News: Fund-raising Readings for GableStage & Mosaic, Remy Awards Announced, Carbonells Offer Scholarships, Staged Reading of Who Killed Joan Crawford, Laffing Matterz Returns, New on Iris Acker This Week

Fund-raising Staged Readings for GableStage and Mosaic

Here’s an approach you’ve never seen before: two separate staged readings of the same play to benefit two local theaters.

Television and stage actor Dan Lauria will star in staged readings of his own play Dinner With the Boys at GableStage in Coral Gables at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, and at Mosaic Theatre in Plantation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Joining Lauria (who starred in TV’s The Wonder Years and the recent Broadway play, Lombardi) will be Ray Abruzzo (TV’s The Sopranos and currently starring in Mosaic’s Lombardi) ) and local actor/teacher Richard Zavaglia.

The play is described as “a dark comedy, where friendship meets murder and mayhem.”

Tickets are $25 for subscribers of either theater and $30 for non-subscribers. Wine and light refreshments will be served at both theaters. Reservations are required. For GableStage call (305) 445-1119 or visit For Mosaic Theatre, call (954) 577-8243 or visit

Theatre League Names Remy Winners

The South Florida Theatre League has revealed who will receive its coveted Remy Awards next month: Christopher Jahn and Meredith Lasher.

Jahn, a longtime area tech director, will receive the Service Award. It’s given to “distinguished individuals who have rendered truly noteworthy and extraordinary service in the past year, recognizing their invaluable and outstanding contributions made through their time, talent and expertise by taking the initiative and actively participating and contributing to the growth and development of the Theatre League.”

The award recognizes Jahn’s continuing work compiling, evaluating and fighting for arts coverage on the South Florida Theatre Scene blog.

Lasher will receive the Pioneer Award, which is given to “distinguished individuals who have, over the years, taken the lead and contributed substantially to the health, growth and development of the South Florida theatre community.”

Lasher, an actress, costume designer, producer and co-founder of Women’s Theatre Project, was cited for her almost decade of service on the South Florida Theatre League Board, including her tenure as president.

The Remy Awards are named for Remberto Cabrera, the former Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Senior Cultural Administrator and Chief of Cultural Development.

The honors will be presented, along with the Silver Palm awards at the Theatre League’s annual general meeting and holiday party at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Bimini Boatyard restaurant, 1555 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale.

Admission is free for League members and $25 for non-members. For more information email

Carbonells Offer Theater Scholarships

The Carbonell Awards program is more than just a way to recognize excellence in local theater; revenue from the annual awards ceremony funds three scholarships for high school students from the tri-county area who plan to study theater or journalism in a university setting.

Students can apply for the $1,000 scholarships and find more information by visiting the Carbonell website

The Carbonell Awards Inc. has given out more than $100,000 in scholarship funds over more than 30 years. Checks will be presented at this year’s Carbonell Award ceremony at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on April 2.

Staged Reading of Michael Leeds’ Who Killed Joan Crawford

Local director Michael Leeds (The Light in the Piazza) unveils his own script, Who Killed Joan Crawford?,  in a free staged reading at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at Rising Action Theatre at Sunshine Cathedral, 1480 SW 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.

The play is described as, “On a dark stormy night, five men arrive at a cabin in upstate New York to celebrate the birthday of their friend, soap star Trick Rogers.  Each guest is dressed as Trick’s favorite actress and mentor, Joan Crawford, in one of her signature roles. But Trick is late, and while waiting for the birthday boy to arrive, the Joans begin drinking and dishing until dark secrets emerge, long-held resentments are revealed and soon there’s one Joan less.”

Laffing Matterz Returns With A Comic Vengeance

Laffing Matterz, the venerable comedy troupe that lampoons current events and trends after filling the audience with dinner, has reopened for a six-month run at the Broward Center’s Abdo New River Room. Topics in the all-new show range from down-home cooking queen Paula Deen to low-down sexting politicians.  The show runs Thursdays-Sundays. For more information or tickets call (954) 462-0222 or visit

New on Iris Acker This Week
          Iris Acker, host of BECON television’s theater show On Stage With Iris Acker, is on the receiving end of the questions in this week’s edition when she is interviewed by Keith Garsson, producer of Boca Raton Theatre, who is just coincidentally producing The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, the show she is currently starring in. Next week, Iris is back in the other chair, this time interviewing Joseph Adler, producing artistic director of GableStage.
The show airs 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 6 p.m. Sundays on Comcast Channel 19, Atlantic Broadband Channel 83 and all satellite services on Channel 63. The shows are also archived online at

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