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This week on South Florida stages: High hopes

Here’s what’s going on this week and beyond in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

I’M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD

This meta-theater drama follows the vitriolic back and forth between a famous playwright and his actress daughter while they wait for the reviews to come in for her off-Broadway debut.

When: June 9-July 8; 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays

Where: GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables

Cost: $42-$60

Contact: 305-445-1119 or go to GableStage.org

SUMMER THEATRE FEST 2018

For the sixth year, the Theatre League will present this play-reading series in various venues in South Florida, from Boca Raton down to Key West. On Monday evenings starting June 11 and continuing through Aug. 20, theaters will host the staged reading of a new play by a local playwright. “Our audiences have grown over the past five years,” board member and marketing chair Carol Kassie says in a press release. “We’ve seen full theaters, which is always exciting, and a good number of patrons who attend multiple readings. We’ve also found that patrons who attend a reading at a particular theater often return to that theater to attend a paid performance. So, we consider the program a great success on both sides of the footlights.” For a complete listing, go to SouthFloridaTheatre.org.

When: Mondays June 11-Aug. 10. Most showtimes are 7 or 7:30 p.m.

Where: Various venues. The first performance is June 11 at the Main Street Playhouse, 6766 Main St., in Hialeah.

Cost: Free

Contact: SouthFloridaTheatre.org

THE PINK UNICORN

In this one-person comedy, a conservative woman living in a small Texas town shares her experiences and thoughts when her teenage daughter announces that she is gender queer and starting a Gay/Straight Alliance at her high school. “As a mother, I feel very strongly about unconditional love for my children,” Laura Turnbull, who stars as widowed housewife Trisha Lee in the play, says in a press release. “The idea of a parent turning their back on their child is something unimaginable to me. I think this mother struggles with comprehending who her daughter really is, but she knows that her love for her child outweighs what she’d always been taught or led to believe. Unfortunately, that’s not always the choice a parent makes, and so I dedicate this show to all of those people whose parents couldn’t find that love and accept them unconditionally, for who they are.”

When: June 13-July 8; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays

Where: Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale

Cost: $30 ($25 for previews June 13-14)

Contact: 866-811-4111 or go to PrimalForces.com

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