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Child's play(s)

Becky_2 City Theatre's Summer Shorts Festival has pulled up stakes and headed north, landing this week at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  For any stir-crazy parents looking for something fun to occupy the kids during these long summer days, consider Shorts 4 Kids!, a separate (and excellent) festival of five plays aimed at young audiences in the Amaturo Theater.

The plays -- by Lloyd Suh, Julie Jensen, Michael McKeever and Marco Ramirez (he wrote two; that's his Becky Meets Mordecai Baxter at left) -- will appeal most to kids 10 and up.  But smart younger ones and adults will enjoy the terrific writing and wonderful acting from Ceci Fernandez, David Hemphill, Sally Bondi, Andy Quiroga, Erin Joy Schmidt and Kevin Reilley.

The run is short: this Thursday and Friday at 10 and 11:30 a.m., and Saturday at 11 a.m. Tickets are a recession-friendly $10 and $12.50.  Call the Broward Center box office at 954-462-0222 or visit the web site.

MuddahMore kid-and-parent theater is available via the New Vista Theatre Company's production of Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah!. Built around the song parodies of the late Alan Sherman, the show tells the story of hapless Barry Bockman, his beloved Sarah Jackman and their misadventures at Camp Granada.  Samara Dunn, Wayne LeGette, Avi Hoffman (all shown at right), Stacy Schwartz and Oscar Cheda warble Sherman's tunes.

The show is having a regular run through July 6 at the West Boca Performing Arts Center, 12811 Glades Rd., Boca Raton.  But the company is offering special family performances at 1 p.m. July 2-3, with students getting in for $10 with each adult who pays $20. Call 1-888-284-4633 or visit New Vista's website.

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