This is what’s happening on theater stages in South Florida this week.
SHOOTING PORN! LIVE ON STAGE!
This show’s provocative title is often confused with playwright Ronnie Larsen’s other work “Making Porn,” an off-Broadway hit. A new play, “Shooting Porn” is based on a 1997 documentary film Larsen directed and is getting its Florida premiere at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale. The play contains nudity and simulated sex scenes.
When: Through March 12; 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 5 p.m. Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays; 4 p.m. Sundays
Where: Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale.
Contact: 954-826-8790 or RonnieLarsen.com
THE FOUR PHANTOMS
Four Broadway performers who have starred in the titular role of “The Phantom of the Opera” take the stage at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. Brent Barrett, Ciaran Sheehan, Franc D’Ambrosio and Marcus Lovett will perform a concert of Great White Way show tunes.
When: 8 p.m. Feb. 17
Where: Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood
Cost: $40, $50 and $75
Contact: 800-745-3000 or MyHRL.com
NOT FADE AWAY: A TRIBUTE TO BUDDY HOLLY
This homage to the music of Buddy Holly also includes tunes from Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Hits re-created onstage include “That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Everyday,” “Summertime Blues,” “Oh, Donna,” “La Bamba,” “Chantilly Lace,” “Beggar to a King” and “Twist and Shout.”
When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17
Where: Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive
Contact: 954-344-5990 or CoralSpringsCenterForTheArts.com
CABARET ON THE COAST WITH LIZ CALLAWAY
Broadway performer Liz Callaway (“Miss Saigon,” “Cats,” Merrily We Roll Along”) brings her cabaret act to SoFlo. The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida’s ensemble group, Tropical Wave, will also perform.
When: 8 p.m. Feb. 17
Where: Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St.
Contact: 877-311-7469 or AventuraCenter.org
Bob Carter’s Actor’s Workshop and Repertory Company in West Palm Beach stages this two-character play with real-life longtime friends Barbara Hartnig and Bob Carter. In the play by A.R. Gurney, two characters begin a relationship through letter-writing when they are both 7 years old. For the next 50 years — through triumphs and tragedies, marriages and children, wars and celebrations — they share their lives, pouring out their secrets to each other. Since its debut in 1989, "Love Letters" has starred the likes of Carol Burnett, Lynn Redgrave, Jason Robards, Charlton Heston, Sigourney Weaver, Mel Gibson, Elizabeth Taylor and Martin Sheen.
When: Feb. 17-19; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. matinee Sunday
Where: Bhetty Waldron Theatre, 1009 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
Cost: $27.50 for adults; $15 for students with ID
SONGFEST MASTERS SERIES, MASTER CLASS WITH DIANA SOVIERO
Soprano Diana Soviero will present a master class hosted by the Florida Grand Opera and Steinway Piano Gallery Miami. “Diana is a great star who has truly lived a life in the theater,” Susan T. Danis, general director and CEO of FGO, says in a press release. “She has been a friend of FGO for years and thrilled audiences with her performances.”
When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18
Where: Steinway Piano Gallery Miami, 4104 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables
Contact: 800-741-1010 or FGO.org
This rom-com by James Sherman follows a little lie to parents that mutates into a full-blown farce. Sarah invents a fiance using actor/escort Bob, who will be more acceptable (read: Jewish) to her parents than her actual WASPy boyfriend.
When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22
Where: B’nai Torah Congregation, 6261 SW 18th St., Boca Raton
Cost: $45 ($36 for congregational members)
Contact: 561-392-8566 or BTCBoca.org
VACLAV HAVEL’S AUDIENCE AND PROTEST
Miami Shores’ Mad Cat Theatre Company stages a double bill of Vaclav Havel’s political plays “Audience” and “Protest.” The two works are the first and third parts of a triptych that dramatizes the moral dilemmas of life in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s.
When: Feb. 23-March 12; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays
Where: Miami Theater Center Sandbox, 9816 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores
Cost: $30, $15 for students and seniors with ID on Thursdays and Sundays
Contact: 305-751-9550 or MadCatTheatre.org
LOVE AND HUMAN REMAINS
Sexually frustrated 30-somethings try to figure out how to navigate modern-day relationships in this comedy-drama. Simultaneously, a serial killer is on the loose, and bodies are starting to pile up.
When: Feb. 23-March 18; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays.
Where: The Abyss Theatre, 2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors
DRUNK SHAKESPEARE PART DEUX — AN OUTRE FUNDRAISER
Outre Theatre Company had so much success with this fundraiser this past summer that it’s staging it again. Just as the title suggests: The show includes a lot of booze and a little of the Bard to raise bucks for the Boca-based troupe. Actors will perform a variety of monologues, sonnets and brief scenes by William Shakespeare while audience members buy them shots … and cab rides home.
When: 8 p.m. Feb. 25
Where: The Irishmen pub, 1745 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton