Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it! That’s the cautionary lesson in Island City Stage’s latest production, Secrets of the Trade by Jonathan Tolins. Opening this weekend at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler in Fort Lauderdale, the play tells the story of a smart, ambitious kid who dreams of a career on Broadway and hopes that his idol, a theater legend, can give it to him. Will a door to success be opened for him, or will their complicated relationship squash his dreams? Tickets are $30 at IslandCityStage.org.
The Theater at Arts Garage in Delray Beach continues to push the boundaries of regional theater with the premiere of Carter W. Lewis’ new play, The Hummingbird Wars. This scathing dark comedy unfolds after a soldier has returned home from war in Afghanistan to the expected safety and security of his home and family, only to discover that his home-front has become the new battle-front. Artistic Director Lou Tyrrell directs. Wednesday through Friday, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m., Jan. 10 – Feb. 2. Tickets $30-45 at ArtsGarage.org.
Perhaps the quintessential American opera, Porgy & Bess, was reimagined and reintroduced to the public on Broadway two years ago, courtesy of inspired director Diane Paulus. With the blessings of the Gershwin estate, she adapted the story for contemporary theater audiences, resulting in The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, and took home a Tony for Best Revival. Experience the touching love story of Bess and the crippled Porgy on desolate Catfish Row this week at the Kravis Center, Jan. 7 – 12. For show times and tickets, go to Kravis.org.
Last year, Lynn University launched an exciting play reading series under the guidance of South Florida impresario Jan McArt. Well, McArt, who has produced countless hit theater productions becomes the subject of one of these new plays, Glamour Girl by Fort Lauderdale playwright Tony Finstrom. The reading, a semi-staged musical directed by Wayne Rudisell, explores McArt’s early years and stars the actress, along with Amy Miller Brennan as the young Jan. Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Wold Performing Arts Center in Boca Raton. Tickets are $10 at Events.Lynn.edu.
The Martha Graham Dance Company returns to West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Arguably one of the most influential modern dance choreographers, Graham’s work continues to inspire. The program will include a mix of classic Graham works and new commissions for her namesake company, including Nacho Duato’s Rust, as well as Lamentation Variations, a series of vignettes inspired by Graham’s iconic 1930s solo piece, but interpreted by three of today’s most noteworthy choreographers: Doug Varone, Aszure Barton and Lar Lubovitch. For tickets, go to Kravis.org.