Brian's Theatre Datebook November 16, 2011

Broward County

Charlotte’s Web

The Parker Playhouse will be showing Charlotte’s Web on Nov 9. E.B. White’s classic fairy tale in the Performance Project’s production brings to life the madcap and endearing characters of Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig, Templeton the rat and the rest of the farm animals as they learn about bravery, selflessness and the true meaning of friendship. Visit ParkerPlayhouse.com

The Glass Menagerie

Tennessee WIlliams' classic play "The Glass Menagerie.” Performances Nov. 12 through Nov. 20. Saturday performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday performances at 2 p.m., and a performance Friday evening, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. All performances are at the Pine Island Multi-Purpose Center. Call 305-823-5330 or 954-767-5637, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Secret Garden

The Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts will be showing The Secret Garden on Oct. 28-Nov. 27. This is a moving musical with a soaring based on the classic children’s book. For more information visit Pptopa.com

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story

Based on the true story of Leopold and Loeb, the so-called thrill killers who murdered a young boy in 1924 in order to commit the perfect crime. While this crime was previously depicted in the film dramas Hitchcock's Rope and Compulsion, this is the first musical version, and reveals the couple's mutual sexual attraction. Takes places Oct. 21-Nov. 20, Visit Risingactiontheatre.com

Comedian Margaret Cho

The fiercely blunt and provocative Margaret Cho will showcase her non-conformist brand of humor at the Broward Center’s Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 1. Broward House is presenting the comedy Diva as part of their World AIDS Day commemoration. Tickets start at $30. Visit BrowardCenter.org/margaretcho

Judy Gold

The Coral Springs Center for the Arts welcomes back comedienne Judy Gold, for one night only, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. Judy Gold gets around. It’s pretty hard to miss Judy these days. She’s the saucy, gregarious host of HBO’s “At the Multiplex with Judy Gold” and is a regular fixture on Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and “Hollywood Squares.”

Guys and Dolls

In a dead heat with Gypsy for the title of best musical ever written, this classic is based on Damon Runyon’s short stories about Broadway gamblers, nightclub singers and Salvation Army babes funneled through a brilliant score by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows. Takes place Oct. 28-Dec 4 at Broward Stage Door Theatre. Visit Stagedoortheatre.com

 

Palm Beach

Letters Home

This play puts it all in to perspective. Come to the Watson B Duncan lll Theatre in Lake Worth and feel a little of what are soldiers are feeling. The production is inspired by the New York Times Op-Ed Article "The Things They Wrote" and the subsequent HBO documentary Last Letters Home. It also uses letters and correspondences from Frank Schaeffer's books, Voices From the Front, Letters Home From America's Military Family, Faith of Our Sons and Keeping Faith. Visit Palmbeachstate.edu/x1794.xml

The 39 Steps

On Nov 1-13 come to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre and enjoy this great play. Farcical retelling of the Alfred Hitchcock’s movie thriller which, in turn, retold John Buchan’s straight espionage novel. Mounted as an English music hall vaudeville piece, it features four actors with two human chameleons taking on scores and scores of different parts. Visit Jupitertheatre.org

The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife

The Boca Raton theatre Guild at the Willow Theatre at Sugar Park is presenting The Tale of the Allergist Wife. Marjorie Taub: shopaholic, avid reader, loved by her devoted husband, but her beloved psychiatrist has just died, her mother obsesses about her gastric track and her husband is now retired and devoted to sinus infections for the homeless. On Nov. 5-20. Visit Brtg.org

The Addams Family

On Nov 8-13 The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will be showing The Addams Family. A mainstream musical about a group of decidedly non-mainstream relatives based very loosely on the cartoons in The New Yorker, the ‘60s television sit-com and the films, it follows the family’s efforts to clean up their act to impress the parents of Wednesday’s upper crust fiancé. Visit Kravis.org

All My Sons

On Nov 12- Dec 4 Dramaworks opens their new space at the old Cuillo Centre with Arthur Miller’s early morality play about the cost of lying and the price of truth-telling. It examines a troubled family and a father who placed duty to his family above the lives of others, and now must face the consequences. Visit palmbeachdramaworks.org

After The Revolution

Come to the Caldwell Theatre Between Oct 16-Nov 20 and see After the Revolution. After the Revolution is the story of the brilliant, promising Emma Joseph who proudly carries the torch of her family's Marxist tradition, devoting her life to the memory of her grandfather, much revered for refusing to “name names” during the McCarthy hearings.  For more information Visit Caldwelltheatre.com

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. 11. Visit PalmBeachDramaWorks.org

Miami

Captiva

Come to the Zoetic Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts on Nov3-20 to see Captiva. Over the course of a weekend reunion, three siblings come together in the hopes of celebration and re-connection. When their parents join them, rivalry, sex and a hurricane turn the family upside down. Stranded together, they are forced to face each other with honesty and bottles of wine.  Visit Zoeticstage.com

Red

Come to the Gable Stage at the Biltmore Hotel on Nov 5- Dec 4 and see this stunning two-man play, which won the 2010 Best Play Tony, examines the nature of art and creativity, illustrated by the ramblings of abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko as he works with a young apprentice. Rothko is working feverishly in his studio on the Bowery to complete the biggest commission in the history of modern art. Visit Gablestage.org

KORN with Datsik & Downlink

Korn comes to the intimate Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre on Wednesday, November 9, at 8 p.m. Dubstep DJ Datsik and Downlink provide support. This is part of the Cruzan Concert Series. Korn’s cathartic alternative metal sound positioned the group among the most popular and provocative to emerge during the post-grunge era. Visit Fillmoremb.com

Forever 54

On Nov 9-19 come to the University Of Miami Dept. Of Theatre Arts Jerry Herman Ring Theatre and see Forever 54. Conceived by Tommy Tune and written by Mark Saltzman, this musical is described as “Once upon a time in New York City, there was a magical disco that everyone clamored to get into. Passing through Studio 54’s velvet ropes were the world’s most famous stars, politicians, and athletes — the glitterati of the 1980s. This is a world premiere. Visit Miami.edu/ring

Lobby Hero

From Nov 10-27 come to the Alliance Theatre Lab at Main Street Playhouse and watch this critically acclaimed play that tells the story of Jeff, a luckless young security guard trying to get his life together after being thrown out of the navy. Visit Thealliancetheatrelab.com

The Screwtape Letters

Come to the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts on Nov 12. C.S. Lewis’ brilliant novel of letters written by the Devil, The Screwtape Letters reveals spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view. This funny, provocative and wickedly-witty theatrical adaptation will change the way you think about how demons influence your everyday life. Visit Screwtapeonstage.com/miami

*Wally Cardona: Tool Is Loot

Come to the Colony Theatre and 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. Takes place on Jan. 21 at 8:30 p.m. Visit Tigertail.org

Sting: Back To Bass Tour

Rock chameleon Sting will bring his "Back to Bass" tour to the Fillmore on Miami Beach on Nov. 12. The tour, which promoters describe as a concert of Sting's "greatest hits, stripped down and raw... as they haven't been played in years." The charismatic Sting will be backed by a five-piece band performing exclusively in intimate theater settings on the tour, which also supports the release on Sept. 27 of the box-set collection "Sting: 25 Years." Visit Fillmoremb.com

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

Key West

Waterfront Playhouse presents: It Takes Two – An Evening of Duets

See 25 of Key West's best performers sing duets, trios and quartets from the world of pop, Broadway and the classics. Party following the performance on Nov. 18. Showtime 8 p.m. : Call the Box Office at  305-294-5015 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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