Local theater companies and arts presenters are celebrating Pride with diverse and imaginative productions that will appeal to LGBT audiences across the rainbow spectrum.
Here are some of the top tickets in South Florida this month:
“Fefu & Her Friends,” Thinking Cap Theatre, Dania Beach
After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thinking Cap’s first live production is lesbian playwright María Irene Fornés’ breakout Off-Off-Broadway hit, “Fefu & Her Friends,” currently playing through June 19 at the company’s new home, Mad Arts in Dania Beach.
The play, which earned Fornés an Obie when it premiered in 1977, is set in the spring of 1935 at the New England country home of the title character. The play’s premise is simple and considered comic: Fefu has gathered her friends to drink lemonade, play croquet, and plan and rehearse a fundraiser to benefit arts in education. Beneath this surface lies a probing investigation of friendship, gender, sexuality, class and disability.
“Fefu” was written over a period of several years, spanning the civil rights and women’s rights movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s and, according to Artistic Director Nicole Stodard, continues to speak to later generations and cultural movements.
Tickets are $35 at ThinkingCapTheatre.org.
“The Mystery of Irma Vep,” Island City Stage, Wilton Manors
Vampire attacks, werewolf sightings, and the resurrection of an Egyptian Princess are just a few of the zany plot twists in Charles Ludlam’s “The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful,” running June 9 – July 10 at Island City Stage, 2304 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors.
The send-up of gothic romance and horror films features two actors, Bruce Lisner and Larry Buzzeo, who execute 35 lightning-fast costume changes throughout the production. Artistic Director Andy Rogow directs.
This play should not be confused with the new HBO series “Irma Vep,” an adaptation of the 1996 film by series creator Olivier Assayas. But, if you’re staying in, you can’t go wrong with that equally campy satirical commentary on the Hollywood film industry.
Tickets are $35 at IslandCityStage.org.
“Truck Stop Sally’s Sex Party,” The Foundry, Wilton Manors
Truck Stop Sally, the seedy alter ego of playwright and producer Ronnie Larsen, is back with another somewhat autobiographical romp, June 9 – 19 at the Foundry, 2306 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors.
In the sequel to Larsen’s popular “Cocksucker: A Love Story,” Sally throws a sex party next to a truck stop that quickly gets out of hand in this outrageous comedy about one man’s obsession with oral sex.
While the show features full male nudity — no longer a requirement for Larsen’s later works — he promised audiences a fully developed examination of the title character’s emotional development — in between the simulated sex scenes.
Tickets start at $35 at RonnieLarsen.com.
“Head Over Heels,” Slow Burn Theatre Co., Broward Center
Slow Burn Theatre Co. is rocking the Broward Center with “Head Over Heels,” the bold Broadway musical based on a 16th-century pastoral romance but set to the peppy tunes of ‘80s girl band The Go-Go’s. The show runs June 9 – 26 in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale.
A modern musical fairy tale that once-upon-a-time is right now, “Head Over Heels” follows the escapades of a royal family who set out on a journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction. The score includes favorites like "We Got the Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Vacation," Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a Place on Earth" and "Mad About You."
The original Broadway production featured the first role originated by a transgender actor, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” runner-up Peppermint.
Tickets start at $49 at BrowardCenter.org.
“Happy 100th Birthday, Judy,” Broward Center
What’s Pride Month without Judy Garland? Debbie Wileman is the latest performer (and certainly not the last) to take the stage as the all-time LGBT icon in “Happy 100th Birthday, Judy,” June 20 at the Parker Playhouse, 707 N.E. 8th St. in Fort Lauderdale.
Wileman has gained over 1 million online views for her spot-on impersonation. She will not only sing Garland’s biggest hits with a live orchestra; she will also cover contemporary songs — from Lady Gaga and Adele to Amy Winehouse and the Beatles — that Judy might sing if she were still alive.
Tickets start at $58.75 at ParkerPlayhouse.com.