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'Theater prom' tickets on sale

CARBONELL (35th) POSTER South Florida's theater community has taken to calling the annual Carbonell Awards "theater prom."  Oh, they recognize that the region's top theater honors, which inevitably seem to be both exciting and controversial, are plenty meaningful to both nominees and winners.  But when the 35th annual Carbonells get rolling at 7:30 p.m. April 4 in the Broward Center's Amaturo Theatre, the crowd of actors, directors, designers, critics and theater fans will be dressed to kill and ready to party.

This year's ticket price is $25 for individuals, $20 each for groups of 10 or more.  They're available by calling the Broward Center's box office at 954-462-0222 or visiting the web site.  The Broward Center is at 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

After the ceremony, which is being hosted by actor-playwright (and double Carbonell nominee) Michael McKeever and directed by Zoetic Stage artistic director Stuart Meltzer, there's more theater prom fun courtesy of the South Florida Theatre League.  The League is hosting the Carbonell after-party from 10 p.m. to midnight at the Green Room, 109 SW Second Ave., just a few blocks from the Broward Center.  Admission is free with a Carbonell ticket stub, and with that comes a free welcome drink, a ticket for a second drink, a buffet and a cash bar.  And who knows what kind of post-prom drama?