Broward County is seeing a resurgence in regional theater this fall. Slow Burn Theatre Co., the resourceful troupe that has built a strong reputation bringing new life to the quirky musicals that didn’t do so well the first time around on Broadway, is moving from West Boca High School to the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater. The first production in their new home is the stage adaptation of the film, “Big Fish,” Oct. 22 – Nov. 8. Tickets and more information at BrowardCenter.org.
Two small innovative companies also have new homes: Nicole Stodard’s Thinking Cap Theatre is now performing at the Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts, a beautifully converted former church on south Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Their fall productions include Erin Courtney’s “A Map of Virtue,” Oct. 1 – 18, and Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Nov. 12 – Dec. 6. For tickets, go to ThinkingCapTheatre.com. Erynn Dalton’s Infinite Abyss has inaugurated the Abyss Theatre at 2304 N. Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors. For upcoming productions, go to Infinite-Abyss.org.
Island City Stage, the LGBT-centric company, is also calling the Abyss Theatre home after several seasons at Empire Stage. Island City, under the leadership of Andy Rogow and Michael Leeds, continues to lead the way with world and regional premieres. They open their Wilton Manors season with Topher Payne’s “Angry Fags,” Nov. 12 – Dec. 13. South Florida audiences will also get a chance to catch another look at last season’s critically-acclaimed production of Michael McKeever’s moving new play, “Daniel’s Husband,” Nov. 28 – Dec. 20 at Beifield Auditorium on the Levis Jewish Community Center campus in Boca Raton. For tickets and more information, go to IslandCityStage.org.
Regional companies continue to be strong in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.
In Miami-Dade, Zoetic Stage at the Arsht Center opens its season with award-winning local playwright Christopher Demos-Brown’s world premiere play, “Stripped,” Nov. 5 – 22. For tickets and more information, go to ZoeticStage.org.
Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theater in Coral Gables brings back that cult favorite rock musical, “The Toxic Avenger,” Oct. 14 – Nov. 18, followed by “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge,” Dec. 2 – 27, just in time for the holidays. For tickets and more information, go to ActorsPlayhouse.org.
Joseph Adler’s GableStage at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables brings Nick Payne’s spellbinding romance, “Constellations,” to South Florida, Nov. 21 – Dec. 20. For tickets and information, go to GableStage.org.
In Palm Beach County, The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum will again parade amazing outfits, first with “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” Oct. 1 – 31, and then with Lee Roy Reams offering a gender-bending twist on “Hello, Dolly!,” Nov. 5 – Dec. 6. The Wick hosts “Ballroom with a Twist-Mas,” featuring the pros of “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” Dec. 10 – 27. For tickets and more information, go to TheWick.org.
Arts Garage, the cool performance space in Delray Beach, opens its season with “Sex with Strangers,” Oct. 25 – Nov. 15. All eyes are on this program with the arrival of Keith Garsson and Genie Croft to helm the theater program. For tickets and more information, go to ArtsGarage.org.
Palm Beach Dramaworks, which tends to stick to American classics, gets off to a big start with the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Picnic,” Oct. 9 – Nov. 8, the story of a stranger who arrives in a small Kansas town and begins to awaken the residents’ emotions. “The History Boys,” a classroom drama, follows, Dec. 4 – Jan. 3. For tickets and more information, go to PalmBeachDramaworks.org.
Maltz Jupiter Theater in Jupiter is best known for its big budget musicals, but the company has turned to traditional dramas and comedies to open its fall season in recent years. Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” is artistic director Andrew Kato’s pick for 2015-16, running Oct. 25 – Nov. 8. Maltz follows the mystery with the South Florida premiere of the Broadway dance sensation, “Billy Elliott,” Dec. 1 – 20, featuring a cast of talented young local performers. For tickets and more information, go to JupiterTheater.org.