By PAM HARBAUGH
Openings and closings all over the place this weekend. You’ve even got a couple of videos to entreat your interest for the two new shows which are both designed to delight and provoke:
“TARTUFFE” opens tonight at Melbourne Civic Theatre. Although Moliere wrote this in 1664, it remains one of the funniest comedies you’ll find. It concerns the pious Tartuffe and his exploitation of a gullible family. What a perfect comedy for this political season. It runs through April 24 at MCT, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Tickets are $25 general and $23 for students, seniors and military. Credit card purchases add $3. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or better yet, show MCT you appreciate their support of Brevard Culture by clicking onto their ad on the right side of this page.
Here’s a little video the funny folks at MCT created to whet your appetite for “Tartuffe”…
……..“TOUCHING STRANGERS” photo exhibition opens Saturday at Florida Tech’s Foosaner Art Museum. Yes, I know this is not a theatrical production, but the show should have plenty of drama and I urge you to see it. The exhibit comes from Richard Renaldi’s series for which the the photographer asked strangers to pose together in close physical proximity. To see a video about the exhibition and/or to read more click here. The Foosaner is at 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Free admission to the galleries. Call 321-674-8916, visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org or better yet, show the Foosaner you appreciate their support of Brevard Culture by clicking onto their ad on the right side of this page.
CLOSING THIS WEEKEND
“NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT” closes Sunday at the Henegar Center. This is a most fun show with great choreography and super performances. Read more by clicking here. , 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Tickets are $16 to $26. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or better yet, show the Henegar you appreciate their support of Brevard Culture by clicking onto their ad on the right side of this page.
“SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN” closes Sunday at Titusville Playhouse. To read about how the theater actually gets it to rain all over the stage, click here. Titusville Playhouse, 301 Julia St., Titusville, FL. It performs 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $20 to $26. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or better yet, show TPI you appreciate their support of Brevard Culture by clicking onto their ad on the right side of this page.
“THE WHO’S TOMMY” closes Sunday at Surfside Playhouse. Read Brevard Culture’s review by clicking here. Surfside Playhouse is at 301 Ramp Road (5th Street and Brevard Ave.) in Cocoa Beach. Tickets are $17 to $22. Call 321-783-3127 or visit SurfsidePlayers.com.
THIS WEEKEND ONLY
LONGFORM SHOW with the Not Quite Right Players take adventurous audiences on one long, totally improvised play 8 p.m. Saturday at the Derek Gores Gallery, 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne, FL. Tickets are $11.54 and available on line by clicking here. These shows typically sell out.
“ROCKETS & ROBOTS” exhibition has its opening 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday night. The show continues its run through April at Rocket City Retro in Cocoa. Read more by clicking here. Rocket City Retro is at 116 Forrest Ave., Cocoa. Admission is free. Regular hours are 11 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 321-446-0129 or visit RocketCityRetroFl.com.
ONE MORE WEEK“HELLO DOLLY!” is having a triumphant run at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. This thoroughly professional production is nothing less than Broadway quality. Read my review by clicking here. The show runs through March 27. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL. It performs Tuesdays through Sundays with matinees on Wednesdays, select Thursdays and weekends. Tickets begin at $35. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or better yet, show Riverside you appreciate their support of Brevard Culture by clicking onto their ad on the right side of this page.
“SUGAR” is charming audiences at Cocoa Village Playhouse. Read the review by clicking here. The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. Tickets are $16 to $24. Call 321-636-5050 or visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com.
CONTINUING ART EXHIBITSREIMAGINED: INNOVATIONS IN FIBER ART by Alex Trimino and Carrie Sieh runs through May 7 at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. This is a vivid, fun, engaging exhibit filled with color and, as the title suggests — imagination. This is a real treat. Free admission. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. The Funk Center is on the campus of Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. Call 321-674-8313 or click here.
IMPRINTS: THOSE MADE / LEFT BEHIND by photographer David Wallace exhibit focuses in part on his love of Paris. The exhibit runs through March 27 at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.