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Boca Raton gets more theater

As the Caldwell Theatre Company winds up its world premiere run of Michael McKeever's Stuffthis weekend, we learn that the company is planning a second stage season at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center.  And that a brand-new company will be performing at the Mizner Park facility (formerly the Cartoon Museum) as well.

WHATNEXT_Kay The Caldwell's initiative is dubbed Caldwell 2@ Mizner, and it will be programmed by veteran director Kenneth Kay.  The initial season will consist of four shows in the second-floor black box theater at the center, 201 Plaza Real.  The only play announced so far is Ann Nelson's The Guys, a tribute to firemen who lost their lives on Sept. 11.  The Guys runs Sept. 8-24.

The new series gets celebrated with a launch party and performance at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19.  Tickets are $35, and Kay says that the event "...will showcase not only some of our best regional talent, but will also provide a glimpse into the kind of plays and musicals we intend to produce in this intimate second performance venue."

That celebration takes place at Mizner Park during the Aug. 10-Sept. 4 run of Sharr White's Six Years at Caldwell's home theater, 7901 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton. Margery Lowe and Todd Allen Durkin star in the play about the evolution of a marriage from 1949 to '73.  Tickets to Six Years are $38-$50.  For information on the summer season or second stage plans, visit the Caldwell web site or call 1-877-245-7432.

Avi Smile '11 Coming later in the new season to the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center is the inaugural effort of the not-for-profit Parade Productions.  Avi Hoffman stars in the first show, Donald Margulies' Brooklyn Boy, about a novelist whose success creates problems in his marriage and extended family.

Also associated with the new company are director Kim St. Leon, actress Candace Caplin, arts suporter Karen Rosenberg, producer Mario Betto and financial expert Peter Caplin.

Brooklyn Boy runs Jan. 26-Feb. 12, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets are $30 ($25 seniors and groups).  Visit the company's web site for more info.

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