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March madness

To anyone who wonders what's going on in South Florida theater (or, to the out-of-town snoots who wonder if this little piece of paradise even has much theater to speak of), I offer exhibit A:  the first weekend in March.

OK, so that Friday is technically Feb. 29, but if this weren't a leap year, it would be the beginning of March.  And on that Friday and Saturday, there are seven productions opening in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Blackbird_image_3_3 In Miami-Dade on March 1, GableStage opens its production of David Harrower's Blackbird, an unsettling play about a young woman (Mary Rasmussen) who confronts an older man (Gordon McConnell) about their long-ago and very inappropriate relationship.  That same night, the African American Performing Arts Community Theatre (AAPACT) opens its production of Bill Harris' Stories About the Old Days.

In Broward, Plantation's Mosaic Theatre opens its production of John Patrick Shanley's wild play Dirty Story on Feb. 29.  Davie's Promethean Theatre is doing Nilo Cruz's Two Sisters and a Piano, followed by talkbacks with Cruz March 1-2.  Fort Lauderdale's Sol Sol_art Theatre Project, which has been refurbishing its cozy space over the last few months, reopens March 1 with a production of Yasmina Reza's Art.  And also on March 1, Oakland Park's Rising Action Theatre officially opens Confessions of a Mormon Boy.

And, in Palm Beach County, Boca Raton's Caldwell Theatre Company opens Joel Gross' Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh Feb. 29.

Still not enough? Florida Stage in Manalapan is holding its second annual New Works Festival March 2-4.  Back in Miami, Monty Python's Spamalot begins a six-day run at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts March 4.  And at Fort Lauderdale's Parker Playhouse, The Soul of Gershwin opens for its six-day run March 4.

I don't know about you, but I'm actively seeking someone who can clone me.