If given the choice of going to an interactive theater production or getting a root canal, I have to say that in my case, the dentist might win out. Sure, I know craft and effort are involved in the shows, and I know some folks have a ball at faux weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs and the like. So call me crazy, but II prefer to participate in the ceremonies of life when I actually know the people being celebrated or mourned. And if I want to see a great show, I'll buy a ticket to one; if I want a great meal, I'll go to a restaurant. The interactive theater combo, for me, seldom delivers.
But anyone who would heartily disagree might want to know that another interactive show opens next week, joining the already-running The Boychick Affair: The Bar Mitzvah of Harry Boychik, at which you can have a laugh and a nosh through March 8.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, which has already played host to Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding (at least twice -- though I've stopped counting), has invited a bunch of wannabe wise guys over for Murdered by the Mob. The premise is that a newly anointed Godfather is throwing a little celebration dinner, and youse all are invited.
The show runs Feb. 19 to March 1 in the Abdo New River Room at the Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $59.50, and the tab includes an Italian dinner. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Call 954-462-0222 or check the web site, so you shouldn't have to sleep with the fishes. Me? I'll be at the dentist.