There's a bit of a lull in openings over the next few weeks, an odd little end-of-March/start-of-April gap that will come to a frenzied end April 16-18 when six -- yes six -- theaters open shows in that three-day period. (If you're wondering what is opening where: I Ain't Yo' Uncle at M Ensemble, In Darfur at Mosaic Theatre, A Little Night Music at Broward Stage Door, Something's Afoot at the Caldwell Theatre Company, No Child at GableStage, Mauritius at New Theatre. Yipes!)
Several shows are opening in the interim -- the new musical Cagney! at Florida Stage March 27, The Life at the Wilton 26th Street Theater April 1, The Andrews Brothers at Rising Action Theatre April 4, Jersey Boys at the Broward Center April 8 and Marco Ramirez's new play BroadSword! at Mad Cat Theatre April 10 -- but that's a fairly slow pace for South Florida in season.
To tide more voracious theater lovers over, two staged readings are happening at the end of March.
Conundrum Stages will remember recently departed playwright Horton Foote with a reading of his best-known play, The Trip to Bountiful. The prolific Texan, who passed away shortly before he would have celebrated his 93rd birthday, spins the engaging tale of a woman determined to visit the home where she was born and raised, despite her family's interference. Paula Sackett directs Kathleen Emrich, Murray Elman, Brian McCormack, Jennipher Murphy, Dyani Batcheller, Don Crinklaw and Justin Mellender in the free reading at 2 p.m. March 28. The event is in the northwest branch of the Broward County Library, 1580 NW Third Ave., Pompano Beach. Call 954-786-2186 for information.
Also getting one of his plays read is playwright-producer and Carbonell Awards judge Tony Finstrom. His script All About Evan is described as a "gay comedy romp spoofing films such as The Devil Wears Prada and All About Eve." Finstrom adds that the play was inspired by his experiences working the switchboard at a New York entertainment magazine fond of running photos of actors in the buff. Richard LaFrance directs Iris Acker, Antonio Amadeo, Jeffrey Bruce, Jim Gibbons, Robert Hooker, Andy Rogow and Daivd Tarryn-Grae in the reading at Fort Lauderdale's Sol Theatre Project, 1140 NE Flagler Dr., at 7 p.m. March 30. For info, email Floridatheater@aol.com.