Here is what is happening in theaters this week in South Florida.
The Sunshine Boys
In this Neil Simon comedy, the Sunshine Boys were vaudeville stars for four decades, but a falling out has kept them from speaking to each other for a dozen years. But now, a chance to reunite arrives when entertainment execs want the team to re-create one of their classic bits for a network TV special on the history of comedy.
“The Sunshine Boys is the fourth Neil Simon play I’ve directed and I think it’s his best,” the show’s director, Michael Leeds says in a press release. “It’s incredibly funny, I mean rolling in the aisles funny, and also quite touching. It’s based on a real actor named Willie Howard, who was a very eccentric vaudeville comedian. Simon got the idea of taking Willie and giving him a partner whom he hasn’t spoken to in 12 years, and now they’re going to be on an Ed Sullivan special, and they can’t stand each other.”
When: Through Sept. 24; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. matinees Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays
Where: Stage Door Theatre, 8036 Sample Road, Margate
Contact: 954-344-7765 or StageDoorFL.org
Muscle Bears: The Musical
For the third time, a work by dramatist Michael Aman is getting a world premiere in Fort Lauderdale (Island City Stage debuted Aman’s “Poz” and “Feeding the Bear”). This time around, Empire Stage is producing Aman’s musical-comedy set in the world of bears, large and hirsute men who exhibit hypermasculine behavior. In the show, a young man, a failure in the romance department, is about to give up and shave his chest (a big no-no in beardom) when his Furry God Daddy magically appears and shows him how to find a mate.
When: Aug. 24-September 24; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays
Where: Empire Stage, 1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale
Contact: 954-678-1496 or EmpireStage.com