Island City Stage is tackling gay playwright Tennessee Williams’ most enigmatic play, “Suddenly Last Summer,” playing through April 17 in Wilton Manors.

Director Andy Rogow has assembled an A-list cast, including Angie Radosh, Jeanine Gangloff Levy and Jonathan Furedy, for this tale of “aging, beauty, hypocrisy, greed, sexual repression and cannibalism.” Yes, you read that right, cannibalism. 

Set in 1936 on a hot, steamy afternoon in New Orleans, Violet Venable (Radosh) and her niece, Catherine (Levy), wage battle in a war that will cement the legacy of Violet’s presumably gay son, Sebastian. Was he a brilliant artist, devoted son or sexual predator? What really happened last summer? 

Tickets start at $35 at IslandCityStage.org.

“Side by Side by Sondheim” at Zoetic Stage

Zoetic Stage, helmed by Artistic Director Stuart Meltzer and playwright/designer Michael McKeever, has staked out a reputation as the foremost interpreters in the region of Stephen Sondheim musicals and they have the Carbonell Awards to prove it. 

COVID sank previous plans for a production of “A Little Night Music” this spring; however, “Side by Side by Sondheim,” a delightful “musical entertainment” featuring music from Sondheim’s most beloved musicals, along with classics written with musical theater giants Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne and Richard Rodgers, is a welcome and well-performed substitute. 

Meltzer even takes the stage through April 10 with Carbonell-winner Jenny Hacker, Jolene Mujica and Aloysius Gigl in the Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater. 

Tickets are $60 at ArshtCenter.org.

“Matilda the Musical” at Slow Burn Theatre Co.

When it comes to contemporary Broadway musicals, Slow Burn Theatre Co. at the Broward Center is in its element. If you missed the most recent production of “Once on this Island,” don’t make the same mistake with “Matilda,” inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl. 

Artistic Director Patrick Fitzwater has a real knack with scaling and interpreting these big cast, big bang musicals for the 584-seat Amaturo Theater. In addition to an army of talented child actors, look for the gender-bending performance by Bryan Austermann as the despicable headmistress Miss Turnbull.  

“Matilda the Musical” opens March 25 and runs through April 10 at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale. 

Tickets start at $49 at BrowardCenter.org.

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