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The lucky and not-so-lucky

Carl00_hiaasen_liv_tmc Prolific novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen has seen two of his books, Strip Tease and Hoot, turned into movies.  Soon, theater audiences at the Edinburgh Festival, a regional theater in Oxford and (its producers hope) in London's West End will get the chance to experience Hiaasen's darkly comic view of life in his home state.

Lucky You, published by Knopf in 1997, spins the tale of dueling lottery winners in a Central Florida town famous for its dubious "miracles." It has been transformed into a play-with-music by director Matthew Francis and University of South Florida theater prof Denis Calandra.  Loundon Wainwright III has written the songs, including one titled Florida.  But the inspired-by-reality weirdness is, of course, the product of Hiaasen's prodigious imagination.

Lucky You runs July 31-Aug. 25 at Scotland's Edinburgh Festival, then moves to Oxford Sept. 1-6.  For information, check out the production's web site.


Langella_2 On the less lucky but undeniably dramatic front, several years after Richard "I Am Not a Crook" Nixon fled the White House in the wake of the Watergate scandal, the former president sat down with British television host David Frost for a series of no-holds-barred, revealing interviews.

Those 1977 conversations are at the heart of Frost/Nixon, a Tony Award-winning play by Peter Morgan, who wrote the screenplays for The Queen and The Last King of Scotland.  Frank Langella also won a Tony when he starred as Nixon in the 2007 Broadway production, and now the Caldwell Theatre Company has snagged the rights to present it during the 2008-2009 season, the company's 34th.

Frost/Nixon will run Jan. 4-Feb. 8 at the Boca Raton theater.  The play is part of a season that will include the musical She Loves Me (Nov. 9-14), the world premiere of Dangerous by Davie playwright Michael McKeever (Feb. 22-March 29) and the musical Something's Afoot (April 12-May 17).  Visit the web site or call 1-877-245-7432 for information.