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This week on South Florida stages: Poetry in motion

This is what’s going on in South Florida theaters this week.

BEFORE NIGHT FALLS

The Florida Grand Opera stages this bio-opera based on Reinaldo Arenas’ posthumous 1992 memoir about persecution under the Fidel Castro regime in Cuba. In 2000, the book was turned into a movie with Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem. The opera will be sung in Spanish and English with projected titles in both languages.

When: March 18-25; 7 p.m. opening night Saturday, March 18; 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, March 19; 8 p.m. March 21 and March 24-25

Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Cost: $25-$229

Contact: 877-949-6722, ArshtCenter.org or FGO.org

THE FUTURE IS FEMALE FESTIVAL

Miami’s Lost Girls Theatre troupe will perform readings of short plays by 11 female playwrights, four of them high school students. “We're really excited about the mixture of voices,” co-artistic director Andie Arthur says in a press release. “It includes some beloved playwrights from our Getting Lost Reading Series as well as some playwrights I have been itching to work with before now. We're also showcasing the voices of four high school students in this mix, which feels like the best way to highlight the title and theme of the festival.”

When: 7 p.m. March 20

Where: Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Cost: Free

Contact: LostGirlsTheatre.com

GYPSY

Very loosely based on the memoirs of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee, this hit musical with a score by Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne features now-standards such as “Let Me Entertain You,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “You Gotta Get a Gimmick,’ “Together, Wherever We Go” and “All I Need Is the Girl.”

When: March 21-April 9; 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. matinees Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays

Where: Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road

Cost: $63-$120

Contact: 561-575-2223 or JupiterTheatre.org

BAREFOOT IN THE PARK

Montana Repertory Theatre brings its production of Neil Simon’s comedy about newlyweds adjusting to married life to South Florida for one night only. “[The play] has enjoyed two runs on Broadway and was a hit movie because its comedy is universal and timeless,” Dan Barnard, associate dean of cultural affairs and director of Bailey Hall, says in a press release.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 22

Where: Bailey Hall on Broward College’s A. Hugh Adams Central Campus, 3501 Davie Road, Davie

Cost: $26-$48

Contact: 954-201-6884 or BaileyHall.org

ALL THE WAY

This drama shows the backroom dealing as President Lyndon B. Johnson tries to enact the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Tony Award-winning play became a film on HBO in 2016 and starred Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie and Frank Langella.

When: March 22-April 9; 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 3 p.m. matinees Sundays (and 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 29)

Where: Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables

Cost: $57 and $64 ($15 student-rush tickets and 10 percent off weekday performances for seniors)

Contact: 305-444-9293 or ActorsPlayhouse.org

AN EVENING WITH NEW CITY PLAYERS

In addition to live music, hors d’oeuvres and wine at this fundraiser, there will be selected readings from New City Players’ upcoming season, including “Proof,” “Twelfth Night” and “True West.”

When: 7 p.m. March 23

Where: The home of Dede and Rick Hunter, 1353 Middle River Drive, Fort Lauderdale

Cost: $25

Contact: 954-614-0119 or megan@newcityplayers.org or newcityplayers.org/eveningwithncp

A BRONX TALE

Chazz Palminteri’s hit one-man play comes to South Florida. Recounting his rough and tumble childhood, Palminteri plays 18 roles. The show became a movie in 1993 and was the directorial debut for Robert De Niro.

When: 8 p.m. March 24

Where: The Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40 St.

Cost: $45, $65 and $80

Contact: 954-977-6700 or CasinoCoco.com

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