Audiences are raving about Epiphany Theatre production of “Nunsense A-men!” playing through May 22 at Eliot Hall on the Fort Lauderdale United Church of Christ campus, 2501 NE 30th St.
The show is a hilarious spoof on the long-running Off Broadway comedy about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser. Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia Child of God. Thus, the remaining nuns – ballet-loving Sister Leo, street-wise Sister Robert Anne, befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia, mistress of the novices Sister Hubert and Mother Superior – stage a talent show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed.
Here’s the tasty, gender-bending twist: “Nunsense A-men!” is performed by a cast of men and dishes up a plate of irreverent comedy that borders on sacrilegious. Ed Sparan directs with musical direction by Ryan Crout and choreography by Michael Gillespie.
The production runs Thursday – Saturday through May 22. Tickets are $20 at NunsenseAmen.Eventbrite.com.
Tropical Winds Keep It Light, Bright and Gay
The South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble will present a virtual concert, “Keep It Light, Keep It Bright, Keep It Gay,” featuring the Tropical Winds chamber ensembles on Sunday, May 16 at 7 p.m.
Since the larger Pride Wind Ensemble has not been able to rehearse or perform since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, smaller groups of musicians formed chamber ensembles of two to 10 players who could rehearse outdoor spaces while socially distancing.
This concert will feature eight ensembles: brass and woodwind quintets; trumpet and clarinet choirs; flute, clarinet and saxophone quartets; and a mixed tuba, oboe and bassoon trio.
Tickets are pay-what-you-can at pridewindensemble.org.
Raise a Glass and Werk!
The South Beach Wine & Food Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary May 20 – 23 at venues in Miami Beach, Miami and Hallandale Beach. Many of the popular festival’s signature events, including the Grand Tasting Village, Burger Bash and BubbleQ, have been modified to conform with CDC guidelines.
On Sunday, May 23, actor Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, multi-talented chef/author/actor David Burtka will host a drag brunch at the North Beach Band Shell in Miami Beach. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Bianca Del Rio and local legend Athena Dion will MC the event featuring 10 of the region’s top performers and brunch bites by Miami-area chefs.
For more information and tickets, go to SOBEWFF.org.
Summer Sounds from the Symphony
Maestra Sebrina María Alfonso’s South Florida Symphony will finally be returning to the stage this summer with a series of three intimate, yet socially distanced live concerts at the Center for Spiritual Living, 4849 N. Dixie Hwy. in Oakland Park.
The first performance, Friday, May 21, will include string quartets by Beethoven and Dvořák. On Thursday, June 24, the program will include a variety of chamber works by Schubert, Gottsch and Poulenc. The series concludes on Sunday, July 18 with Zwilich’s Septet for Piano Trio and String Quartet and Saint-Saëns’ Piano Trio No. 2.
Tickets are $30 each or $75 for the three-concert series at SouthFloridaSymphony.org.