City Theatre’s popular Summer Shorts festival of 10-minute plays returns to the Arsht Center in Miami, June 2 – July 2.

This year, the company will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the landmark festival, which was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Launched in 1996, City Theatre is one of Miami’s oldest theater companies. They are nationally distinguished for being the only theater in the country producing short plays and musicals year-round and for audiences of all. City Theatre has won four Carbonell Awards, including the Bill Von Mauer Award in 2016. 

The Summer Shorts cast includes Alex Alvarez, Lindsey Corey, Stephon Duncan, Diana Garle, Jovon Jacobs, Daniel Llaca, Margot Moreland and Tom Wahl, performing 10 plays selected from a nationwide search. 

For a full schedule and tickets, go to CityTheatre.com.

Broward Art Guild Opens New Show

Broward Art Guild (BAG), one of the region’s LGBT and allies' collectives of creative artists, opens its Pride Month show, “PRIDE! Legends, Life & Love” on June 4 at their gallery, 3280 N.E. 32nd St. in Fort Lauderdale.

The exhibit will be on display through June 23 and includes a diverse collection of paintings, photographs, sculpture, mixed media and more. A special installation honoring the 1969 Stonewall uprising provided by the Stonewall National Museum & Archives will also be on display. 

In addition to monthly exhibitions in their North Beach gallery, BAG also supports regular workshops, Art Around Town displays and online sales. The organization is largely run by volunteers and welcomes members from all creative disciplines. 

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 4 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. and is open to the public. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, hours vary. For more information, go to BrowardArtGuild.org.

‘The Mystery of Irma Vep’ at Island City Stage

Vampire attacks, werewolf sightings, and the resurrection of an Egyptian Princess are just a few of the plot twists in Charles Ludlam’s “The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful,” running June 9 – July 10 at Island City Stage, 2304 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors.  

The send-up of gothic romance and horror films features two actors, Bruce Lisner and Larry Buzzeo, who are required to execute 35 lightning-fast costume changes throughout the production. Artistic Director Andy Rogow directs. 

Charles Ludlam (1943-1987), founder of New York’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company, was the mastermind of this Off Broadway camp classic that originally premiered in 1984 at the Sheridan Square Playhouse. 

“Charles Ludlam and The Ridiculous Theatrical Company were pioneers, now legends in LGBT theater, elevating camp to an art form and paving the way for companies like Island City Stage,” said Rogow. “We’re thrilled to bring this comedy cult theatre classic to South Florida for new audiences to enjoy.” 

Tickets are $35 at IslandCityStage.org.