The Rising Action Theatre was all set for a splashy opening this weekend -- new space, new production -- but construction delays on its 100-seat space in Oakland Park have pushed back the company's plans. The production of Terrence McNally's Some Men, a collage of gay history built around the guests at a gay wedding, will now open Oct. 19, after a preview Oct. 18.
Doug Williford (seated) and Sam Yazbeck are in the eight-man cast, and Michael Reed (he staged Swinging on a Star on Broadway) directs. The still-under-construction theater is at 840 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Mayor Larry Gierer is expected to cut the ribbon to officially open the space at 7:45 p.m. Oct. 19. The show will run through Nov. 18, with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 -- but for $50, you can see the show and get dinner at Primavera Restaurant, 830 E. Oakland Park Blvd. For info, go to the Rising Action web site or phone 1-800-595-4849.
There was another gay play in town, James Edwin Parker's Two Boys in a Bed Together on a Cold Winter's Night at Fort Lauderdale's Sol Theatre Project. But after a single weekend of performances, one of the two actors bailed from the show. And in small theater, there are no understudies. So you'll have to wait for Some Men, or for the next production at Sol, to get your gay theater fix.