South Florida's professional theaters are opening shows at a fast and furious pace -- tonight brings the world premiere of Juan C. Sanchez' The Bearded Lover at Davie's Promethean Theatre, plus the opening of Danai Gurira's Eclipsed at The Women's Theatre Project -- but student theater programs are keeping up the same frenzied pace.
Miami's New World School of the Arts winds up its run of the Broadway hit The Drowsy Chaperone this weekend with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday in the Louise O. Gerrits Theater on the eighth floor of the New World building at 25 NE Second St. Tickets are $12 ($5 for students and seniors). Call 305-237-3541 or visit the school's web site.
At the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre on the University of Miami campus, Aristophanes' Lysistrata and Charles Mee's The Big Love continue their repertory run through Feb. 27. Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ring, 1312 Miller Dr., Coral Gables. Tickets are $18 Friday-Saturday, $16 other shows (with discounts for students, seniors, faculty, staff and alumni). Call 305-284-3355 or visit the Ring's web page to see the performance schedule for each show.
For a free theater experience, check out Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead on the Kendall campus of Miami Dade College. Performances are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through Feb. 27 at the Studio Theater, Bldg. M, 11011 SW 104th St., Kendall. Call 305-237-2282 or visit the web site for info.
Also in south Miami-Dade, the Roxy Theatre Group is presenting a huge student cast in the Broadway classic Damn Yankees through March 5. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday (with an additional matinee March 5) at the Roxy Performing Arts Center, 1645 SW 107th Ave., Miami. Tickets are $20. Call 305-226-0030 or email SusannePinedo@gmail.com.
Up north in Boca Raton, Florida Atlantic University is presenting the Jane Martin inside-theater comedy Anton in Show Business through Feb. 27. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday in the Studio One Theatre on the campus at 777 Glades Rd. Tickets are $20 ($12 for students, faculty, staff, alumni and children under 12). Call 1-800-564-9539 or visit the FAU web site.
(Photo of Elizabeth Nestlerode in Big Love, left, and Grace McCabe in Lysistrata by Kent Lantaff.)