Brian's Theatre Datebook December 14, 2011

Broward County

Miracle on 34th Street

On Dec. 17 The Broward Center for Performing Arts will be playing Miracle on 34th Street. In a story faithful to the film, Kris Kringle, aka Santa Claus, goes on trial. Macy’s becomes the friendly store to shop while two lost souls find each other and a little girl discovers her childhood through her belief in miracles. Visit Browardcenter.org

*The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

Come to the Nova Southeastern University on Dec. 17 to see this play based on the book by L. Frank Baum, who also wrote The Wizard of Oz, this musical has with jokes, puppets and enchanting songs sing along with as it follows the early life of Santa Claus from his abandonment in a forest to his adoption by wood-nymphs to making and delivering the very first toys. Visit Miniacipac.org

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

From Dec. 27-Jan. 1 come to the Broward Center for Performing Arts for Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Created and directed by local resident Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is an original new musical extravaganza filled with spectacle, imagination and whimsical dreams. Ornaments come to life as costumed characters perform astonishing feats that celebrate the holiday season and showcase pageantry, ingenuity and artistry. Visit Browardcenter.org

*The Motherf**ker With The Hat

From Jan. 7-25 come to the Gable Stage at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables and see The Motherf**ker with the Hat. Was there ever any doubt that GableStage would be the first to stage last season’s Broadway drama about a former drug-dealing addict trying to kick his habit despite the “help” of friends and a troubled sponsor? Visit Gablestage.org

 

Palm Beach

All My Sons by Arthur Miller

This morality play about the cost of lying and the price of truth telling, examines a troubled family and a father who placed duty to his family above the lives of others, and now must face the consequences. This play is showing at The Palm Beach DramaWorks Clematis Theater Nov. 12 through Dec. 18. Visit PalmBeachDramaWorks.org

*The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

The Palm Beach Dramaworks will showing The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. A rarely-revived cult play from 1970, Paul Zindel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama depicts a mentally unbalanced woman’s effect on her two teenage daughters, and one girl’s struggle to keep her dreams alive. Will star Laura Turnbull and her real-life daughter, Ariel Hoffman. Visit Palmbeachdramaworks.org

*Happy Birthday Elvis Tribute Show

On Jan. 7 come to the Crest Theatre and enjoy a memorable night of fun and entertainment! Special appearance by R.J. Franzese with the sounds of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and more. Be thrilled as Scott, R.J. and the band perform the greatest songs of all time! Visit Oldschool.org/performances.asp

*The Two and Only

Jan. 13-15. This 2007 Tony Award Winner for Best Theatrical Event stars Jay Johnson (best known for the TV show Soap), and a wild cast of puppet characters in one of today's funniest and most original theatrical experiences. It’s an adult look at life, growing up, having a dream and everything in between. “A SURPRISING AND EXTREMELY FUNNY SHOW!” Visit Oldschool.org/performances.asp

Miami

*The Santaland Diaries

From Dec. 8-23 come to the Zoetic Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts for Santaland Diaries. A blisteringly funny evocation of Christmas Hell. One man’s hysterical and often insightful look at the humilities, frustrations and joys of working as an elf at Macy’s Santaland. This holiday classic is satirist David Sedaris at his biting best. Visitzoeticstage.com

*Million Dollar Quartet

If your into Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash come to the Adrienne Arsht Center on Dec. 27-Jan 1. A fictionalized account of an actual jam session in 1956 at Sun Records studio with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash performing their greatest hits (to date at that date). Visit arshtcenter.org

*Macbeth and the Monster

Come to the Mad Cat Theatre in Miami on Dec. 28-Jan 9 for a family-friendly modern re-imagining of the Shakesperean tale intended to be entertaining for all ages. Written by Los Angeles playwright Angela Berliner and directed by Paul Tei. Visit madcattheatre.org

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

Get ready for a holiday treat Dec. 7 through Jan. 1 at the Actors Playhouse. Move over Scrooge, it’s time for Jacob Marley to tell his story! Join Marley and his heroic behind-the-scenes effort to save old Scrooge’s soul - and in the process save his own, in this delightful gem of a show. Visit Actorsplayhouse.org

Wally Cardona: Tool Is Loot

On Jan. 21 come to the Colony Theatre watch this play where each choreographer solicited weeklong encounters with non-dance experts, treating their artistic positions to the constant reassessment, opinions and desires of an "outsider", creating a new work with each expert. 8:30 p.m. Visit Tigertail.org

*The Miami Gay Men's Chorus' Tales from Toyland

The Miami Gay Men's Chorus Presents Tales from Toyland! A musical journey complete with a cast of characters sure you leave you joy-filled. Join them as the stage comes alive with music, dance and the unparalleled spirit of the Miami Gay Men's Chorus. The show is guaranteed to fill you with holiday spirit and leave you prepared to take on the season. Performances will be held on Friday, Dec.16 & Saturday, 17 at 8 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Colony Theater 1040 Lincoln Rd. Miamigaychorus.org

Key West

August: Osage County

In Key West at the Waterfront Playhouse on Dec. 20, it’s August in Oklahoma. A father is missing, a mother is in the grip of addiction, a marriage is unraveling and lies are being exposed. This raucous dark comedy transforms one family gathering into an evening filled with sex, secrets, and really inappropriate behavior. One of the most lauded plays of the decade, August: Osage County is a can’t-miss hilarious and stinging look at the American family. Visit WaterfrontPlayhouse.org

Dead Man’s Cell Phone

In a quiet cafe a cell phone rings. And rings. The stranger at the next table has had enough. She confronts the owner of the cell phone, but, well...he's dead. She begins to answer his calls and suddenly finds herself enmeshed in his life and family. Unfortunately, the dead guy has quite a number of shady loose ends. This plays opening night is Feb. 2 at The Waterfront Playhouse at 8pm. Visit Waterfrontplayhouse.org


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