Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Current Productions for the week of February 27, 2012

Last of the Red Hot Lovers by Neil Simon
at Broward Stage Door Theatre Until Mar 4
Barney Cashman is middleaged, overweight, and married. He wants to join the sexual revolution to have one last fling. Knowing that his mother's apartment is empty on certain days he lures three different women there and attempts to seduce the,. He bungles every attempt. He utterly and hilariously fails at seduction. In desperation he asks up the only other woman he can think of: his wife.

The Pitman Painters by Lee Hall
at Palm Beach Dramaworks Until Mar 11

In 1934, a group of Ashington miners hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favour of practice, the pitmen began to paint. Within a few years the most avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collections; but every day they worked, as before, down the mine.

Billy Elliot: The Musical
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts Until Mar 11
Based on the international smash-hit film, Billy Elliot is Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion that inspires his family and his whole community. A big musical with an even bigger heart, Billy Elliot will enchant the dreamer in all of us.  Music by Sir Elton John, Lyrics & Book by Lee Hall.

Beau Jest by James Sherman 
at The Tamarac Theatre of Performing Arts Until Mar 11
Sarah is a nice Jewish girl with a problem: her parents don’t know she is dating a WASP executive named Chris Kringle. She tells them she is dating a Jewish doctor and they insist on meeting him. She plans a dinner party and employs an escort service to send her a Jewish date to be Dr. Steinberg. Instead, they send Bob Schroeder, an aspiring actor who is extremely convincing in the role and Sarah's parents are enraptured. Soon, even Sarah falls for Bob. 

Sweet Charity
Featuring Margot Moreland as Charity
at The Boca Raton Theatre Guild Until March 18
Sweet Charity tells the story of an optimistic young woman, Charity, who not only wears her heart on her sleeve, she's had it tattooed to her arm!  When Charity finds herself taken advantage time and again she vows never again. The next night she finds herself trapped in an elevator with a claustrophobic tax accountant who soon sweeps Charity off her feet.  Soon it becomes clear that this man is different, but will he still feel the same about her when he finds out that Charity works at the Fan-Dango as a dance hall hostess?

Agatha Christie: The Unexpected Guest
at Lake Worth Playhouse Until Mar 18
A thriller as well as a puzzler set in a foggy estate in Wales; this mystery opens as a stranger walks into a house to find a man murdered and his wife standing over him with a gun.  But the woman is dazed and her confession unconvincing.  So the unexpected guest decides to help her and blame the murder on an intruder. 

Working by Stephen Schwartz
at The Caldwell Theatre Company Presents Until April 1
Based on the best-selling book of interviews with American workers by Studs Terkel, Working explores the American workday from the Monday morning blues to a working person's pride in having "something to point to."  Music by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Lin Manuel-Miranda (In the Heights), and Grammy award winner James Taylor.

A Steady Rain by Keith Huff
at The Gable Stage Until Apr 1
This hard-hitting Broadway smash chronicles love and rage on the streets of Chicago. A domestic disturbance call sends two cops, friends since childhood, on a harrowing journey that will test their loyalties and change their lives forever. As their lifelong friendship is put to the ultimate test, both men must deal with honor and loyalty in the face of adversity.


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