Your Week Ahead: March 3 to 9

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Mean Girls

Tina Fey’s cult comedy conquers Broadway, the Festival of the Arts closes on a “Postmodern” note, and a garbageman’s daughter becomes a solo-theatre sensation. Plus, Gary Gulman, sensual cinema and more in your week ahead.


TUESDAY

What: Opening night of “Mean Girls”

Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $35-$160

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

The 2004 cult comedy, about a naïve, African-raised teenager who moves to Chicago and clashes with her new school’s reign of “Plastics,” receives its musical-theatre reboot courtesy of Broadway Across America. Eighteen songs transform a 97-minute film into a two-and-a-half-hour stage spectacle, but the film’s story, and its charms, remain intact, with Tina Fey herself penning its punchy and much-praised dialogue. The production runs through March 15.

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY

What: Maureen Langan: “Daughter of a Garbageman”

Where: Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 N.W. Ninth St., Delray Beach

When: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday

Cost: $29

Contact: 561/272-1281 ext. 5, delraybeachplayhouse.com

Maureen Langan is proof that, even with the deck of opportunity stacked against you, the daughter of a sanitation worker in New Jersey can, in fact, become a celebrity. Or, at least, a moderately successful professional “comedian’s comedian,” talk show host and fringe theatre favorite. Langan’s brisk, 75-minute solo show, “Daughter of a Garbageman,” is inspired by the life lessons she gleaned from her hardscrabble father—a quintessential New Jerseyan whom Langan describes as a combination of “Archie Bunker, Fred Sanford and Marlon Brando—the early years, not the fat years”—and how those rules for living clash in a world in which celebutantes sell more books than philosophers, and reality TV hosts can become presidents. Langan debuted her monologue at the legendary Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in 2016, and she’s been touring it around the country ever since, supplementing her bare-bones stage with visual aids. Expect to laugh; Jerry Stiller has said that “Maureen is to comedy when James Brown is to soul.” But if the critics are right, “Daughter of a Garbageman” is an emotionally poignant production as well.

FRIDAY

What: Opening night of “You Go To My Head”

Where: Stonzek Theatre at Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth Beach

When: 3:45 and 7:45 p.m.

Cost: $6-$9

Contact: 561/296-9382, lakeworthplayhouse.org

Hitchcockian deception powers this sensual and sweltering international coproduction from director Dimiti de Clercq. It follows Jake, a reclusive architect who discovers, in a remote stretch of the Sahara Desert, an unconscious woman. After driving her to the nearest doctor, who diagnoses her with post-traumatic amnesia, Jake exploits an opportunity to claim that he’s the longtime husband of the Jane Doe, going so far as to concoct an elaborate backstory of their invented life. When inklings from her past begin to inevitably boil to the surface, Jake must go to great lengths to maintain the fiction. Filled with intoxicating atmosphere and unbounded sexuality, it’s another edgy offering from this tiny Lake Worth Beach cinema, which remains the most adventurous in Palm Beach County. It runs through Thursday, March 12.

SATURDAY

What: Gary Gulman

Where: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $24.50-$44.50

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

During the interim between recording and releasing his sixth standup special, 2016’s It’s About Time, comedian Gary Gulman was hospitalized for clinical depression. He entered treatment quietly, and kept the news from the public. It took years of recovery for Gulman to openly address his battle with this debilitating disease, in an unlikely medium: another standup special. In 2019, Gulman premiered The Great Depresh, a heralded HBO program that de-stigmatized his lifelong history with mental illness, finding raw humor and fresh insights amid the healing. But as with any prolific comedian, that routine was so last year: He’s back on the road this month with an hour-plus of brand-new material on his “Peace of Mind” tour. Here’s hoping he’s found it.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

What: “Seven”

Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $39

Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

On tour from L.A. TheatreWorks, the documentary play “Seven” refers to the seven female change-makers from around the globe whose stories of perseverance and activism inspired its structure, as well as the seven women playwrights who interviewed them and shaped their lives into theatrical monologues. The subjects include campaigners for women’s education, sex trafficking prevention, domestic violence awareness and gender equity in nations such as Afghanistan. Their stories have resonated with audiences worldwide: “Seven” has been translated into 27 languages in more than 30 countries.

SUNDAY

What: Postmodern Jukebox

Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $40-$175

Contact: 561/300-4138, festivalboca.org

This musical collective founded by pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee originated in 2011 in decidedly lo-fi fashion: as a group of friends making music in a Queens basement, and filming casual YouTube videos of their performances from Bradlee’s living room. Since finding his niche—recording contemporary pop hits in swing, ragtime and other vintage styles—Postmodern Jukebox has became an internet and touring juggernaut, amassing 4 million YouTube subscribers and releasing a new video every week, from “Call Me Maybe” as a jazz standard to “Feel it Still” in the ‘60s girl group style to “Shake it Off” as a vintage Motown number. Their performance closes out this year’s Festival of the Arts Boca.