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New season, future stars

Vices00_body_wknd_CTCBoca Raton's Caldwell Theatre Company, which will open its production of Lisa Loomer's Distracted(a stinging comedy about a family coping with a kid who may or may not have ADHD) in April, has just announced three of the four shows in its 2010-2011 season -- including the return of a Carbonell Award-nominated hit and two hot titles.

Vices: A Love Story, a sizzling dance-theater-music piece that earned the company eight nominations in next month's Carbonell  competition (including best musical), will return to start the season Nov. 7-Dec. 12.  Artistic director Clive Cholerton says many Caldwell regulars who missed the show when it was presented in the summer of 2009 told him they wished they'd seen it. Wish granted.

Becky Shawby Pulitzer Prize finalist Gina Gionfriddo (who's on the writing staff of Law & Order) plays the Caldwell Jan. 2-Feb. 6.  The comedy (inspired by the Becky Sharp character in William Makepeace Thackeray's Vanity Fair)is about a quintessential bad date that is followed by unpredictable twists.  A still-to-be-chosen play will run Feb. 20-March 27, then comes Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), a smart play about a remedy for sexually unfulfilled women in the late 1800s.  It runs April 10-May 15, and though I'm totally guessing here, I wouldn't be surprised if Ruhl (a MacArthur "genius" grant winner) and the play somehow figure into this year's announcement of the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Subscriptions to the new Caldwell season are $70 to $260 (individual tickets won't go on sale until Aug. 9).  The theater is located at 7901 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton. Call 1-877-245-7432 or visit the Caldwell's web site for information.


Threepenny_051Catch tomorrow's stars tonight when the New World School of the Arts (NWSA) presents its Rising Stars Showcase at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.  Students in the school's music, dance and theater divisions will perform on the stage at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Theater highlights include excerpts from Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera, something from How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and a piece from a santería-style Midsummer Night's Dream.

Dance offerings include an all-male troupe performing Remembrances, choreographed by faculty member Peter London; Passengers,choreographed by Gerard Ebit, and an excerpt from The Apple Tree, choreographed by Joseé Garant.

The NWSA Symphony Orchestra and concert choir will perform the Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana.  NWSA's Jazz Ensemble, featuring trumpeter Gilbert Paz, will perform the Latin-style The Eighth Veil.

Miami-based painter Hernan Bas will be honored with the Rising Stars Alumnus of the Year Award.

Tickets to the showcase are $15 to $65.  Call the Arsht's box office at 305-949-6722 or visit the center's web site.