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You can leave your hat on: This week on South Florida's theater scene

This week in South Florida theater and opera.

Here is what's happening this week on South Florida's theater scene.

Little Shop of Horrors

Doo-wop meets sci-fi in this spoof of 1950s drive-in movies. In "Little Shop of Horrors," a schlub working in a Skid Row florist shop buys a "strange and interesting" plant that proves to have jaw-dropping abilities. The musical is based on the 1960 Roger Corman movie of the same name.

When: March 26-April 10; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays

Where: Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 NW Ninth St.

Cost: $30

Contact: 561-272-1281, ext. 4 or DelrayBeachPlayhouse.com

The Silence of the Clams

Parodist Jamie Morris ("Mommie Queerest," "Re-Designing Women") turns the Oscar-winning movie "The Silence of the Lambs" into one extended vagina joke, with the female lead performed by a man in drag. In "Clams," FBI agent Clarice Startling tries to save the daughter of Nancy Pelosi — yup, that Nancy Pelosi — from Beaver Bob, a serial killer who doles out deadly bikini waxes. She enlists the help of psychopath Dr. Hannibal Lichter, who was convicted of "eating" his victims before he killed them.

When: March 31-April 24; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 4 and 7 p.m. Sundays.

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

Cost: $30 ($20 for preview performance on March 31)

Contact: 954-678-1496 or EmpireStage.com

Smoke

A woman and a man meet in a Harlem kitchen, both taking a break from a sex party, unseen, going on just in the next room. What follows is a Ping-Pong game of power plays in this erotic thriller.

When: March 29-April 17; 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays; 2 p.m. matinees Sundays

Where: Black Box at Arts Garage, 94 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach

Cost: $25 general admission; $35 reserved; $40 premium.

Contact: 561-450-6357 or ArtsGarage.org

Some Enchanted Evening

The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum in Boca Raton is holding a two-day festival gala. Both days will feature a concert by Nat Chandler ("The Scarlet Pimpernel"), who recently starred in the Wick's production of "South Pacific." Joining him onstage will be Sarah Pfisterer ("Show Boat," "The Phantom of the Opera"). On Saturday, a tour of the Wick's Broadway collection of costumes with champagne and dinner by the bite will take place before the concert, which will be followed by dessert and dancing. Sunday's event will only include the tour and the concert.

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3

Where: The Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton

Cost: $200 April 2; $95 April 3

Contact: 561-995-2333 or TheWick.org

 

The Passenger

Florida Grand Opera will present Mieczyslaw Weinberg's"The Passenger" as the third installment of the company's "Made for Miami" series. The opera was inspired by the Polish radio play "The Passenger From Cabin 45" by Auschwitz survivor Zofia Posmysz. The opera's plot moves back and forth in time, from a luxury liner to a Nazi death camp. "The Passenger" will be sung without amplification in multiple languages with projected translations in English and Spanish.

When: April 2-9; 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3; 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 5; 8 pm. Friday, April 8; and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9

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

Cost: $12-$250

Contact: 800-741-1010 or FGO.org

Opera Under the Stars

This benefit will raise money for Opera Fusion's upcoming performance of "Not in My Town," a musical drama about the murder of Matthew Shepard in 1988. Shepard, a gay Wyoming college student, was abducted and tortured by two men. Left comatose, he died five days later from his injuries. For Opera Under the Stars, the West Palm Beach-based company will perform selections from the show, which will premiere later this year. AIDS activist Mary Fisher will be the keynote speaker at the benefit..

When: 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 4

Where: Hampton Green Farm, 13285 Southfields Road, Wellington

Cost: $190 per person

Contact: 954-812-7679, birgit@operafusion.org or OperaFusion.org

A Party Hat Fundraiser

Thinking Cap Theatre is having a hat-themed fundraiser for its 2016 season. Guests are invited to don headgear for the benefit. Prizes will be given for fanciest hat, funniest hat and the most innovative hat. Food and raffle sponsors include Tap 42, Red Cow, Luigi's Coal Oven Pizza, Christina Wan's Mandarin House, Timpano's Chop House, Big City Tavern, Croissan'Time, Naked Grape Wine and Tapas, Tease Salon, Francesca Guerrera's Salon and Spa. Donations will be tax-exempt.

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6

Where: The Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Cost: Beanie $25-$99; hardhat $500-$999; beret $1,000-$2,499; fedora $2,500-$4,999; top hat $5,000 and up

Contact: 753-206-4568 or ThinkingCapTheatre.com

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