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Fundraiser laughs, plus drama onstage and off

Elena Garcia City Theatre is holding one funny fundraiser this Saturday.  Two of its frequent Summer Shortsstars, Elena Maria Garcia (six festivals) and Stephen Trovillion (a dozen festivals), will team in Shorts Unplugged: The Best of the Fest, an event to benefit the group's 15th annual festival to be held in June at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

SteveTrovillion, who teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, is taking a quick working weekend to perform Paul Rudnick's Pride & Joy (in which he play a chic Jewish mom whose grown kids specialize in making her anxious), Christopher Durang's DMV Tyrant, Rich Orloff's Matterhorn and Joshua James' The Race (Garcia stars with him in the latter three).

Tickets are $100 each, and the event -- a 7 p.m. reception and an 8 p.m. performance -- happens at the Key Biscayne Community Center, 10 Village Green Way, Key Biscayne.  Call 305-755-9401, ext. 12, or visit City Theatre's web site.

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Getting OutTonight at 8, Broward College opens its production of Getting Out, the play that marked future Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman as a writer to watch. Shelby Steel and Pamela Della Bella play the same character at different ages.  Arlene has just been paroled after serving an eight-year sentence for manslaughter; Arlie is her hate-filled, rebellious younger self.  The intense drama, which contains strong language and adult themes, shows the tug-of-war between what was and what could be.

Faculty member Jett Canary directs the production, which happens through March 28 at the BC Central Campus, Bldg. 6, Second Floor, 3501 Davie Rd. in Davie. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets are $10 ($5 for BC students, faculty, staff and for seniors).  Call 954-201-6884 for info.

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Gordon McConnell, a Carbonell Award winner and one of South Florida's finest actors, is stepping into the Caldwell Theatre Company's current production of The Old Man and the Sea.  Actor David Pendleton, who was starring as the aged Cuban fisherman in Eric Ting and Craig Siebels' stage version of Ernest Hemingway's Pulitzer Prize-winning novella, had surgery after suffering a blood clot in his brain and remains in intensive care.  McConnell will complete the run of the show, which has performances at 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday-Sunday, through March 28.  Tickets are $34-$55 ($10 for students), and the Caldwell is located at 7901 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton.  For information, call 1-877-245-7432 or visit the Caldwell's web site.

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