Preview: Regional Theater Winter 2016

MIAMI-DADE

Joseph Adler of GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave. in Coral Gables, has the magic touch when it comes to landing the rights to the hottest plays right off Broadway. His award-winning theater’s season includes: Terrence McNally’s comedy, “It’s Only a Play,” Jan. 23 – Feb. 21; “A Minister’s Wife,” the musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Candida,” March 26 – April 24; and Marco Ramirez’s explosive boxing play set during the era of Jim Crow, “The Royale,” May 28 – June 26. GableStage.org

On the Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre opens its season with a grand production of Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” Jan. 27 – Feb. 21, followed by “Sondheim on Sondheim,” James Lapine’s musical retrospective of the master composer and lyricists later works, March 16 – April 3. The comedy “The Tin Woman,” May 18 – June 12, and Jonathan Tolins’ gay favorite, “Buyer & Cellar,” close out the season. ActorsPlayhouse.org

Zoetic Stage, in residence at the Arsht Center, surprised the South Florida theater community by taking home last year’s Carbonell Award for Best Musical for Sondheim’s “Assassins,” their first attempt at a musical. This season, the daring company follows with another Sondheim classic, “Passion,” Feb. 18 – March 13. But first, they stage the regional premiere of Gina Gionfriddo’s “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” Jan. 14 – 31, about three women who debate, “Is the grass always greener?” ZoeticStage.org

BROWARD

Slow Burn Theatre Co., in the midst of their inaugural season at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater, are definitely the cool kids on the block, taking on challenging shows that may or may not have been commercial successes on Broadway. They stage “Violet,” Jan. 21 – Feb. 7, about a scarred woman on a bus journey; “Spring Awakening,” March 17 – April 3; and the Off Broadway cult hit, “Heathers The Musical,” June 6 – June 26. SlowBurnTheatre.org

Island City Stage is now producing its shows in the Island City at the Abyss Theatre, 2304 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors. For this season, Artistic Director Andy Rogow has again lined up a series of plays that will appeal to the company’s LGBTQ audience, including the world premiere of Associate Artistic Director Michael Leeds’ new play, “Who Killed Joan Crawford?,” Jan. 12 – Feb. 12; Jeff Talbott’s “The Submission,” April 7 – May 8; and another world premiere from Michael Aman, “Feeding the Bear,” June 2 – July 3. IslandCityStage.org

Out west in Coral Springs, Broward Stage has two stages and a penchant for musicals. Among the offerings this season are “Carnival,” Jan. 22 – Feb. 28, from the composer of “Funny Girl;” the Burt Bacharach jukebox show, “What’s New Pussycat?,” Feb. 19 – March 27; “Evita,” March 18 – April 14; and the early Sondheim retrospective, “Putting it Together,” May 13 – June 19.

PALM BEACH

In Boca Raton, The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, 7901 N. Federal Hwy., loves that big, old fashioned Broadway musicals. Marilynn Wick’s company opens her 2016 schedule with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic, “South Pacific,” Jan. 7 – Feb. 14; followed by the Kander and Ebb comedy whodunit, “Curtains,” Feb. 25 – March 27; and the Irving Berlin review, “I Love a Piano,” April 14 – May 22. Audiences always know the costumes are going to be fantastic. TheWick.org

Last fall’s “Sex with Strangers” at Arts Garage, 180 NE 1st St. in Delray Beach, was a critical and theatrical hit for the resident theater company led by Keith Garsson and Genie Croft. They follow that show up in the cool performance space with “Reborning,” Jan. 24 – Feb. 14; “The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith,” Feb. 28 – March 20; and “Smoke,” March 26 – April 17. ArtsGarage.org

Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach, has a thing for American classics. Their season includes Eugene O’Neill’s semi-autobiographical “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” Jan. 29 – Feb. 28; John Patrick Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar,” March 25 – April 24, about feuding Irish farmers; and the play about the incomparable Louis Armstrong’s last months, “Satchmo at the Waldorf,” May 13 – June 12. PalmBeachDramaworks.org

Andrew Kato’s Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Rd. in Jupiter, also knows how to put together a first rate musical production. “The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue,” open Jan. 12 – 31, with a special “Pride Night” performance, followed by Cole Porter’s classic, “Kiss Me, Kate,” March 8 – 27, with the drama “Frost/Nixon” sandwiched in between, Feb. 7 – 21.


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