Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Current Productions for the week of April 30, 2012

The Country Boy by John Murphy
At The Irish Theatre of Florida Until May 5
THE COUNTRY BOY tells the story of Curly, 25, who still lives at home with his parents, Tom and Mary Kate.  Curly dreams of following his older brother Eddie to the United States in pursuit of success, even if it means leaving his sweetheart, Eileen Tierney behind.  Only upon Eddie's first return home on vacation with his wife Julia, are truths revealed of hardship, alcoholism, a troubled marriage, homesickness, and regrets.

Last Call by Terri Girvin
Presented by First Step Productions
At Empire Stage Until May 6 
A typical day in a bartender's life is full of snap judgments and snappy comebacks. On this night, Two worlds collide when our bartender's needy and quirky customers fight for her attention as she deals with a barrage of desperate phone calls from her self-medicating, about-to-be-homeless mother. Terri is forced to choose between coming to her mother’s rescue – or her own.

AVENUE Q by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty
At The Andrews Living Arts Studio Until May 6
AVENUE Q is an "Autobiographical and Biographical" coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Its characters lament that as children, they were assured by their parents, and by PBS's Sesame Street, that they were "special" and "could do anything"; but as adults, they have discovered to their surprise and dismay that in the real world their options are limited, and they are no more "special" than anyone else.
Warning: This Show Contains Puppet Nudity

A Measure of Cruelty by Joe Calarco
At Mosaic Theatre Until May 13
A MEASURE OF CRUELTY is loosely based on actual events of 2009 where Michael, a 15 year old boy, was doused with rubbing alcohol and set on fire by five teenagers. As a peaceful South Florida neighborhood is rocked by headlines, a local bar owner struggles to keep the peace with his son.  But as a storm grows ever closer, the men are forced to come to terms with each other and their long-guarded secrets.

Little Shop of Horrors by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman
Seymour Krelborn is a nerdy orphan who is taken in and given a job by Mr. Mushnik at his flower shop on Skid Row.  One day, just after an eclipse of the Sun, Seymour discovers a strange and mysterious plant which he calls Audrey II after the shop's beautiful assistant.  While caring for Audrey II, Seymour discovers the plant's rather unique appetite.  The plant grows and grows, as does Seymour's infatuation for Audrey.  Will Audrey II take over the world or will Seymour and Audrey defeat it?

Death and Harry Houdini by Nathan Allen and Dennis Watkins
In the Ziff Ballet Opera House Until  May 20
Bold, visually stunning, and highly entertaining, DEATH AND HARRY HOUDINI delivers a roller coaster ride through the life of the great Harry Houdini.  House Company Member and award-winning magician Dennis Watkins will perform Houdini's most renowned and dangerous escape—the dreaded Water Torture Cell—in this dark and tumultuous story guaranteed to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

13 by Dan Elish & Jason Robert Brown
At The Main Street Players Until May 20
13 is a grown-up story about growing up! When his parents get divorced and he's forced to move from New York to a small town in Indiana, Evan Goldman just wants to make friends and survive the school year. The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life. His only friend, Patrice, won't talk to him. The school freak sees an opportunity for blackmail and someone is spreading the nastiest rumors. Easier said than done.

SixDance Lessons in Six Weeks by Richard Alfieri
Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre Until May 20
A touching comedy about a formidable retired woman, Lily Harrison, who hires an acerbic dance instructor, Michael Minetti, to give her private dance lessons in her gulf-front condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an intimate friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears, and joys while dancing the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, and Contemporary Dance.

HomeExchange by Hy Conrad
Waterfront Playhouse Until May 26
What happens when you trade houses with total strangers and think you’ve discovered a murder plot? A producer of TV crime shows exchanges her Manhattan apartment with a couple from England. Once in the English cottage, she and her brother (her traveling companion) grow suspicious that something is about to happen to the British husband. A suspenseful comedy in the mold of Deathtrap but with a bit of Rear Window thrown in for fun.

Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies
The Gable Stage Until June 3
Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent, have been together for nine years and share a passion for documenting the realities of war. When her battlefield injuries force them to return home to New York, they find their future together threatened by the prospect of a more conventional life. Penned by Pulitzer Prize Winning playwright Donald Margulies, Tony nominated Time Stands Still was hailed as one of the best new plays on Broadway!


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