Six months ago, Wilton Manors theater producer Ronnie Larsen was the first in the region to offer live shows following Centers for Disease Control and county guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Slowly, other South Florida arts organizations and performing art venues are reopening with socially-distanced concerts and productions.

UPDATE: The Well Strung performance at the Broward Center on March 13 and Telly Leung and Lucie Arnaz concerts at the Aventura Center on March 21 and April 11 have been canceled since this story was originally published.

At the Wilton Theater Factory Foundry, Larson is currently offering a production of Robert Chesley’s “Jerker” through Feb. 13.

“Originally produced in 1986 during the height of the AIDS crisis, this play is more relevant than ever as all of us are currently struggling with how to connect while remaining socially distant and safe,” said Larsen. “This is one of the most erotic gay plays I’ve ever put on stage and our fearless, talented and sexy cast is totally committed to bringing this story to life in a safe environment.”

Tickets are $35 at RonnieLarsen.com. Private performances are also available.

Island City Stage is also mounting its first theatrical production in months at Wilton Theater Factory with the world premiere of Hannah Manikowski’s “Compensation,” Feb. 5 – 14.

The story of a young woman who offers to serve as a surrogate for a gay male couple introduces “a dialogue about the complex systems that coerce women into outsourcing their bodies for income, the ethical implications of men purchasing access to those bodies, and the profound yearning for a family that drives these people to entangle themselves in these systems in the first place,” according to promotional materials.

Tickets are $35 at IslandCityStage.org. This show will also be available for online streaming, Feb. 19 – 28.

The Broward Center constructed an outdoor stage in the downtown Fort Lauderdale complex’s back parking lot and will offer a series of concerts and comedy acts beginning on Jan. 22 with “Saturday Night Live” alum and film actor Rob Schneider. Led Zeppelin and Eagles cover bands will perform live on Feb. 20 and 27.

“Backlot Live” at the Broward Center seating allows for six feet of physical distance and tickets are only available in pods of two, four or six for patron safety. Face coverings are required at all times unless actively consuming food and beverages in designated seating areas.

Tickets are $25 – 40 at BrowardCenter.org.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary season, the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is reopening its doors and welcoming back audiences inside with limited capacity and physically distanced seating. Masks will also be required at all times.

The Aventura venue’s lineup includes “Shades of Bublé: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé,” Feb. 20; “America’s Got Talent” finalist “Mike Super Magic & Illusion 2.OH! Show!” March 13; and celebrity illusionists The Edwards Twins, March 20.

Tickets are $25 – 75 at AventuraCenter.org.

The Arsht Center in Miami is offering live, socially distanced outdoor concerts on its Thomson Plaza stage. The performances include new artists for the center’s Jazz Roots on the Plaza concert series and a fresh lineup of Miami-based artists for the Live on the Plaza series.

The lineup includes Lemon City Trio, Jan. 29; “America’s Got Talent” semifinalist Yoli Mayor, Feb. 5; Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Feb. 12; and Trinidad-born vocalist Keba & the Usual Suspects, Feb. 19.

Tickets are $15 – 25 at ArshtCenter.org.


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