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A look at Lansky

MikeBurstyn-Lansky-creditMichaelPriestPhotography Mike Burstyn works all over the world, but the actor-singer (and sometime Yiddish theater star) has lots of South Florida fans who turn out whenever he returns to the area.

He's coming back next week in the solo show Lansky, a play coauthored and directed byactor Joseph Bologna (Richard Krevolin is the other playwright).  Burstyn portrays the infamous -- and well-known in South Florida -- mobster Meyer Lansky, the organized crime financial mastermind who helped the mob turn Havana and Las Vegas into wildly lucrative gambling meccas. 

In the play, which runs Jan. 20-24 at the Parker Playhouse, Lansky looks back over his life of crime even as he schemes to spend the last days of his life in Israel.  Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday-Sunday.  Tickets are $20 and $40, available by calling 954-462-0222 or visiting the Parker Playhouse web site.  The theater is located at 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale.