South Florida’s regional theater scene is arguably among the most vibrant with dozens of companies offering year-round programming. The 2014-15 season is no exception, with many theaters opening with important works.
Joseph Adler’s GableStage at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Springs (GableStage.org) snagged the rights to Terrence McNally’s Tony nominated Broadway play, “Mothers and Sons,” Sept. 20 – Oct. 19. This is a moving story of a mother who must deal with her son’s death and the new family of his partner. Next up is “Bad Jews”by Joshua Harmon, Nov. 22-Dec. 1, the Off-Broadway comedy about the grandchildren of a recently deceased Holocaust survivor arguing over his religious heirlooms. Tickets start at $35.
Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables (ActorsPlayhouse.org) kicks off its season with the Off-Broadway rock opera hit, “Murder Ballad,” Oct. 8 – Nov. 2, as a love triangle goes bad in the violent world of a Lower East Side bar. Fresh from its Off-Broadway run and just in time for the holidays, “Miracle on South Division Street”is the story of the Nowak family living amidst the urban rubble of Buffalo, NY’s East Side, Dec. 3 – 28. Tickets start at $15.
Winner of five Tony Awards, Rick Elice’s “Peter and the Starcatcher” is the innovative and imaginative play with music based on the best-selling novel by Miami native Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. This show is a production of the Arsht Center (ArshtCenter.org) and University of Miami Department of Theater playing Oct. 9 – 26. Tickets start at $45.
Zoetic Stage at the Arsht Center (ZoeticStage.org) opens its season with the regional premiere of Lisa D’Amour’s “Detroit,” Nov. 6 – 23. Ecstatic and dangerously funny, “Detroit” rips up the floorboards to reveal the racing heart under a crumbling suburban dream. Stuart Meltzer directs the incendiary comedy set at a backyard barbecue.
Island City Stage (IslandCityStage.org), the plucky LGBT-centric company that practically swept last year’s Carbonell Awards, kicks off its season, Oct. 23 – Nov. 23, with the world premiere of the topical comedy, “Poz,” by Michael Anan. Set in 2003, the play explores the budding love affair between a young man dying of Leukemia and the older HIV plus he needs to infect him so he can get medical coverage for his chemo. Tickets start at $30. The company also revisits its 2014 Carbonell sensation, Dan Clancy’s moving gay-themed Holocaust drama, “The Timekeepers,” with the original cast, Dec. 3-21, at Levis Jewish Community Center (LevisJCC.org) in West Boca Raton. Tickets start at $29.
With two theaters, Broward Stage Door (StageDoorTheatre.com) in Coral Springs mounts both intimate plays and big musicals. “The Last Romance” by Joseph DiPietro (“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”) opens in Theater 2, Oct. 10 – Nov. 23, followed by the rollicking musical, “Five Guys Named Moe,” Dec. 10 – Jan. 18. Tickets start at $38.
West Boca company Slow Burn Theatre teams up with the Broward Center (BrowardCenter.org) for the rockin’ 1950s jukebox review, “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” a fun time for audiences of all ages in the Abdo New River Room, Oct. 2 – Nov. 23. Dig out that poodle skirt and your penny loafers. Tickets start at $45.
Palm Beach County
Big, traditional musicals are back in style at The Wick Theatre (TheWick.org) in Boca Raton. Executive Producer Marilynn Wick kicks off her season, literally, with non-stop song and dance in “Swing,” Oct. 23 – Nov. 16. This show features the spirited music of Fats Waller. Then, Broadway and film star Leslie Uggams takes the stage as the greatest “aunt” of all time in “Mame,” Jerry Herman’s beloved musical, Dec. 4 – 28. Tickets start at $58.
Slow Burn Theatre (SlowBurnTheatre.org) at West Boca Raton High School is hot and this season, the company offers the regional premiere of the cult favorite, “Carrie: The Musical,” Oct. 16 – Nov. 2. If you’ve seen the movie or are one of the dozens of people who saw the infamous Broadway productions, you know to avoid the “splash zone.” Tickets start at $40.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will always be a classic. Entr’Acte Theatrix (EntrActeTheatrix.org) gives South Florida audiences another opportunity to do “The Time Warp,” Oct. 16 – Nov. 1, at the Crest Theatre at Delray Center for the Arts in Delray Beach. Tickets start at $25.
Palm Beach Dramaworks (PalmBeachDramaworks.org) has carved out a niche mounting the classics and the 2014-15 season is no exception, opening with Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” Oct. 10-Nov. 9. The beauty of ordinary life is celebrated in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play, as the citizens of Grover's Corners experience birth, love, marriage, and death, and the attendant joy, heartbreak, and transcience of being alive. Contemporary playwright Israel Horovitz’s “My Old Lady” follows, Dec. 5 – Jan. 4. Tickets start at $62.
In far north Palm Beach County, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre (JupiterTheatre.org) opens its season with the comedy, “The Foreigner,” Oct. 28 – Nov. 9, and then moves on to its real specialty—big, lavish musicals. “Fiddler on the Roof,” Dec. 2 – 21, is sure to be one of the most memorable and critically acclaimed productions of the season. Tickets start at $54.