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A different season advance: Quietly, oh so quietly, the 2016-2017 theater season in South Florida is shaping up to be as notable for tidal growth, contraction, ebb and flow as it is for the actual productions scheduled.
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.
Jamaica Farewell — Debra Ehrhardt’s semi-autobiographical comedy about her emigration to America – has passages of tension and tears, but it’s not exactly the heart-warming tale of a life-threatening journey that graces the front page of The Herald. It’s is a gently funny chronicle of Ehrhardt’s perilous journey – perilous in that she entered the country smuggling one million dollars,
While David Sedaris’ The SantaLand Diaries has its share of funny, when his script stoops low for laughs, he dashes all the other precious gifts he doles out in this very inventive one-person show. Yet there are reasons to see Empire Stage’s production of the adult-tinged, bah-humbug holiday theater tradition.
There may be 12 days of Christmas, eight days of Hannukah and seven days of Kwanzaa, but there are 31 days of theater in South Florida underscored by the coming week in which at least 11 shows are opening in addition to at least 11 already open and at least seven more opening later.
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.
For a comedy about the magical transformation of man into a pig and how that opens up his lover’s ability to commit to true love, there’s plenty of laughs but not a lot of magic in Pig Tale, An Urban Faerie Story, now being presented by Island City Stage and Empire Stage
Eighteen Silver Palm Awards honoring theatrical excellence in South Florida during the 2011-2012 season will be presented Dec. 3, as well as two Remy Awards from the South Florida Theatre League.
Despite the raunchy discussion of every kind of sex, the flamboyantly omnisexual emcee, and, oh yes, the title – The All-American Genderf**k Cabaret – this irreverent satire from Thinking Cap Theatre sheathes a compassionate lament for the difficulty of forging meaningful relationships amid the sexual maelstrom of the 21st century
Empire Stage, the vest pocket theater next to the railroad tracks at 1140 N. Flagler in Fort Lauderdale, is becoming a popular center for staged readings as well as temporary digs for small, fledgling companies.