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The Summer Theater Fest Reading Series winds down Monday with the debut of Paul Tei's "Instant Classic," in which a writer-actor, Max, throws an impromptu party for three friends at his downtown Los Angeles loft, and friendships vanish faster than the alcohol supply. The 7:30 p.m. free play-reading, at Mad Cat Theatre Company (9816 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores), is one of two options for theatergoers, the other being Susan Westfall's "Two Weekends and a Day," about lifelong friends whose relationship is threatened by arrival of a female neighbor. 7:30 p.m. at City Theatre at Empire Stage (1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale).
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One is an opera-singing veterinarian. Another is a dermatologist who tickles the ivories. And a third, a comedian and anesthesiologist, doesn't need laughing gas to make you chuckle. On Tuesday night at Harriet Himmel Theatre at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, the 17 medical personnel participating in the third annual Physicians Talent Showcase will share a side of themselves that their patients rarely see. A benefit for children in need at Adopt-a-Family of the Palm Beaches, the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation and Faith's Place in West Palm Beach, the performances come from doctors working in Palm Beach County. Other docs expected under the spotlight include Kenneth Fuquay, affiliated with the pulmonology department at Jupiter Medical Center, who plays classical guitar; Lourdes Nieves, a pediatrician who dances the flamenco; Wellington plastic surgeon Robin Sykes on the flute; Jack Zeltzer, a Lake Worth vascular surgeon on drums; and Gordon Johnson, a retired pathologist who will keep the ball rolling as the talent show's emcee. 600 S. Rosemary Ave. $75. 866-449-2489 or
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by Phillip Valys, SouthFlorida.com Monday: Summer Theater Fest Reading Series in Fort Lauderdale, Miami Shores Tuesday: Physicians Talent Showcase at Harriet Himmel Theatre Wednesday: Michael McDonald and Toto at Hard Rock Live Thursday: On the Ave in Delray Beach Friday: Radio Theatre: The Philadelphia Story at Arts Garage Saturday:The Crush Games at the BB&T Center Sunday: Tori Amos at Fillmore Miami Beach