Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Current Productions for the week of June 18, 2012

AVENUE Q by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty
At The Andrews Living Arts Studio Until June 23

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

Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays
Presented by City Theatre
At The Broward Center Until June 24
Experience an exciting, provocative evening of new short plays read by a dynamic, celebrity cast and written by some of America’s most illustrious playwrights.  Dealing in a personal way with same-sex marriage and equality, these American writers have created an evening that is at once as insightful and stirring as it is funny and heartwarming.  Celebrate post-show at a wedding reception complete with music and wedding cake!  A portion of all proceeds will be donated to Equality Florida.

Small Membership by Mark Della Ventura
At The Alliance Theatre Lab Until June 24
Matt, a big boy with a small problem, is 26 years old and seeking attention and guidance from a group of strangers.  The show centers on male insecurity and through a series of flashbacks we see his childhood and adulthood struggles with puberty, sexual orientation, anxiety, true love, heartbreak and self-determined celibacy.

A Bicycle Country by Nilo Cruz
At New Theatre Until June 24
Three characters, whose lives seem to be moving nowhere, set out to build a dream even if that dream seems perilous.  This stirring portrait of three Cuban exiles and their harrowing journey across the Caribbean Sea, in the play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz,  examines the universal themes of freedom and oppression, hope and survival.

La Cage Aux Folles Staring George Hamilton
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts Until June 24
LA CAGE tells the story of Georges, the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner Albin, who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges' son brings his fiancée's conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly!

The Edge of our Bodies by Adam Rapp
At Mosaic Theatre Until July 1
The Edge of Our Bodies was a tremendous hit at this year's Humana Festival and features Bernadette, sixteen, on the train from her New England private school to New York City to give her boyfriend some big news. Achingly articulate about all she can't know or control, this play captures a young woman at the threshold of vulnerability and experience.

DeathTrap by Ira Levin
Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre Until July 1
The trap is set… for a wickedly funny who’ll-do-it. Broadway’s longest-running mystery is a classic pulse-pounding thriller with devilishly wicked characters and multiple twists. The plot thickens as a once famed playwright, now living on his laurels, is sent a more-than-promising manuscript from an aspiring playwright. His dilemma: Can he get the young author to collaborate with him?  If not – is murder an option?  Of course it is.

Love Scenes by David Pumo
At Emire stage Until July 1
Six, individual scenes.  Each with it's own flavor and perspective.  Each depicting a different type of relationship in gay america.  Each unique chacrter as different as six random people you would meet on the street.  All played by one actor.
Warning: Nudity and adult themes.

Xanadu by Douglas Carter Beane, Jeff Lynne and John Farrar
At Slow Burn Theatre Co. Until July 1
XANADU follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first ROLLER DISCO This tale of endless fun will keep you in stitches, while the legendary chart-topping tunes will lift you out of your seat. You’ll want to keep the music in your head, and XANADU in your heart, forever.


I attended the Avenue Q performance on Saturday June 16, 2012 and the show was outstanding. The theater is small but with comfortable seats and a great set and actors and actresses that performed with the puppets; it was truly amazing. It was so nice to be that close to the stage. The set design was Broadway caliber and the cast did a superb job. It was my first time to that theater and I enjoyed it so much that I am volunteering my time to work there. Looking forward to their future productions.

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