While the fall arts season doesn’t officially begin for a few more weeks, several local LGBT arts organizations are already packing theaters and concert venues with patrons eager to experience live theater and music following the quieter summer months.
‘Bent’ at Empire Stage
Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr. in Fort Lauderdale, and ArtBuzz Theatrics present Martin Sherman’s “Bent,” through September. The 1980 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-nominated play is the first to explore the Nazis’ use of the Holocaust to eradicate homosexuals in Germany and across Europe. When the play was first performed, there was little historical research or awareness about the extent of Nazi persecution of homosexuals and the play helped increase that historical research and education in later decades. Larry Buzzeo directs.
Tickets are $35 at EmpireStage.com.
‘The Actors’ at the Foundry
Ronnie Larsen’s latest comedy, “The Actors,” opens this weekend and runs through Oct. 6 at the Foundry, 2306 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors. In a story loosely based on the playwright’s life, “Ronnie” is so grief-stricken over the loss of his parents, he hires actors to play their roles. The cast includes Carbonell winners Jenni Hacker and David Kwiat and is directed by Stuart Meltzer. Larsen warned: “This is the first ‘G’ rated show I’ve written and produced. There is no nudity, no sexual content and no swear words … you can bring your parents.”
Tickets start at $35 at PlaysOfWilton.com.
Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus at UCC
“Come hear the music play” on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Fort Lauderdale United Church of Christ, 2501 N.E. 30th St. in Fort Lauderdale. The Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Life is a Cabaret,” featuring Broadway hits and standards to kick off their 2022-23 season. The program, led by Artistic Director Dr. Gary Keating, will feature the full chorus, as well as soloists and small ensembles performing their favorite torch songs and anthems in an informal cabaret setting.
Tickets start at $30 at FTLGMC.org.
‘Say Gay’ at Lost Girls Theatre
Lost Girls Theatre (LGT) will host “Say Gay: Exploring the LGBTQ Past and Present,” two conversations about queer history in South Florida, on Sunday, Sept. 11 at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami, 727 Rinehart Rd. in Miami. At 11 a.m., playwright and LGT founder Andie Arthur will discuss “The Lessons of La Paloma: LGBTQ Women Throughout Time,” the 1937 raid at a gay bar in unincorporated Dade County. At 1 p.m, local LGBT artists will discuss the importance of queer representation in fiction.
For more information, go to LostGirlsTheatre.com.