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This week on South Florida stages: The wild life

Here’s what is happening in the South Florida theater scene this week.

Muscle Bears: The Musical

This is the last week for you to catch this hairy fairy tale. The musical-comedy is set in the world of bears. Nope, not a wooded forest, but an urban gay world where bears are large and hirsute men who exhibit hypermasculine behavior.

In the show, a young man is going through a dry patch professionally and romantically. He decides to surrender to the manscaping majority and shave his chest (a big no-no in beardom) when his Furry God Daddy, played by local standup comedian Peter Bisuito, magically appears and shows him how to find a mate, with his follicles firmly in place.

With this staging by Fort Lauderdale’s Empire Stage, this is the third time a work by playwright Michael Aman has gotten a world premiere in South Florida. Island City Stage debuted Aman’s “Poz” and “Feeding the Bear”. The singing is a bit out of tune with the 15 songs, and the cast may be a bit rhythmically challenged when it comes to the choreography, but the jokes are there. Just imbibe liberally of the free wine (donation suggested), and you’ll find some treats in the bear trap, which lasts 90 minutes with a 20-minute intermission.

When: Sept. 21-24; 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

Coyote Peterson: Brave Adventures Tour

For those unfamiliar with Nathaniel “Coyote” Peterson, he is a bona fide YouTube superstar known for traveling the world and letting animals and insects bite and sting him. On Peterson’s Brave Wilderness Channel (more than 8 million subscribers and counting), you can find series such as “Beyond the Tide” and “Insects, Arachnids and Other Creepy Crawlies.” This is what Peterson will talk about when he brings his stage tour to Parker Playhouse.

When: 7 p.m. Sept. 23

Where: Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale (in Holiday Park)

Cost: $35 (VIP tickets cost $75 and include a meet and greet)

Contact: 954-462-0222 or

An Octoroon

This provocative and humorous play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins takes the plot of Dion Boucicault’s 1859 antebellum melodrama “The Octoroon” and remixes it with a 21st century sensibility. In the show, the cast presents race as an ever-shifting concept with just a change of painted faces.

When: Sept. 24-Oct. 8; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 8 p.m. Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays. (previews Sept. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.)

Where: Area Stage Company and Theater Conservatory, 1560 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables

Cost: $20, $40, $45

Contact: 305-666-2078 or

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