Florida Spotlight: September 2009
Up on the Roof
On the east coast, catch Tennessee Williams' wistful family drama The Glass Menagerie at the Broward Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs (September 11-November 1), or head south to Plantation as Mosaic Theatre presents the southeast premiere of Rock n' Roll (September 10-October 4), Tom Stoppard's meditation on passion and politics against the backdrop of a turbulent Czechoslovakia. Further south, the Jewish Cultural Arts Theatre in North Miami Beach stages John Patrick Shanley's tense Catholic school drama Doubt (September 2-13), while the University of Miami raises a glass to the songs of Leiber and Stoller in the tribute musical Smokey Joe's Café at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre (September 9-19).
Over to the gulf coast, it's a trio of musical one-acts from Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick with the Venice Theatre's production of The Apple Tree (September 29-October 18). Continuing north, The Players Theatre of Sarasota finds romance and song on the high seas with the Cole Porter chestnut Anything Goes (September 24-October 4), and Bradenton's Manatee Players stages the classic matchmaker musical Hello, Dolly (September 24-October 11).
For less traditional fare, head to Tampa for My Children! My Africa! at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (September 3-20). Athol Fugard's drama pits a brilliant black student against a white schoolgirl in a literature contest in a segregated South Africa community. Also at the TBPAC, Jobsite Theatre follows up its quirky production of Pericles with And Baby Makes Seven (September 23-October 11), a surreal comedy of imagined adolescence by Paula Vogel.