As the widespread COVID-19 vaccination rollout bolsters confidence, South Florida regional theaters are announcing ambitious and enticing schedules for the 2021-22 season.
Island City Stage, Wilton Manors
Island City Stage, the LGBT-centric company in residence at Wilton Theater Factory in Wilton Manors, celebrates its 10th anniversary season with an eclectic line-up including an old favorite, a world premiere and classics from two gay icons.
Artistic Director Andy Rogow revives Tom Jacobson’s “The Twentieth Century Way,” a critically acclaimed examination of evolving sexual morays from the company’s first season, Oct. 1 - 31. Next up, playwright Andrew Kramer confronts racism, homophobia and self-hatred in his world premiere drama, “Armature,” opening January 27, 2022. Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece, “Suddenly Last Summer,” opens March 17, followed by Charles Ludlam’s campy classic “The Mystery of Irma Veep,” June 9 – July 10, 2022. The season concludes Aug. 4 – September 4, 2022 with Donja R. Love’s unflinching portrait of what it means to be Black and gay in America today, “One in Two.”
For tickets and more information, go to IslandCityStage.com.
The Wick Theatre, Boca Raton
While most companies are still playing it safe with small cast shows — at least through the end of the year — the Wick Theatre in Boca Raton continues to go big, reopening this weekend with the resumption of the Broadway hit “A Chorus Line,” which closed after just a couple of performances in 2020. Most tickets are reserved for 2019-20 season ticket holders, unfortunately, as reported at Florida Theater on Stage.
The theater, also home to an unmatched museum of historic Broadway theatrical costumes, has also begun booking the upcoming season with a big cast, crowd-pleasing musicals: ABBA jukebox musical “Mamma Mia!,” Oct. 7 – Nov. 14; another “mother” of a show, “Gypsy,” Jan. 6 – Feb. 13, 2022; Shoeless Joe’s deal with the devil, “Damn Yankees,” March 3 – April 3, 2022; and “Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do,” crooner Neil Sedaka’s own 2006 jukebox musical, April 21 – May 15, 2022.
For tickets and more information, go to TheWick.org.
Palm Beach Dramaworks, West Palm Beach
Palm Beach Dramaworks on West Palm Beach’s busy Clematis Street has long focused on 20th-century American classics, but this season, plans a season of “new” works — all from this millennium.
The season begins with John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine” (2006), nine vignettes about falling in and out of love, opens Oct. 15, followed on Dec. 10 by the world premiere of Michael McKeever’s “The People Downstairs” (2021), a commission that explores the challenges faced by the brave individuals who hid Anne Frank and seven others during the Holocaust. Joanna McClelland Glass’s “Trying” (2004), opening on February 4, 2022, is a memory play based on the playwright’s stint as secretary to Francis Biddle, former President Franklin Roosevelt’s attorney general. The fourth production, opening April 1, is Lynn Nottage’s “Intimate Apparel” (2003), the story of an African-American seamstress who enters into correspondence with a man she’s never met in the hope of finding love.
For tickets and more information, go to PalmBeachDramaworks.org.