Performing Arts

South Florida gets a zombie musical, short plays and two classics

The new Punchline Theatre Company is launching with the comedy zombie musical ‘The Rocking Dead’ by Gabriel Hammad and Barrett Shuler.
The new Punchline Theatre Company is launching with the comedy zombie musical ‘The Rocking Dead’ by Gabriel Hammad and Barrett Shuler.

The new season is already off and running, but the pace of openings is speeding up. On Friday, three more professional productions and a college show join the list of temptations for theater lovers.

▪ A new troupe, Punchline Theatre Company, kicks off the Black Box Studio Series at the Coral Spring Center for the Arts with the comedy zombie musical The Rocking Dead. With a book and lyrics by Gabriel Hammad and music by Barrett Shuler, the show puts a band, its manager and a sheriff in a remote cabin and then surrounds them with zombies. The show runs through Nov. 1 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $39.22. The theater is at 2855 Coral Springs Drive. Call 954-344-5990 or visit www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com.

▪ Pigs Do Fly brings Flying High!, a new program of short plays about dynamic people over 50, to Fort Lauderdale’s Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, through Oct. 25. Todd Caster, Steven Chambers, Jim Gibbons, Elissa D. Solomon, Carol Sussman and Donna Warfield appear in the plays, which are being staged by Elena Maria Garcia and Gail S. Garrisan. Those plays are Coming Through by Pamela Schueler, Hail Kale by Carol White, Standing Tall by Marv Siegel, Stuck by David Susman, The Rock by Miram Kulick, Exchange, No Returns by Garcia and Dream a Little Dream of Me by Caster. Performance are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30. Call 866-811-4111 or visit www.pigsdoflyproductions.com.

▪ Palm Beach Dramaworks begins its season with the William Inge classic Picnic, which will run through Nov. 8. Artistic director William Hayes is staging the play, which will feature Kelly Gibson as the beautiful Madge and Merlin Huff as Hal, along with Patti Gardner, Taylor Miller, Maren Searle, Elizabeth Dimon, Margery Lowe, Michael McKeever, Julie Rowe, Natalia Coego and Riley Anthony. Performances are at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday-Sunday (additional 7 p.m. shows on select Sundays). Tickets are $64 (students pay $10). Call 561-514-4042 or visit www.palmbeachdramaworks.org.

▪ The college theater program at Miami’s New World School of the Arts is kicking off its season with a sizzling production of Tennessee Williams’ classic play A Streetcar Named Desire. Dominic Servidio plays Stanley Kowalski to Anissa Comonte’s damaged Blanche DuBois. Brianna Gagné plays Blanche’s sister Stella, with Daniel Llaca as Blanche’s would-be suitor Mitch. Faculty member Stuart Meltzer is staging the production. The play runs Friday-Oct. 18 in the Louise O. Gerrits Theater at New World, 25 NE Second St., Miami. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 (students and seniors pay $5). For information, call 305-237-3541 or visit nwsa.mdc.edu.

Christine Dolen: 305-376-3733, @christinedolen

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