Plantation's Mosaic Theatre has just revealed four of the five shows of its 2009-2010 season, and artistic director Richard Jay Simon looks to be mixing it up a little more than in seasons past.
Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll, the theater's single drama (at least so far), kicks off the lineup Sept. 10-Oct. 4 The Broadway hit is set in Prague and Cambridge between 1968 and 1990, years of vast political change, and it focuses on a rock-loving Ph.D. candidate, his Marxist professor and a "flower child."
Christopher Durang's recent Off-Broadway hit, Why Torture Is Wrong, and The People Who Love Them, follows the Stoppard Nov. 19-Dec. 3. Durang's twisted, absurdist comedy mixes the fear of terrorism with the possibility that those who arouse suspicions just might be plain crazy.
The music of William Finn, composer of Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, fuels the revue Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn, which will run Feb. 25-March 21, 2010. Next is last season's Broadway hit, Boeing Boeing, a '60s French farce about a playboy juggling an international trio of flight attendant fiancees. That one runs April 15-May 9, with a to-be-announced final play following June 10-27.
Mosaic's final show of its current season, Neil LaBute's In a Dark Dark House, continues through June 21. Featuring a trio of expertly unsettling performances by Ricky Waugh, Terry Hardcastle and Miriam Wiener, the play focuses on a pair of couldn't-be-more-different brothers,
Drew (Waugh) and Terry (Hardcastle). Drew's what-the-hell lifestyle -- booze, drugs, dishonesty, flings with other women -- helped get him disbarred and finally landed him in rehab. Trembling from withdrawal and the sheer effort of facing the truth sober, Drew asks the noticeably testy Terry to corroborate the childhood trauma he blames for his dysfunction: abuse by a drifter who was Terry's idolized friend.
LaBute, who adds the drifter's flirtatious 16-year-old daughter into the mix, explores truth, deception, revenge and jealousy in a script that tantalizingly reveals plot points that really aren't so surprising if you're familiar with the playwright's style -- twisted, deliberately shocking though undeniably intriguing. Simon gets richly faceted performances from all three actors, and set designer Sean McClelland finds an unsettling symbol of the brothers' topsy-turvy reality: their boyhood tree house, set on its side but seemingly viewed from above.
In a Dark Dark House has performances at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35 ($29 seniors, $15 students). Mosaic performs at the American Heritage Center for the Arts, 12200 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. Call 954-577-8243 or visit Mosaic's web site for details. June 21 is also the deadline for getting 2009-2010 subscriptions at the current rate: $149 for adults, $128 for seniors, $64 for students.