Putting on a play is never easy nor cheap, at least if you're aiming for high-quality professional work presented in a major performing arts center. Alliance Theatre Lab is in the midst of a campaign to raise $5,000 for its March 7-24 production of Brothers Beckett, the David Michael Sirois comedy about twentysomethings who are finding adult life none too easy. The award-winning play was a major hit for Alliance when the company did it almost two years ago at the Main Street Playhouse in Miami Lakes, but mounting a full production in the Carnival Studio Theater at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is way more pricey.
So the company has come up with a couple of fun fundraisers to augment its ongoing Indiegogo campaign, which will soon hit $2,000. First up is a comic murder mystery-Italian dinner night this Sunday at 8 p.m. at Dellaventura's Pizzeria, 4120 SW 64th Ave., Davie. (Alliance company member Mark Della Ventura, who's in the Brothers Beckett cast, is a driving force in the fundraising.) The cost for the interactive murder mystery show, a family-style dinner and two glasses of beer or wine is $50 per person, advance reservations required. Visit the Alliance site for reservations and info.
On Monday, Feb. 4, the Beckett boys (and girls) will go bowling at SpareZ Bowling Alley, 5325 S. University Dr., Davie, to raise some more dough. If that's more up your alley, the event happens from 8 to 10 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. check-in. Cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Again, visit the Alliance site or call 305-259-0418. Proof that arts fundraising doesn't have to be all earnest and stodgy.