet show for children.

  • Theater Review: ‘Secrets of the Trade’ Entertaining But Convoluted

    For many young people, coming out is the most tumultuous stop on life’s journey. But, in Jonathan Tolins’ Secrets of the Trade, which opened last weekend at Island City Stage, it’s just a bump in the road for a young man who dreams of a career in the Broadway theater.

  • World Premiere at Empire Stage: Psychological Thrillers Can Be Sexy, Too

    To say playwright Ronnie Larsen is obsessed with sex might be an understatement. His first hit, “Making Porn,” about a gay-for-pay adult movie star, ran Off Broadway and has since been performed on four continents.

  • World Premiere Offers Unfiltered Look at Modern Families

    The overly complicated family depicted in S.P. Monahan’s world premiere play at Empire Stage, “Aunt Jack,” will never be confused for the Nelsons, Cleavers or even the quintessential “Modern Family,” the Pritchetts.