After taking barely a breather, the South Florida theater season resumes with a tsunami of shows, at least 26 professional productions alone through the first weekend in February. Here’s the first wave:
(some in previews)
Mad Cat Theatre
The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse
404 NW 26th St., Miami
Kristina Wong (star and writer of 2010’s Going Green The Wong Way) is an ensemble piece rather than her usual one-woman show. She describes the piece as “an interdisciplinary performance blending the parallel worlds of two pathetically lonely personas living at the margins of gender and society—musty cat ladies and fast-talking male pick-up artists. This multi-media theater piece incorporates the psychology behind hoarding (both of animals and humans), pick-up artist techniques, anecdotes from unmarried women who live alone with cats (“cat ladies”), and my attempts to simultaneously end racism and get my cat to stop spraying…. It soon opens into larger examinations of humans as awkward actors within the food chain, painting the growing disconnect between human beings and their animal instincts in a pixelizing world.” Preview Jan. 3
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The Women’s Theatre Project
Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park
300 South Military Trail in Boca Raton,
Faye Sholiton’s play takes place on the day a Holocaust survivor meets her interviewer, the child of other survivors, to record eyewitness testimony for posterity. This is a revival of the show that WTP produced in 2009 with most of the same cast: Harriet Oser, Patti Gardner and Irene Adjan, directed by Genie Croft.
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Forbidden Broadway 30th Anniversary Tour
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 NE 188th Street Aventura
(877) 311- 7469
A satirical roast of over 30 Broadway hits boasting outrageous costumes, silly spoofs of classic songs and madcap impressions by a stellar cast.
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The Sunshine Boys
Tamarac Theatre Of Performing Arts
7143 Pine Island Rd.
The classic Neil Simon comedy about two aging vaudevillians trying to get back together for a one-time comeback on television despite a decades-long feud.
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Jan. 5-Feb. 3
Island City Stage/Empire Stage
1140 N. Flagler Dr., Ft. Lauderdale
The former Rising Action Theatre reconstitutes under new management as Island City in association with Empire Stage which is loaning out its theater. This play by Chris Weikel is described as exploring “some of our worst dating fears – including commitment, cuddling and settling down together in a hilarious, sexy urban faerie tale with a twist. Johnny and Dave have been dating casually until one night, upon returning from their favorite leather bar, Dave turns into a pig—literally! Will the morning after turn into happily ever after? Can Johnny’s stoner friend Kyle or the mysterious trannie from down the street help? Now challenged with having to care for Dave and find a way to turn him back, Johnny discovers that the true fairy tale transformation might need to be his own.” The director is Andy Rogow.
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Delray Beach Center for the Performing Arts
Old School Square
51 N. Swinton St., Delray Beach.
Satirical skits and musical parodies about politics and society.
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Singin’ in the Rain
Maltz Jupiter Theatre
1001 East Indiantown Road, Jupiter
Adapted from the Gene Kelly-Debbie Reynolds-Donnald O’Connor movie, this romantic comedy overflows with splashy song-and-dance numbers, including songs such as “Good Morning,” “Make ‘Em Laugh” and the show-stopping title number, “Singin’ In the Rain” in which the Maltz plans to cover its stage with rain. The golden age of movie musicals comes alive as it follows silent movie actor Don Lockwood’s journey into the talkies of the late 1920s.
Kravis On Broadway
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
(561) 832-7469 or (800) 572-8471
Returning after a sellout run in March 2010, this is the story about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons, and how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. (Note: Contains adult language.) .
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Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Musical based on the Disney movie about a magical British nanny who changes the life of a banker’s family.