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The celebration of love in many permutations – from first connections to farewells – swirls around the stage like the snow and the aurora borealis lights in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ gentle, sometimes comic, sometimes bittersweet, consistently touching Almost, Maine. The vignettes about the quirky residents creating, testing, dissolving relationships is shot through with the hope that love can be found or rescued.
There is a fifth crucial performer not mentioned in the playbill for Palm Beach Dramaworks’ upcoming production of “Almost, Maine.” High above the residents on a chilly Friday night in late January in the titular small town, a parade of lights flickers like the bottom of a multicolored curtain.
The Caldwell Theatre’s hilarious satire The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz sneaks a critical rabbit punch at the solar plexus of society. The milieu of “professional” wrestling should not dissuade serious theatergoers, although the faux spectacle including brief grappling bouts will entertain anyone but a killjoy. The copious comedy is laced with cutting social commentary about demagogues exploiting our prejudices about race and nationality to make money or gain power.
It’s a safe bet that hardly any theatergoer in South Florida will have seen a play like The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity when it opens this week at the Caldwell Theatre Company. After all, rarely do rehearsals require actors learn World Wrestling Entertainment moves that while bogus are actually downright dangerous to the execute. Or where the director is flipped in the air by a burly athlete and lands flat on his back.