With Florida now the 36th state to recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry, Michael McKeever’s newest play — Daniel’s Husband — could hardly be more timely.
The comedy-infused drama will have its official world premiere in a production by Island City Stage at Fort Lauderdale’s Empire Stage May28-June 28. But you can sample the evolving work at 7:30 p.m. Monday when Jan McArt’s New Play Reading Series at Boca Raton’s Lynn University presents a staged reading of the play.
Island City artistic director Andy Rogow is directing the reading, which features actors Alex Alvarez, Antonio Amadeo, Kristian Bikic, Barbara Bradshaw and Larry Buzzeo. Admission is $10, and the reading will take place in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center on the Lynn campus at 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. For information, call 561-237-9000 or visit events.lynn.edu. For information on Island City’s season, which continues Jan. 29-March1 with Octopus by Steve Yockey, visit www.islandcitystage.com.
Continuing to put a fresh spin on time-tested plays, Miami Theater Center artistic director Stephanie Ansin and resident artist Fernando Calzadilla have reimagined George Axelrod’s The Seven Year Itch, a 1950 work famously made into a 1955 movie starring Tom Ewell and Marilyn Monroe. The play focuses on a bored, restless married guy who finds himself tempted by a beautiful neighbor while his family spends the summer at the beach.
Heading the just-announced cast are Aaron Glickman, publisher of SocialMiami.com, as the restless husband and Diana Garle as his alluring neighbor. Also in the production are James Howell, Betsy Graver, Chaz Mena, Linda Bernhard, Jessica Farr, Shira Abergel, Anaridia Burgos, and understudies Joe Ferrarelli and Caiti Wiggins. Ansin will direct, Calzadilla will design the set, lighting and costumes, composer Luciano Stazzone will do the music and sound design, and Luckner Bruno Jr. will contribute movement direction.
The Seven Year Itch will run Feb. 19-March 22 at Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35 except for the Feb. 21 opening night, priced at $150 each including a post-performance reception. Call 305-751-9550 or visit www.mtcmiami.org.
The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center hosts an eclectic pair of arts events next weekend on Saturday evening.
On the main stage, choreographer Alonzo King’s San Francisco-based LINES Ballet will perform Concerto for Two Violins set to music by J.S. Bach, Men’s Quintet with music by Edgar Meyer, and Writing Ground, which is set to sacred music. A free 6:30 p.m. pre-show lecture by Anjali Austin of Florida State University will explore why black dancers remain marginally represented in American ballet. The performance is at 8 p.m. with tickets priced at $25-$45.
The singing string quartet Well-Strung performs at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. in the center’s Black Box Theater. Violinists Edmund Bagnell and Christopher Marchant, cellist Daniel Shevlin and violist Trevor Wadleigh call their show POPssical, and it features music by everyone from Mozart to Miley Cyrus. Ticket are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
The center is at 10950 SW 211th St., Cutler Bay. For information, call 786-573-5300 or visit www.smdcac.org.
Shakespeare Miami’s free production of The Tempest begins its traveling performances on Friday at the Shell Lumber Stage, 2733 SW 27th Ave. in Miami. The 19-member cast features Cathy Orlando in the role of Prospera (traditionally, the sorcerer and rightful Duke of Milan is a male named Prospero), New York-based Tess Brenner as Miranda and London-based Edward Lewis French as Ariel. Artistic director Colleen Stovall is staging the magic-laced play, which features original music by David Munnell.
The first weekend of performances at the Shell Lumber stage are at 8 p.m. Friday-Jan. 18. The show moves to Hollywood’s ArtsPark Amphitheater at 1 Young Circle for shows at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23-24, then winds up its run at the Barnacle Historic State Park Stage, 3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30-31. Audiences at all three locations are invited to arrive early and bring a picnic; a blanket or low seating is also advised. For more information, visit www.shakespearemiami.com.
▪ Through the Looking Glass, a solo exhibit by Miami artist Jason Aponte, is on view at Cafeina’s Wynwood Exhibition Center, 297 NW 23rd St. in Miami, through Jan. 31. Curator Ananda DeMello of Art Habit selected paintings from Aponte’s ongoing Reflections Series to invite viewers to create their own understanding of the pop culture characters in each scene. A free talk with the artist is set for 7 p.m. Thursday. For more information, visit www.cafeinamiami.com/wec-wynwood-exhibition-center.
▪ Tickets are on sale for the second annual BodhiFest at the Ichimura Miami-Japanese Garden on Watson Island, Miami Beach. From Jan. 24-Feb. 8, the largest jade Buddha sculpture in the world will be on display as part of the 2015 Tour of the Jade Buddha for universal peace. Festivalgoers will experience multicultural dances, organic and international food, outdoor activities and animal blessings for pets. Tickets are $10 for weekend entry, free on weekdays with a suggested donation of $10. The garden is at 1101 MacArthur Causeway, Watson Island. Call 305-858-5016 or visit www.bodhifestmiami.com.
▪ The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center presents an exhibit by Prudence Y. Gill, who just completed an AIRIE residency at Everglades National Park. The opening reception for Gill’s Ghosting Nature is Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. There is a $7 parking fee, but entry into the event is free. Call 305-351-6767, ext. 119, or visit www.biscaynenaturecenter.org.
▪ Pastures Green: The British Passion for Landscape is on view at the Norton Museum of Art through April 5. Drawn from collections of the National Museum Wales, the exhibition includes some 65 works by renowned artists such as Claude Lorrain, Salvador Rosa, Thomas Gainsborough, Joseph Wright, J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, Augustus John, Graham Sutherland, John Piper and Richard Long. All works depict the rise of landscape painting in Britain from before the Industrial Revolution to today. The Norton is at 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Call 561-832-5196 or visit www.norton.org.
Christine Dolen and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report. Send news to cdolen@MiamiHerald.com (theater), jlevin@MiamiHerald.com (dance, pop and Latin music), jwooldridge@MiamiHerald.com (visual arts) or khamersly@MiamiHerald.com (jazz, classical music).