Coming up Sunday and Monday, hone your monologue skills and/or pick from readings of two plays.
* Actress and teacher Amy Miller Brennan is offering a monologue "boot camp" at Arts Alive in Coral Springs. Brennan, nominated for three Carbonell Awards for shows at Actors' Playhouse, will teach a three-hour workshop on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m., working with students ages 12 to adult on honing their monologue skills. The cost is $40, the group is limited to a dozen students, and those accepted should come with a memorized monologue, a notebook and pen. The class takes place at 10450 W. Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs. For info, call 954-372-7878 or visit the Arts Alive web site.
* Jan McArt, a.k.a. Florida's First Lady of Musical Theater, is returning to the stage for a reading of Tony Finstrom's new comedy thriller Murder on Gin Lane. The timeless McArt, founder of Boca Raton's Royal Palm Dinner Theatre, is currently director of theater arts program development at Lynn University. She'll read the four-character play twice. First up is a reading at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Lynn's Wold Performing Arts Center, 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. McArt's fellow actors are Jeffrey Bruce, Iris Acker and Beth Holland, and Wayn Rudisill will direct. Admission is $10, and you can get info by calling 561-237-9000 or visiting Lynn's ticketing site.
The play will get another reading, this one free, as part of Sleepless Night Miami Beach at 7 p.m. Nov. 5. McArt, Bruce, Shari Upbin and Blanca Goodfriend will be in that cast, and the event will take place at the Byron Carlyle Theatre, 500 71st St., Miami Beach.
* The new Outré Theatre Company is launching itself with a reading of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Artistic director Skye Whitcomb and managing director Nori Tecosky are borrowing the stage at New Theatre, 4120 Laguna St., Coral Gables, for the reading at 7 p.m. Monday. Suggested admission is an $8 donation. For details, visit the company's web site.