Opening this week

Friday: The Comfort of Darkness at The Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton.

Passion, ego and hypnotism are stirred into what the Caldwell hopes will be a bewitching brew in the world premiere of Joel Gross’ romantic drama about Anton Mesmer, whose discovery of ‘animal magnetism’ made him a controversial figure in 18th century science. His attempt to cure a beautiful blind pianist threatens both their futures. Through Sept. 5.
Saturday: Fifty Words at GableStage in Coral Gables.

Playwright Michael Weller, who had a hit about aging hippies with Moonchildren in 1971, returns decades later to examine both the humor and terror inside a contemporary marriage. The catalyst is when the two are left alone for the first time in years because their child is on a sleepover. Stars Gregg Weiner and Erin Joy Schmidt. Though Sept. 12.

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