Andrew Lloyd Webber's furry modern classic Cats keeps on strutting, with touring dates in Tampa at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (August 13-15) and the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne (August 16-17). Also at the Straz Jr. Center, see Jobsite Theater's production of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (August 4-22), Bert Royal's melancholy "Peanuts" parody, while the Gorilla Theatre stages Caryl Churchill's Far Away (August 5-15), a surreal meditation on a world ruled by fear.
In Coral Springs, head to the Broward Stage Door Theatre to peek behind the scenes of the silent movie era in the Jerry Herman musical Mack & Mabel (August 20-September 26). Nearby in Fort Lauderdale, the Women's Theatre Project gives us the U.S. premiere of Wicked Sisters (August 5-29), a comic drama by Australian playwright Alma DeGroen that lays bare the jealousies and bonds between three women who come to visit a widowed friend. And in Boca Raton, Caldwell Theatre Company raises the curtain on Joel Gross' The Comfort of Darkness (August 11-September 5), a romance about real-life hypnotist Dr. Anton Mesmer and his love for a blind pianist.
Sarasota's Banyan Theater Company has a jazzman playing the blues as he recollects the breakdown of his family in Warren Leight's drama Side Man (August 5-22). In Bradenton, the Manatee Players strike up some slightly perkier tunes with the sweeping Rodgers & Hammerstein musical South Pacific (August 19-September 5).
South Florida embraces the camp with not one but two productions of Evil Dead: The Musical, the goofy and gory comedy that turns Sam Raimi's horror cult classic into an over-the-top farce complete with front-row "splash zones". Wear a raincoat and catch it at the Venice Theatre August 13-29 or Nova Southeastern University's Black Box Theatre, August 20-September 12. Over in Fort Myers, Theatre Conspiracy mines somewhat deeper source material with their production of Searching For Eden: The Diaries of Adam and Eve (August 20-September 4), a comedy that plants the first love story into the present day.
Finally, peek in on a jaded husband and wife as they fill the gap of an absent son with long-buried tension in Michael Weller's Fifty Words, playing at the Gable Stage at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables (August 14-September 12).