Some puppet shows are wonderful family events -- but Shaun McNamara's 50 Shades of Felt is not one of them. This scandalous parody of the similarly titled bestselling novel features full puppet nudity, sexual themes and situations galore, and language that would make your grandmother blush, and most likely you as well! For all its naughtiness, however, 50 Shades of Felt is a riotously funny good time replete with a puppet "Sex Pledge," puppets shaped like objects they shouldn't be, and a Goddess with the power to grant those elusive "fuzzgasms." Leave the kids at home for this one, and head to Ft. Lauderdale's Empire Stage for a show that aims to make you feel violated (or at least in need of a cigarette).
Take a bold step into the wild stories of working in gay porn, with writer-performer Chris Harder as your hard-bodied guide. The exaggerated, campy reflection on Harder's career (his real name, convenient for the industry) is a Wonderland-like tour visiting outlandish characters and hilarious experiences. With his occasional sidekick Movie Star Barbie, Harder exposes just how demanding the job can be. As different a world as it is, sex workers are real people with loving parents, even if those parents don't understand their child's life choices. Harder bares his soul and his body to boot in Big Bright Star at Fort Lauderdale's Andrews Living Arts.
A sophisticated classic that remains as tart and incisive as ever when it comes to modern relationships, Stephen Sondheim's multiple Tony-winning musical comedy revolves around commitment-phobic Bobby, his three girlfriends, and the five married couples who happen to be his best friends. Get caught up in this series of interlocking sketches, filled with romantic ups-and-downs, as well as Sondheim's dazzling score, which includes favorites like "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive." This new production of Company comes to the stage at the Kravis Center in West Palm.
Behind Mona Lisa's coy smile lies a history of theft, immigration and encounters with the rich and famous. And no, we're not talking about the mysterious subject, but rather the literal painting itself. In this newest tale from multiple award-winning playwright Michael McKeever, Finding Mona Lisa embarks on an adventure that explores the history of this renowned painting, along with Leonardo da Vinci's first brushes with the subject at hand, the lovely Senora del Giocondo. From the Mona Lisa's meetings with multiple acts of vandalism to her "resting time" on Napoleon's bedroom walls, McKeever highlights the painting's hilarious journey at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables.
In the Heights made a splash on Broadway, scoring the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical and winning over audiences with its fresh-faced charm and vibrant music. With incredible hip-hop dancing, a contemporary Latin-flavored score and a story from Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator of the hit Broadway show Hamilton), In the Heights is an exhilarating journey into the lives of the residents of the Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City -- a place where the coffee from Usnavi's corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the scent of impending change. Like many in his community, Usnavi struggles to decide which traditions to keep and which to leave behind. Don't miss Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts' production of this Broadway hit when it comes to the Susan B. Katz Theater.
An adaptation of Tony Award-winners Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd) and James Lapine's (Passion) Broadway hit, Into the Woods Jr. has been redesigned specifically with young performers in mind. A whimsical, adventurous musical, the story centers around a baker and his wife who wish for a child and, unable to conceive, set off to break a witch's curse. Along their journey, they encounter quite a few favorites -- including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and, of course, his beanstalk. Delivering a fresh spin on several of the timeless fairy tales penned by the Brothers Grimm, this show features catchy songs and funny plot twists the whole family will enjoy. See it now at the Area Stage Company in Coral Gables.
Music, merriment and adventure abound in Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's zany, gender-bending comedy of unrequited love and romantic mischief. When twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck and wash ashore in the beautiful but mysterious land of Illyria, they're quickly caught up in a maze of mistaken identity and mismatched passions. Viola falls hopelessly in love with Duke Orsino and disguises herself as a man so she can enter his world. Filled with juicy comedic characters and beloved scoundrels, Twelfth Night features some of Shakespeare's wittiest wordplay. New City Players present this lively take on this comic masterpiece at the Vanguard in Fort Lauderdale.