By PAM HARBAUGH
I’m exhausted just writing all this up. Lots to do at area theaters and those in Vero Beach and Orlando. And as long as you’re reading this, be sure to check out all the great art exhibits popping up.
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MAURITIUS closes Sunday at Melbourne Civic Theatre. As directed by Peg Girard and performed by her top notch cast, is a smart production of a wily play filled with intrigue and angst. It concerns a woman wanting to sell a stamp she believes to be priceless, her greedy sister and a cunning philatelist. In addition to intelligence, there’s plenty of adult language in this show (which is really very funny). Read the review by clicking here. The show runs through Nov. 6. at MCT, 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne. Tickets are $26 to $28. Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click onto their ad.AMERICAN BUFFALO opens this weekend and runs through Nov. 20 at the new Theater on the Edge in Edgewood area of Orlando. The drama stars two Brevard residents, Allan Whitehead and Zack Roundy. It also stars Marco DiGeorge (and is directed by yours truly). For more information, click here. Theater on the Edge is in the Truthful Acting Studios, 5542 Hansel Ave, Orlando, FL. Tickets are $22 to $24. Call 407-309-0106, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit TheaterOnTheEdge.org or click onto their ad.
THE PRODUCERS opens tonight at Surfside Players and runs through Nov. 20. The Mel Brooks’ musical is about a couple of producers who try to get rich quick off a group of old ladies who think they’re investing in a show. Surfside Playhouse is at 301 Ramp Road (5th St. South), Cocoa Beach. Tickets are $25 with discounts for seniors, students and active military. Call 321-783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click onto their ad.
RING OF FIRE: The Music of Johnny Cash runs through runs through Nov. 13 at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. This is a musical revue filled with Johnny Cash songs and performed by a stellar professional cast. Read the review by clicking here. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach, FL. Tickets begin at $35. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click onto their ad.
SEALED FOR FRESHNESS opens tonight at Titusville Playhouse’s Second Stage. The comedy is evocative of “Desperate Housewives.” The run is already sold out, but you can always call to get put onto their waiting list, or venture to the theater in hopes that someone doesn’t show up. TPI is at 301 Julia St., Titusville. Call 321-268-1125, visit TitusvillePlayhouse.com or click onto their ad.
HOWL AT THE MOON with dualing pianos by Ken Gustafson and Katie Pinder Brown has two shows tonight and tomorrow night at Riverside Theatre. This fun-packed music-filled evening has shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The shows invite guests to come enjoy a picnic style dinner while listening to some great music, free. Tickets start at $16. Shows sell out quickly, so purchase in advance. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click on their ad.
FOGHAT performs 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 9, at the King Center. This iconic rock group blends blues, boogie and rock ‘n’ roll and has earned eight Gold records, one Platinum record and one Double-Platinum record. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Tickets start at $58. Call 321-242-2219, visit KingCenter.com or click onto their ad.
NOT QUITE RIGHT PLAYERS perform improvisation comedy 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Derek Gores Gallery, 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. $15 general, $12 students. Visit NQRComedy.com.
Art:THE FIFTH AVENUE ART GALLERY has opened its annual Holiday Craft Show. See all the goodies 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. this evening at reception. That is during the the Eau Gallie Arts District First Friday. The show runs through Jan. 7, 2017 and is a great spot to pick up unusual gifts for the holidays. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, Florida. Gallery hours during this exhibit will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 321-259-8261, visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com or click onto their ad. GINA HULSE has a won woman show running Saturday evening in Rockledge. Read more about this wonderful artist by clicking here. The exhibit, “A Voice and a Journey: Daring to Defy,” will be on view 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 at Alicea’s Martial Arts, 1884 Highway 1 in Rockledge. Call 321-305-4921.
LIGHT UP THE ARTS is an exhibit commemorating the 40th anniversary celebration of Preston Studios. The exhibit opens with a VIP Preview reception Saturday. It runs for public viewing through Dec. 31 at the Foosaner Art Museum. The VIP reception is presented by the Foosaner and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra and costs $75 per person; it includes cocktails, live music and a charity auction of two original glassworks created by the stained glass artists at Preston Studios. Proceeds will benefit both the Foosaner and the BSO. The Foosaner Art Museum is at 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. For more information and to purchase a ticket for the reception, call 321-674-8916 or visit FoosanerArtMuseum or click on their ad.
AQUA EDITIONS is a new project opening tonight at Derek Gores Gallery. Read more about that by clicking here. Derek Gores gallery is at 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. Call 321-258-2119 or visit DerekGores.com/gallery.
RADIANT MESSENGER: Drawings by China Marks runs through Jan. 7, 2017 at Florida Tech’s Foosaner Art Museum. Read about the exhibit by clicking here. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Free admission. The Foosaner Art Museum is at 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org, call 321-674-8916 or click onto their ad.
TRANSFORMERS: RE-CONTEXTUALIZING OUR MATERIAL CULTURE runs through Dec. 17 at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts is on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. To read more about it, click here. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Call 321-674-8313, click here or click onto their ad.
GRACE LEAL is exhibiting in the Frits Van Eeden Gallery in the Florida Institute of Technology’s Renee Foosaner Education Center. The Foosaner Education Center is at 1520 Highland Ave. in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, as well as from 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month. Admission is free. A Gallery Talk will be held starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Both events are free and open to the public. Call 321-674-8923, visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org or click onto their ad.
BRUSH WITH SUCCESS runs through Sunday at the Art Gallery of Viera, 2261 Town Center Ave, Viera, FL. Call 321-504-4343 or visit ArtGalleryOfViera.com.