Island City Stage closes out its season with the poignant and searing drama, “The Pride” by Alexei Kaye Campbell. Betrayal, guilt, identity and passion are at the core of the drama in “The Pride” as itunfolds separate, but parallel, love triangles between Oliver, Philip and Sylvia which alternate between 1958 and 2008. The cast includes Carbonell Award winners Michael McKeever and Bruce Linser. Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. at Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Dr. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $30 at IslandCityStage.org.
Cirque du Soleil, the inventive French Canadian circus troupe, is back in South Florida this weekend, this time with a show built around the unmistakable pop music of Michael Jackson. “The Immortal World Tour” features 49 international dancers, musicians and acrobats performing in a rock concert format at the BB&T Center in Sunrise and marks a departure from the company’s previous fanciful productions. Prepare to be amazed by Cirque du Soleil’s interpretation of Jackson’s biggest hits. Performances today and tomorrow, Saturday, May 24. Tickets are $50 - $125 at CirqueDuSoleil.com/MichaelJackson.
Zoetic Stage presents the regional premiere of Amy Herzog’s play, “The Great God Pan,” in the Carnival Theater at Miami’s Arsht Center. The play, under the direction of Stuart Meltzer and starring Nicholas Richberg, details the emotional tailspin a forgotten childhood trauma throws a young man’s seemingly perfect life into when a friend reveals his father molested him. Unsettling and deeply compassionate, “The Great God Pan” tells the intimate tale of what is lost and won when a hidden secret comes to light. Performances through June 8. Tickets are $45 at ArshtCenter.org.
HBO will premiere “The Normal Heart,” the largely autobiographical play by Larry Kramer documenting the rise of the AIDS epidemic in New York City between 1981 and 1985. Produced by Ryan Murphy (“Nip/Tuck,” “Glee”) the film features an all-star cast, including openly gay actors Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons and Jonathan Groff, as well as Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Alec Baldwin and Alfred Molina. The play was first mounted Off-Broadway in 1985, but was a big winner at the 2011 Tony Awards. The film promises to take Kramer’s touching story further. Check local listings for show times.
Memorial Day is the official start to the summer season — like we’d notice in South Florida! After a relaxing day of cookouts, pool parties and some shopping, head down to the Alibi on Wilton Drive for a performance by Florida’s Own Dame Edna. Never at a loss for words, Dame Edna’s a pretty good singer, too, belting out Broadway standards in the cool Manchester Room. She’ll make your Memorial Day red, white, blue and purple! Shows at 8, 9 and 10 p.m. For more information, go to AlibiWiltonManors.com.
“Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” the immortal words of Eva Peron, will fill the hall at Miami’s Arsht Center when the touring production of “Evita” makes another stop in South Florida tonight through Sunday, June 1. This legendary musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice set the standard for a generation of Broadway shows and this production recaptures that magic. Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $26 at ArshtCenter.org.