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Designer Shorts

Various genres by Various Authors

directed by Richie Lester
November 26, 27, 28

 

“Designer Shorts” is A.C.T.’s inaugural short-play festival, featuring works from some of the finest playwrights in South Florida.  It’s an exciting night of entertainment consisting of seven 10-minute plays that offer reflections on this year’s timely theme: “CONNECTIONS.”

 

During a time when physical distancing from family and friends has become an all-too-often norm, many are gaining a new appreciation for the social and personal connections they once took for granted.  

 

Each short play serves as a small vignette – often hilarious, sometimes touching, but always entertaining – that offers a unique perspective into how connections help shape our daily lives.  Weaved together into one masterful performance, “Designer Shorts” provides a thoughtful and entertaining night of theatre. 

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ELVIS Comes to A.C.T.!

A Musical Tribute to the King

directed by and starring Matt Stone
January 28, 29, 30

 

Matt Stone is a nationally acclaimed Singer, Musician, Entertainer, and Multi-Award Winning Elvis Tribute Artist. Since first hearing “Jailhouse Rock” at age 13, Matt has been hooked on all things Elvis, studying hours a day to master the voice, look, and persona of the King! Audiences often accuse him of lip-syncing, but no, that’s his voice! Fans have said:

“Matt is real. He has captured the charisma and charm of Elvis but his charm is his own and that separates him from all the others, He is a real gentleman with deep respect for others, He is more than an impersonator….This young man cares deeply for good music.” – Amanda Kato

“Simply amazing! You must see to believe! Great voice and stage presence! Love this boy! You will not be disappointed!!!” – Lisa Lucey

“Puts his heart into every song. Did the research. Knows all about Elvis. Great voice and great moves” – Mary Ellen Doria Grebner

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'Til Death Do Us Part
- You First!

A Comedy by Peter Fogel
directed by Chazz Palminteri
March 24, 25, 26, 27

 

Back by popular demand is Peter Fogel’s hilarious show.  Directed by Academy Award Nominee Chazz Palminteri, creator of A Bronx Tale, author and star Fogel is bringing his multi-media comedy show to A.C.T.  

 

Eternal Bachelor Peter Fogel, 50s, has MAJOR commitment issues. He also senses his own mortality and after much soul searching decides to revisit the scene of all his romantic disasters. True confessions about Marriage, Sex, and other things that end prematurely. 

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Anybody For Murder?

A Comedy by Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner

directed by Stephen Mayer
May 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22

 

Max is planning to murder his wife Janet, collect her life insurance, and enjoy life with his girlfriend when Mary and George arrive on their Greek Island with news:  

 

Mary and Janet are beneficiaries of a huge fortune.  Plans and plots hatch, and soon everyone is bent on murder.  

 

All that stands in their way is the presence of a neighbor who knows a thing or two about murder, crime writer Edgar Chambers.  

 

The brilliant storyline is co-written by Brian Clemens, accomplished screenwriter well known for the groundbreaking 1960s television series “The Avengers.”

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A Christmas Carol:
A Live Radio Play

A Drama by Philip Grecian
directed by Dennis O'Donovan
December 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12,

17, 18, 19

This cherished holiday tradition captures the holiday spirit through the joy and merriment of Charles Dickens’ enduring tale of hope and redemption.  

 

Travel back in time with this staged radio play version as Ebenezer Scrooge journeys through his past, present and future to find the importance of family, friendship and love.  

 

Brimming with sidesplitting Bah Humbugs, A Christmas Carol will have you wrapped in the spirit of the holidays!

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Orphans

A Dramatic Comedy by Lyle Kessler
directed by Stuart Mohr
February 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

Off-Broadway audiences gave this electrifying black comedy standing ovations.  

 

Two grown orphan brothers live in a dilapidated house in North Philly, deserted in childhood by an unfaithful father and the death of their mother.  Older brother Treat provides for his "innocent to the ways of the world" brother Phillip through petty thievery.  

 

When Treat kidnaps a *businessman* (wink-wink), Treat sees an opportunity for a way out of their dead-end life by holding the man for ransom.  

 

The businessman, Harold, then turns the table on the two brothers in ways completely unexpected but ultimately very satisfying.  


"A weird, wonderful thriller filled with suspense, pathos and packing an emotional wallop."—WMCA Radio.  

“ . . . tense, moving and funny as anything you're likely to see . . . Orphans is violent, shocking and profane.  And it's wonderful.”—The Miami Herald.

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Buyer & Cellar

A Comic Fantasy by Jonathan Tolins

directed by Dennis O’Donovan
April 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17

 

Intrigued by Barbra Streisand’s 2010 coffee-table book “My Passion for Design,”

 

Mr. Tolins’ witty one-man comedy shares the delightful appeal of slipping into one’s own make-believe universe.  

 

The narrator and main character Alex, a struggling actor in L.A., takes an imaginary job as private shopkeeper of the faux Main Street shops in the basement of Ms. Streisand’s Malibu home.  

 

The main perk of the fanciful job caring for the mega celebrity’s world-class collection of dolls, costumes, toys and furnishings:  its only patron is the formidable Ms. Streisand.

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MAYDAY:  Captain Lerro and the Skyway Bridge

A Play by Bill DeYoung

directed by Dennis O'Donovan
May 27, 28, 29

 

True Florida Story:  Meet John Lerro, who you will get to know and perhaps admire despite the tragic events of May 9, 1980.  

 

He was the Tampa harbor pilot at the command of a 20,000 ton freighter that brought down a section of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge—a pivotal moment in Tampa Bay history and the worst ship-bridge collision in U. S. history.  

 

The accident and tragic loss of life were caused by a blinding rogue storm, undetected by weather instruments.  

 

Although exonerated by the courts, Captain Lerro spent the rest of his life regarded as a pariah in the community, made all the worse by his pervasive survivor’s guilt.  This is the story of his 20-year quest for redemption.  

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Steel Magnolias

A Comedy/Drama by Robert Harling
directed by Donna Amaru
January 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23

 

The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done.  

 

Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the ladies draw on their underlying strength—and love—to make them marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.  

 

The play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters.

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Dearly Departed

A Comedy by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones

directed by Richie Lester
March 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

 

In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious.  D

 

espite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the eccentric community of backbiting misfits and their antics keep overshadowing the solemn occasion.  

 

The sharp dialogue has plenty of laughs, dark humor and sentiment with a no holds barred approach to laugh-out-loud moments in this popular comedy.

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The Importance of Being Earnest

​A Comedy by Oscar Wilde
directed by Heidi Condon

DATE CHANGE!

April 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, May 1

Oscar Wilde's classic is a delight starting with the first cucumber sandwich.  

 

The farcical comedy with false identities and lovers’ entanglements is probably Wilde’s best-loved play, an audience favorite more than a century after it was first written.  

 

As Jack's double life catches up with him, this comedy of manners offers a critique of Victorian society, weaving a complex and clever plot with the rapid-fire wit of its eccentric and charming characters.