Empire Stage, the intimate theater space tucked against the train tracks on Flagler Drive in Fort Lauderdale, is elevating the conversation with a production of Yasmina Reza’s Moliere, Olivier and Tony Award-winning drama, “Art,” April 29 – May 15.
In the 1994 French play (subsequently translated to English), Reza asks: How much a collector would you pay for a white painting? Would it matter who the painter was? Would it be art? “Art” delves into a clever and often comedic exploration of both art and friendship as a longtime trio of friends find their relationship tested after one buys the aforementioned expensive white painting.
Dean Nigro stars, along with Ben Prayz and Empire Stage producer David R. Gordon.
Director Amir Darvish said, “To me, productions that really resonate are those that delve deep into relationships and how those bonds are tested. I want to make audiences think and laugh at the same time. How a simple event can mean so many things to different people and the viewing audience. What can we tolerate? When do we speak up? Who are our friends?”
Tickets are $35 at EmpireStage.com.
Fun in the Sun in West Palm Beach
The gays will out, loud and proud this weekend, April 28 – May 1, at SunFest, the annual music festival in downtown West Palm Beach that attracts up to 100,000 fans. After a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the line-up is epic, including a number of LGBT artists and allies, too.
Melissa Etheridge and Adam Lambert will take the main stage, along with Nelly and the Goo Goo Dolls. Also, keep an eye out for Rainbow Kitten Surprise, with gay front man Sam Melo and trans bassist Charlie Holt, and up-and-coming LGBT solo act Chris Pierce.
Tickets at SunFest.com.
Why the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus Sings
The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus (FTLGMC) will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a special concert and retrospective exhibit, Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m. at United Church of Christ, 2501 N.E. 30th St. in Fort Lauderdale. “Why We Sing” will showcase favorite songs from the vocal group’s past and present repertoire, along with a historical showcase of banners, art, posters and other ephemera, costumes and photographs.
Dr. Gary Keating will conduct the eclectic program, including “Walk Hand in Hand,” "Somewhere Only We Know," “Where the Boys Are” and "You'll Never Walk Alone" from Carousel. Former members will be invited to the stage for a special surprise finale.
Tickets are $35 at FortLauderdaleGayMensChorus.org.