Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Your Week Ahead: July 5 to 11, 2022

A rarely staged Shakespeare play brings drama under the Jupiter stars, and a foundational indie band brings its experimental sound to Fort Lauderdale. Plus, “Heathers: the Musical,” “The Shining” and more in your week ahead.

THURSDAY

What: Opening night Shakespeare by the Sea: “Richard II”

Where: Seabreeze Amphitheater, 750 State Road A1A, Jupiter

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: Free, with suggested $5 donation

Contact: pbshakespeare.org

Never short on controversy, William Shakespeare’s first history play captures the final tempestuous years of the monarch’s reign. Richard II may be ordained by God, but he is a victim of his own vanity—and the machinations of the noblemen eager to exploit his weaknesses. “Richard II” contains some of the Bard’s richest language, and when it is produced, it has a habit of reverberating with present conflicts. “Richard is forced to watch his world change before his eyes,” says Trent Stephens, director of this production for Shakespeare by the Sea. “The deposition scene in the play was used during the Essex Rebellion of 1601, inciting rebellion which threatened the life of Queen Elizabeth I. The play’s electricity resurfaced again two years ago at the Public Theater in New York during the Black Lives Matter protests. The play is about our need to keep power in check and to tell the past what our future is going to be.” The production runs through July 17.

FRIDAY

What: Animal Collective

Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $30.50-$32

Contact: 954/449-1025, jointherevolution.net

A foundational band in American indie rock in the aughts and 2010s, Animal Collective have long been darlings of both the hipster and hippie sets during their convincing, career-long exploration of a 21st century psychedelia. From the noisy bedroom pop of their embryonic work to freak folk, reverb-drenched Beach Boys-inspired pop and multilayered electronic soundscapes, Animal Collective has changed with the times and, arguably, defined them. The group is a true collective, in that some of the Baltimore quartet’s members come and go depending on the album or project, but the recently released Time Skiffs, the group’s illustrious eleventh LP, is the first in 10 years to feature all four members, and their unison can be felt in the sprawling and adventurous tracks, whose live debut in Fort Lauderdale this weekend will not cease to entrance.

What: Opening night of “Heathers: the Musical”

Where: Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $46

Contact: 561/586-6410, lakeworthplayhouse.org

The “Heathers” of the title of this blackly comic musical are a clutch of mean girls, all christened Heather, who rule their school—until a new initiate teams up with a psychotic rebel student to disrupt the status quo with the help of drain cleaner and a drive for vigilante justice. This is, perhaps, not the most conventional of high school musicals, but these are not conventional times. And Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy’s high-energy show, adapted from the 1989 cult film of the same name, explores serious issues that have only become magnified since its 2009 premiere, namely teen suicide, sexual assault and school violence. And, yes, for fans of the movie, its particular famous line about fornication and a certain power tool did find its way into the musical. This community-theatre production runs through July 24.

SATURDAY

What: Purity Ring

Where: Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $30.50-$32

Contact: 954/449-1025, jointherevolution.net

This weekend is indeed an exciting one at Revolution; a day after Animal Collective, a group that likely bears its influence brings its own ethereal sound to the same venue. Topping Billboard’s electronic chart, this Canadian duo of vocalist Megan James and multi-instrumentalist Corin Roddick specializes in what it calls “future pop”—a down-pitched and otherworldly sonic palette enhanced by Roddick’s custom-made, light-up percussion kit that’s as marvelous to watch as it is to hear. In fact, much of the duo’s carefully curated aesthetic is bespoke, including its costumes, which are designed and sewn by James. Purity Ring is supporting its third LP, 2020’s Womb, released on the legendary indie star-making label 4AD.

SUNDAY

What: “The Shining” screening

Where: O Cinema South Beach, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

When: 4 p.m.

Cost: $9-$11

Contact: 786/471-3269, o-cinema.org

Sure, there are plenty of newly released blockbusters and art films running in theaters, but any opportunity to see Stanley Kubrick’s game-changing 1980 masterpiece on the big screen, where it belongs, is worth celebrating. The adaptation of Stephen King’s supernatural horror novel finds blocked novelist Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) hoping to find inspiration in a secluded and historic hotel in the snow-capped Colorado mountains, only to discover that the cloistered environment is literally driving him mad, alongside his wife and curious son. Launching countless memes, theories and iconic scenes, “The Shining” remains essential cinema—a puzzle box whose pieces may never fit fully together, presenting riveting challenges for generations of filmgoers. This screening is part of a series from O Cinema and the Wolfsonion-FIU that explores how haunted houses have become “mechanisms through which we view the inner spaces of society.”


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John Thomason
As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

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