Clybourne Park is a clever and provocative comedy on race, class and real estate that puts a new spin on Lorraine Hansberry's landmark A Raisin in the Sun by contrasting the same cultural issues in a northwest Chicago neighborhood. In 1959, a white couple sets off a community controversy when they inadvertently sell their bungalow to the area's first black family. Half a century later, gentrification issues arise when a black couple clashes with the white couple who want to buy and remodel the same house. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park now comes to the Vanguard in Fort Lauderdale.
Broadway's production of Fun Home clinched five Tony Awards -- including Best Musical of 2015 -- earning praise as "the best of what Broadway can do" by the Associated Press and "something of a miracle" by New York Magazine. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home tells the story of Alison at three different ages, alongside her uniquely dysfunctional family -- her mother, brothers and brilliant yet volatile father. Intimate, emotional and refreshingly honest, this powerhouse musical captures the experience of seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. Enjoy the show's South Florida premiere at the Adrienne Arsht Center's Carnival Studio Theater in Miami.
This ain't your grandmother's Pirates of Penzance! Immerse yourself in this modern-day funhouse as "Gilbert & Sullivan meets Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines" at the University of Miami's Jerry Herman Ring Theatre in Coral Gables. Conceived in the same spirit as Gilbert & Sullivan's hit satire of Victorian England, this fresh take on the original retains the brilliance of the music and the splash of its story while updating its moving targets.
So long, farewell ... to The Sound of Music you thought you knew. Fans of The Sound of Music will remember Rolfe as the handsome Aryan boy, in love with Liesel Van Trapp. Or was he? He may only be "17 going on 18," but playwright Andrew Bergh adds intrigue to the Von Trapp household by giving Rolfe a backstory and a boyfriend. See it at The Abyss Theatre in Wilton Manors.