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A musical, a play and new works in bloom

On stage at South Florida's colleges and universities at the moment, you can find a classic musical, a comedy by a journalist-turned-playwright and nine short new works by aspiring theater professionals.  The weekend also brings a reading of a piece inspired by Macbeth.

UM Pal Joey At the University of Miami's Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, the 1940 Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart classic Pal Joey is running through April 23.  Joey Barreiro plays the ambitious title character, a womanizing charmer who will do anything to further his song-and-dance career.  Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.  Tickets are $25 Friday-Saturday, $22 other shows (discounts for seniors, students and UM faculty, staff and alumni).  The Ring is at 1312 Miller Dr. on the UM campus in Coral Gables. Call 305-284-3355 or visit the Ring's web site.

Two programs featuring nine new works are on tap at the New World School of the Arts' New Playwrights' Festival 2011 this weekend.  Program A features Apple Tree by Dylan Guerra, The Diner by Nile Harris, M by Jean-Louis Droulers, Swan Song by Andrew Quintana and An Irrelevant Title by Armando Santana.  In Program B are Recoil by Brandon Flynn, It's an Underworld After All by Dylan Guerra, Goodbye Alice by Maite Francois and The Crubicle by Rafi Lorie and Dylan Guerra.  Program A goes on at 4:30 today, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Program B will be presented at 7:30 tonight, 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, all int he Louise O. Gerrits Theatre at New World, 25 NE Second St., Miami.  Tickets are just $5.  Call 305-237-3541 or visit the New World web site for info.

At Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, columnist Mitch Albom's comedy Duck Hunter Shoots Angel -- about two Alabama brothers who fear they've shot an angel -- runs this weekend and next.  Performances are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through April 23.  Tickets are $20 ($12 for students, faculty, staff, alumni and kids under 12).  The show is in the Studio One Theatre, 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton.  Call 1-800-564-9539 or visit the FAU events web site.

 Also in Boca this weekend, the Boca Raton Theatre Guild is doing staged readings of Terry Lawrence's new play Scott at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park, 301 S. Military Trail.  Inspired by Macbeth, the play follows an American soldier being pushed toward power by his wife as he's exploited by politicians and business moguls.  Lawrence, whose play Women Drivers will be staged by Fort Lauderdale's Women's Theatre Project in the fall, will hear actors Barbara Sloan, Karen Stephens, Jeffrey Bruce, Peter Librach, Taylor Darden and Bradford Sadler read Scott under Genie Croft's direction.  Tickets are $10, and performances are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.  Call 561-347-3948 or email Carol Kassie at ckassie@gmail.com for info.