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This week on South Florida stages: 'Rock of Ages,' 'Mr. Parker,' 'The Illusionists'

Here’s what’s happening in regional theaters this week.

ROCK OF AGES

This roll down rock memory lane puts the spotlight on Reagan era hits by REO Speedwagon, Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar and a host of other who-was-who acts from heavy metal, glam metal and pop metal. The story weaved around the hair-band hits is your classic small-town girl meets big-city rocker at a Sunset Strip bar and falls in love. The 2012 movie version starring Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alec Baldwin was partially filmed in Broward County.

When: June 14-July 1; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. matinee Sundays

Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Cost: $47-$60

Contact: 954-462-0222 or BrowardCenter.org

MR. PARKER

Playwright and actor Michael McKeever, who lives in Davie, describes his latest work as a “funny, sexy, insightful play about stepping into the future, even when you're afraid to.” Getting a world premiere by Island City Stage in Wilton Manors, “Mr. Parker” is about a 54-year-old gay man, Terry Parker (played by McKeever), who wakes up with a 28-year-old man after a one-night stand. The tryst launches Parker on a journey of self-discovery that navigates through being middle-aged, gay and single in today’s America.

Here is more about the show from an email interview with McKeever, whose best-known plays include “Daniel’s Husband,” “Stuff,” “South Beach Babylon,” “Moscow” and “Clark Gable Slept Here.”

When did you start working on “Mr. Parker” and when did you finish?

I've been thinking about the concept for well over a year. I began writing the play in January and finished the first draft in early May.

If writers write what they know, what in “Mr. Parker” do you personally know?

As a 54-year-old man, I look at the world we live in — our dependence on social media, the fact that we spend so much of our day on our phones — and I ask, "WTH?" This is one of the major issues addressed in the play.

What is the one thing you want audiences to know before the curtain rises?

This is a play about the letting go of the past and embracing the future — seen through the eyes of two men, one in his 50s, one in his 20s.

When: June 14-July 15; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays

Where: Island City Stage, 2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors

Cost: $35

Contact: 954-519-2533 or IslandCityStage.org

THE BIG D

This comic drama, set entirely in a bedroom, follows the romance of two men from their meeting to their planning of their nuptials. But a secret threatens everything. This show contains adult content and nudity.

When: June 17-July 15; 8:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays

Where: The Foundry at the Abyss Studio, 2308 N. Dixie Highway Wilton Manors

Cost: $20-$50

Contact: 954-826-8790 or RonnieLarsen.com

THE ILLUSIONISTS — LIVE FROM BROADWAY

Five magicians, all with different styles and presentations, bring their “A” material (levitation, disappearing act, mind reading, escape artistry, etc) to this ensemble show that has been Broadway-tized with heightened theatricality, original music, dramatic lighting and a large, hi-def screen so everyone in the audience can see the small sleight of hand. "The Illusionists" was a hit on the Great White Way in 2014-2015 and has been touring ever since.

When: June 19-24; 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (6:30 p.m. Sunday); 2 p.m. matinee Saturday; 1 p.m. matinee Sunday

Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Cost: $35.25-$85

Contact: 954-462-0222 or BrowardCenter.org

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