A Stones tribute rolls into Mizner Park, Primal Forces mounts a prescient political drama, and raconteur Avi Hoffman hosts a theatrical Festival of Classics. Plus, filmmaker Josh Fox, author Leslie Gray Streeter and more in your week ahead.
What: The U.S. Stones
Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 561/393-7890, mizneramp.com
It can run you an easy grand to be within spitting distance of the real Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, but Tampa-based tribute act the U.S. Stones endeavors to replicate the swagger, style and hit-filled set lists of a legit Rolling Stones concert in venues that are more affordable and approachable. Mastering both the look and the sound of the immortal British invaders, the eight-piece band features deft portrayers of Jagger, Richards, Ron Wood, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Nicky Hopkins, with an instrumental palette encompassing guitars, drums, keyboards, woodwinds, harmonicas and more. Food trucks on site will offer lobster rolls, Greek food, wood-fired pizzas and vegan fare. The concert, sponsored by Nostalgic Magazine, is the first of three at the Amphitheater in March; a Queen tribute plays March 20, and an ABBA tribute performs March 28.
What: Leslie Gray Streeter
Where: Murder on the Beach, 104 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach
When: 7 p.m.
Contact: 561/279-7790, murderonthebeach.com
Leslie Gray Streeter, longtime culture writer for the Palm Beach Post, endured an unspeakable trauma in 2015, losing her husband to a heart attack. He was only in his 40s. As Streeter writes, with characteristic bluntness, in her excellent new memoir Black Widow, her husband Scott “dropped dead in front me while we were making out.” This tragedy couldn’t have come at a worse time, as the couple was navigating the multiyear process of adopting a child, which Streeter now had to finish as a single mother. She writes about all of this—her grief; the adoption; her unique relationship with Scott, which crossed ethnic and religious lines—in Black Widow, a quick read that showcases Streeter’s sense of sometimes mordant humor even in the darkest of hours. She’ll discuss and sign books at this local appearance.
What: Opening night of “Warrior Class”
Where: Primal Forces at Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton
When: 8 p.m.
Contact: 866/811-4111, primalforces.com
Playwright Kenneth Lim, a veteran writer on “House of Cards,” brings that series’ cutthroat political cynicism to bear on his play “Warrior Class.” The drama centers on a New York State G.O.P. assembly candidate with impeccable credentials—a decorated war veteran, a solid Christian upbringing, a tenure at Harvard Law—which has earned him praise in the conservative media as “the Republican Obama.” But his meteoric ascent is threatened by a girlfriend from his past, who may or may not come forward with allegations of unbecoming behavior. It’s up to the candidate’s pugnacious personal fixer to keep her silent. If this plot feels all-too headline-ripped, keep in mind that “Warrior Class” premiered way back in 2012. Primal Forces’ regional premiere features Paul Wong, Jacqueline Laggy and Wayne LeGette, and it runs through April 5.
What: Opening night of “Swallow”
Where: Cosford Cinema at University of Miami, 5030 Brunson Drive, Coral Gables
When: 6:30 p.m.
Contact: 305/284-9838, cosfordcinema.com
This color-coded psychological thriller from director Carlo Mirabella-Davis has scooped up a handful of awards at festivals—and has been praised for its novel screenplay and direction and especially its powerhouse lead performance from Haley Bennett. She plays a newly pregnant housewife living in picturesque suburbia with her model-pretty husband, who appears to have a charmed life. But when stresses involving her controlling in-laws mount, a negative habit from her past resurfaces: pica, a condition whose sufferers desire to consume inedible, and often dangerous, objects. A daring exploration of a disturbing condition, and undergirded with feminist subtext, “Swallow” is a cult classic in the making. It runs through March 18.
FRIDAY TO SUNDAY
What: Josh Fox: “The Truth Has Changed”
Where: Miami Dade-College Arts Lab at Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami
When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday
Contact: 305/237-3010, mdclivearts.org
One of the nation’s prime examples of an activist turning his agitation into creativity, filmmaker and playwright Josh Fox has forged his career in the nexus of art and journalism. His 2010 breakthrough documentary “Gasland” popularized the term “fracking” and distilled its environmental impact in the iconic image of fire erupting from somebody’s sink. As a theatre artist, Fox has continued to explore his pet issues of environmentalism, climate change and social justice, topics sure to arise in his latest solo piece “The Truth Has Changed.” Earning comparisons to legendary monologists like Spalding Gray, Fox examines our post-truth zeitgeist with characteristic insight, humor and provocation.
What: Opening night of “To Fall in Love”
Where: Theatre Lab at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When: 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 561/297-6124, fauevents.com
Is there a more shallow time suck than an online compatibility quiz? Jennifer Lane’s two-character play “To Fall in Love” thinks not. It imagines a long-estranged couple who attempt to piece together their failed relationship through the aide of a 36-part questionnaire designed to connect strangers. The quiz, backed by science, is said to be the last word on matchmaking, an old-fashioned algorithm for lonely-hearts. But this middle-aged man and woman are not strangers seeking a new connection; they’re broken shells of their previous coupling, seeking enough duct tape and glue to patch their life back together. Offering generous emotional range for a pair of powerhouse actors, “To Fall in Love” concludes Theatre Lab’s season with a robust blend of comedy, tragedy and uncomfortable truth. It runs through April 5.
MONDAY, MARCH 16
What: Festival of Classics
Where: Mizner Park Cultural Center
When: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Contact: 844/672-2849, miznerparkculturalcenter.com
A titan in the New York theatre scene, producer Joe Papp’s lasting contributions to the form include the establishment of the Public Theatre and the formation of Shakespeare in the Park. He died, too young, in 1991 at the age of 70, but his legacy continues to inspire. At this one-of-a-kind, one-day-only theatrical smorgasbord, celebrated actor/director Avi Hoffman will adopt the persona of Joe Papp, hosting a night of short plays and discussions alongside Papp’s daughter, Susan. Over the course of the evening, six companies will perform short works from the classical canon: Joseph Papp Yiddish Theatre, Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida, Grace Arts, New City Players, Thinking Cap Theatre and Emily Ricca Dance Collective. We’re not really sure what to expect beyond these names, some more familiar to South Florida theatergoers than others; you’ll just have to attend to find out.