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An unintended resonance echoes in Empire Stage’s production of Misery that Stephen King likely did not quite foresee. In a world where some people steadfastly, even violently believe whatever they want to believe, somewhere Annie Wilkes is shrugging and asking “What’s your point?”
A respectable production of an English language translation of the multi award-winning play, Art, is on stage through May 15 in Empire Stage’s extremely intimate playing space in Ft. Lauderdale.
You may never view crossword puzzles the same way again after watching Jerry Mayer’s romantic, touching, and hilarious character-driven comedy, 2 Across. Fortunately, the Ft. Lauderdale-based nonprofit professional theater company, Pigs Do Fly Productions, is giving Mayer’s warm, compelling play a believable and energetic production.
Given the multiple challenges inherent in mounting a stage version of the iconic film The Graduate, the Empire Stage production does reasonably well because of the commitment of everyone involved, but it does not qualify any better than an average night of theater.
Pigs Do Fly’s production of 2 Across is the story of two radically different but similarly lonely neurotic urbanites who meet on a pre-dawn San Francisco commuter train. They start as strangers on a train, but you can see the improbable inevitable bonding coming numerous stations ahead, no matter how seemingly incompatible they are in temperament.
Both Sides of a Famous Love Affair – The Jackie Mason Musical, the semi-autobiographical comedy about a young South Florida woman whose affair with the famed comedian results in a love child, flat does not work despite the earnestness of the cast and creative team.
Imagine if the writers at Saturday Night Live created an evening of comedy skits with a Twilight Zone/Rocky Horror sensibility. They’d probably produce something akin to The Monster Project, a quartet of playlets by local writer Brian Harris mounted by Playgroup LLC.
This observer had trouble sussing out the cerebral depths that playwright Annie Baker intended in her quite funny meditation Body Awareness at the Island City Stage/Empire Stage production. Fortunately, witty dialogue, intriguing performances and insightful guidance from director Michael Leeds make for an entertaining evening if not a completely comprehensible or cohesive one.
Audience members have few joys as pungent as discovery. Which brings us to the fledgling Outré Theatre Company and Tuesday night’s staged reading of the ink-black comic drama Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead at Empire Stage– and Outré’s reading in May of the chamber musical tick…tick…BOOM.