As the theater season peters to a close and playhouses go dark, South Florida’s culture vultures will have one less mode of entertainment in their weekends. But we have plenty to look forward to come October, and 2012-2013 season subscriptions are already available.
Last month, we previewed the upcoming seasons at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, the Willow Theatre at Sugar Sand Park, Actor’s Playhouse and New Theatre. Now, here is a look at next season’s lineups at three more venerable venues (Both Dramaworks and Mosaic still have one show yet to be announced).
Slow Burn Theatre Company at West Boca Performing Arts Center, 12811 W. Glades Road, Boca Raton; 954/323-7884 or www.slowburntheatre.org
“Avenue Q,” Oct. 26 to Nov. 4. Palm Beach County’s regional theater debut of this edgy Broadway musical, which addresses sexuality, porn, relationships and community in the format of an adult puppet show.
“Side Show,” Jan. 31 to Feb. 16. This 1998 musical about real-life Siamese twins – and future movie stars in the cult hit “Freaks” – Violet and Daisy Hilton was nominated for four Tony awards.
“Sweeney Todd,” April 12 to 21. Stephen Sondheim’s most notorious musical, a Fleet Street bloodbath about a demon barber and his accomplice’s homemade pies, baked from a most unusual ingredient.
“The Wedding Singer,” June 21 to 30. The successful, high-spirited Broadway adaptation of the Adam Sandler romantic comedy about a jaded wedding singer in 1980s New Jersey.
Palm Beach Dramaworks, 514 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561/514-4042 or www.palmbeachdramaworks.org
“Talley’s Folly,” Oct. 12 to Nov. 11. This intimate, one-act Pulitzer Prize winner by American playwright Lanford Wilson is set in real time, over 97 minutes, as two characters in Missouri in 1944 finally settle their long-simmering feelings for each another.
“A Raisin in the Sun,” Feb. 1 to March 3. Lorraine Hansbury’s 1959 masterpiece about race in America, about a poor African-American family’s experiences in a subdivision in Chicago’s South Side.
“Exit the King,” March 29 to April 28. The riskiest – and therefore the most exciting – production of Dramaworks’ season, this absurdist comedy centers on a 400-year-old monarch who refuses to cede control, even in his last 90 minutes of life. From Eugene Ionesco, master of the Theatre of the Absurd.
“Dancing at Lughnasa,” May 24 to June 23. Brian Friel’s 1990 memory play about an adult narrator recounting his dramatic childhood in a rural Irish cottage.
Mosaic Theatre at American Heritage Center for the Arts, 12200 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation; 954/577-8243 or www.mosaictheatre.com
“The Diary of a Madman,” Sept. 20 to Oct. 14. A recent hit in New York, Nikolai Gogol’s Kafkaesque satire finds a lowly civil servant hallucinating strange occurrences – as well as a better life for himself – in czarist St. Petersburg.
“The Birds,” Nov. 15 to Dec. 9. Originally scheduled for Mosaic’s previous season, award-winning playwright Conor McPherson adapts a thrilling source material: Daphne Du Maurier’s horror novella “The Birds,” about a seaside town suddenly terrorized by avian invaders.
Two plays by Rajiv Joseph, Feb. 6 to March 17. Shown in repertory in this extended run, the two Joseph plays will be the Pulitzer Prize finalist “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” about two Marines and an Iraqi translator’s life-changing encounter with a tiger in Baghdad; and “Animals Out of Paper,” a charming drama set in the world of origami instruction.