Performing Arts

Michael McKeever’s hit ‘Daniel’s Husband’ gets another run

Alex Alvarez (left) and Antonio Amadeo created the leading roles in Michael McKeever’s ‘Daniel’s Husband,’ which will get a second run in Boca Raton in November-December.
Alex Alvarez (left) and Antonio Amadeo created the leading roles in Michael McKeever’s ‘Daniel’s Husband,’ which will get a second run in Boca Raton in November-December.

Michael McKeever’s world premiere play Daniel’s Husband, which wrapped up an extended (and largely sold-out) run on July 5, will come back to South Florida in late November.

The most successful production so far for Fort Lauderdale’s Island City Stage, the play will be done again Nov. 28-Dec. 20 at the Beifield Auditorium on the Levis Jewish Community Center campus, 21050 95th Ave. South, Boca Raton. The return is a collaboration between Island City and the West Boca Theatre Company, which previously brought back Island City’s Carbonell Award-winning production of Dan Clancy’s The Timekeepers.

Island City’s artistic director Andy Rogow will again direct the production, and all the actors except one are returning. Alex Alvarez will play Daniel Bixby, an architect who ardently wants to marry his longtime partner Mitchell Howard, a successful writer who doesn’t see the need for marriage. Larry Buzzeo will be back as Mitchell’s agent, Kristian Bikic as a home healthcare aide and Laura Turnbull as Daniel’s self-centered mother Lydia. Antonio Amadeo, who created the role of Mitchell, has another commitment, so actor-director John Manzelli will play that part.

Daniel’s Husband, which was presented at Empire Stage, travels a path from wit and passionate disagreement to tragedy. In the wake of the United States Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality, McKeever’s deeply moving play provides a vivid example of why that right is so important.

“I am beyond thrilled that Island City Stage's production of Daniel's Husband will be coming back to the region,” McKeever says. “I've never received so many texts, Facebook posts, phone calls or personal messages in regard to one of my shows. The audience response has been overwhelming.”

Tickets to the Levis JCC run of the play are $30 to $40. For information, call 561-558-2512 or visit www.levisjcc.org/boxoffice.

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