Here is what is going on in the South Florida theater scene this week,
"The Soul of Motor City"
This is the Energizer Bunny of revues; it keeps going and going. The show, which started its run on June 10, has been held over again. Stage Door founder Derelle Bunn says in an email: "Now on its fifth extension, 'The Soul of Motor City" continues to get audiences at Stage Door literally dancing in the aisles." The show spotlights music from Aretha Franklin and the superstars of Motown, such as Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye and the Jackson 5.
When: Through Sept. 18; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
Where: Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Road, Margate
Contact: 954-344-7765 or StageDoorTheatre.com
"Invasion of Privacy"
The South Florida premiere of Larry Parr's play will be staged by Pigs Do Fly Productions, a theater troupe that puts on works aimed at the 50-and-over demographic. The play is about a 1943 lawsuit that Zelma Cason brought against her neighbor, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings ("The Yearling"). The crux of the problem was Cason took offense to a passage in Rawlings' novel "Cross Creek," which described Cason as "an ageless spinster resembling an angry and efficient canary. She manages her orange grove and as much of the village and country as needs management or will submit to it. I cannot decide whether she should have been a man or a mother." Cason claimed an invasion of her privacy, a new concept in the 1940s. "It played out against the backdrop of early Florida and involved the very people [Rawlings] wrote about,' says Parr in a press release. "And it involves an issue that is very much in the new yet today – Freedom of Speech versus Right to Privacy."
When: Through Sept. 25; 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays.
Where: The Abyss Stage, 2304 N. Dixie Hwy, Wilton Manors
Contact: 866-811-4111 or PigsDoFlyProductions.com
"A Class Act NY"
Young as-yet-undiscovered stars between the ages of 8-16 can take a workshop in on-camera acting and auditioning techniques at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. The class will be facilitated by Rikki Gimelstob of Tesley and Company Casting. Gimelstob has casted for "30 Rock" and the pilot season for NBC/Universal. "The Kravis Center has become synonymous with excellent coaching locally for our youngest actors," explains Tracy Butler, director of education at the Kravis Center, in press materials. "We have a deep talent pool in Palm Beach County, and workshops like these present a unique opportunity for local students to experience superior professional coaching."
When: Sept. 11; 12:30-4 p.m.
Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.
Contact: For more information, call 561-651-4376. For a registration form, email Ali Rehm at Rehm@Kravis.org