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Critic's picks: Theater

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Nov. 15-20

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-832-7469 or Tickets start at $27.

This play-within-a-play is centered on the fascinating story of Christopher, a teenager with remarkable math skills and very few social skills who sets about to clear his name when he's accused of killing a neighbor's dog. The Broadway run won five Tony Awards.

An American in Paris

Dec. 6-11 at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $27.

Dec. 27-Jan. 1 at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722 or Tickets start at $29.

Of course, I was already excited about this show based on the 1951 Gene Kelly-Leslie Caron movie. After all, the stage musical won four Tony Awards when it was on Broadway in 2015. But to make things even better, former Miami City Ballet dancer Sara Esty will repeat her performance from Broadway on the road tour. And her sister Leigh-Ann Esty, who was also with the Miami City Ballet, is her understudy. So no matter what, South Florida audiences will see some Esty magic. Oh, and one more thing: The score is by George and Ira Gershwin and includes sterling silver standards such as "I Got Rhythm," "But Not for Me," "S'Wonderful" and "Stairway to Paradise."

Blues in the Night: A Musical

Jan. 27-Feb. 19

Arts Garage, 94 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561-450-6357 or Tickets cost $35-$45.

Three women, plopped down in a seen-better-days Chicago hotel in 1938, talk about the man that done them wrong. One low-down dude makes these women sing 24 blues songs from composers such as Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Bessie Smith, Gordon Jenkins and Vernon Duke.

New Country – An Unfiltered Comedy

Feb. 2-12

Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave.; 561-586-6410 or Tickets cost $23.

This country-fried farce is about a country music star named Justin Spears (probably because his persona is a mashup of Britney Spears and Justin Bieber) who is driving his record-company handlers crazy with his antics on the night before his wedding. To make matters even worse, they have to deal with an unhinged bellboy, a spurned biker-chick-ex-girlfriend and a sexually indiscriminate uncle right out of the "Duck Dynasty" mold. The off-off-Broadway show was written by Mark Roberts, an executive producer for "Two and Half Men," "Mike and Molly" and "The Big Bang Theory." The comedy is part of the Black Box Series, which features edgy work, and is performed in Lake Worth Playhouse's 53-seat Stonzek Studio Theatre.

Something Rotten

March 21-April 2

Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 800-764-0700 or

When we think of beefs in the entertainment world, Kanye West and Taylor Swift comes to mind. But last year's big Broadway hit tells the story of two brothers in 1595 England who are in a theatric throwdown with no less than William Shakespeare. The Tony-winning musical also manages to send up just about every major musical over the past 50 years, from "South Pacific" to "Wicked."

Rod Stafford Hagwood writes about entertainment. Reach him at or on Twitter @RodHagwood.

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