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This week on South Florida stages: Old boys and young bears

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

Cost: $48

Contact: 954-344-7765 or

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

Cost: $35

Contact: 954-678-1496 or

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