Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Your Week Ahead: May 3 to 9, 2022

Mural artists go “beyond the wall” at the Morikami, Boca Ballet Theatre presents a vibrant spring program, and Zoetic Stage resurrects a dead druglord. Plus, Hannah Gadsby, Khraungbin and more in your week ahead.


What: Hannah Gadsby: “Body of Work”

Where: The Parker, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale

When: 7 p.m.

Cost: $37.75-$57.75

Contact: 954/462-0222, browardcenter.org

It’s been said that Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby “destroyed comedy” with her Peabody-winning, universally acclaimed 2018 Netflix special “Nanette.” If so, it’s hardly a slight; it’s a badge of honor. Few routines in recent memory were as raw, as honest, as intellectually robust and as scathing to the patriarchal, heteronormative world in which we live than Gadsby’s groundbreaking special. It was funny, to be sure, but it also deeply challenged authority and the status quo, which puts this self-described gender-queer comic more in line with Carlin and Pryor than most of today’s so-called rebels of standup, who insist on punching down and crying about wokeness. Her new live show, “Body of Work,” was conceived while she bunkered in her homeland during the early days of the pandemic.


What: Opening night of “Hit the Road”

Where: Living Room Theaters at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

When: Show times pending

Cost: $7-$10.50

Contact: 561/549-2600, fau.livingroomtheaters.com

One of the season’s buzziest international features, writer-director Panah Panahi’s assured debut “Hit the Road” is being hailed as a masterpiece on, as one critic framed it, “every conceivable level.” The premise is simple enough: A family of four—husband, wife, their taciturn son and their 6-year-old daughter, a curious sparkplug—takes a drive through the Iranian countryside. They soon become lost in memories and fresh challenges both comedic and dramatic and, eventually, the reason for their journey is revealed. Satisfying and subverting traditions of the road movie, “Hit the Road” threads the needle between crowd-pleaser and work of cinematic innovation. Though it’s his first feature, Panahi is no stranger to great cinema; he is the son and previous collaborator of Jafar Panahi, a provocative giant of Iranian film.

What: Opening night of “Our Dear Dead Drug Lord”

Where: Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

When: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $60

Contact: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org

“Be careful what you wish for” isn’t just a platitude. It’s also a cautionary tale for ironic dabblers into the occult, for whom unboxing a Oujia board and summoning the spirit of a Colombian narcoterrorist isn’t just adolescent jollies. That’s the premise of “Our Dear Dead Drug Lord,” a play from Miami native and New World School of the Arts alum Alexis Scheer. Four teenage girls, part of self-contained group they call the Dead Leaders Club, congregate in a mystical Miami treehouse circa 2008, attempting to summon a deceased head of state in each meeting. But this time, in which they call on the spirit of Pablo Escobar, their revelry takes a turn, and so does Scheer’s play—from a comic romp through the female millennial mind to a chilling piece of horror theatre that’s full of surprises. Stuart Meltzer and Elena Maria Garcia direct the play’s Florida premiere, courtesy of Zoetic Stage. It runs through May 22.



What: Opening day of “Beyond the Wall”

Where: Morikami Museum, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $9-$15 venue admission

Contact: 561/495-0233, morikami.org

In this dynamic survey of the work of five young American artists of Asian descent, the “Wall” harbors multiple meanings. The exhibition seeks to tear down symbolic walls separating the native-born from their immigrant neighbors, but walls are also the literal medium the artists share in common: They are mural artists, creating eye-popping masterpieces, often on public surfaces. Hailing from Orlando and Jacksonville to Oklahoma City and Denver, participants include Boy Kong, whose folk art-inspired pastels and neons reimagine plant, animal and human life; Casey Kawaguchi, who honors his Japanese heritage with displays of warriors and geisha in a sophisticated, graphic-novel style; Elena Øhlander, whose stylized representations of herself and others explore issues of identity and social justice; Hiromi Mizugai Moneyhun, an artist acclaimed for her surreal hyper-intricate works of cut paper; and Juuri, whose paintings of models and kabuki actors leap off their concrete canvases with a flamboyant élan.


What: Boca Ballet Theatre Spring Curation

Where: Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $25-$45

Contact: 561/995-0709, bocaballet.org/season

Boca Ballet Theatre’s annual Spring Curation returns with a mixed repertory concert that spans classical and contemporary dance and explores a handful of styles. Highlights will include “Moonlight Concerto,” an evocative ballet that choreographer Jennifer Vanucchi-Dolan describes as “a very classical piece, but we’re really taking classical ballet and giving it a modern feel.” On the more contemporary and whimsical side, the comedic “Piano Man” is set to the music of Liberace, and features a tuxedoed piano player tinkling imaginary ivories while dancers dressed like black or white piano keys frolic around him. Guest artists for this weekend’s performances include Jeremy Zapanta, a soloist from Golden State Ballet; Lucas Segovia, a veteran dancer from Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and more; and Nathaniel Otto, of the Huntsville Ballet.

What: Khraungbin

Where: Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach

When: 8 p.m.

Cost: $70 and up

Contact: 305/673-7300, fillmoremb.com

Darlings of the indie hipster set for nearly a decade, Houston’s Khraungbin has fairly exploded in commercial popularity over the past couple of years, and for legitimate reasons: The trio of bassist Laura Lee, guitar god Mark Speer and drummer/master time keeper Donald Johnson Jr. generates some of the most thrilling sounds in music today. Largely instrumental—though Lee’s vocals, on tunes such as “Time” and “So We Won’t Forget” are hypnotic and immersive—Khraungbin lifts from genres across the world, from classic soul to Thai funk and South American psychedelia, discovering irrepressible grooves and riding them until their vanishing points. It’s music for both the head and the heart, and the players are as exciting to watch as they are to listen to.

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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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