By PAM HARBAUGH
Irma Schmirma, the show is most definitely going on, whether that means rehearsing in living rooms, moving back openings or doubling up on weekend performances. A major art exhibit opening is delayed one week. One organization serving up a fundraiser for hurricane recovery. And one is celebrating its intact survival with free performances.
Here’s some chatty down and dirty:
The Henegar Center is doubling down on performances of DOGFIGHT this weekend. That is good because theater lovers simply must see this fantastic show filled with fresh faces, a new book and music. You will plotz for the talent in this show, seen up close and personal in the second floor Studio Theatre., And how smart and professional to tuck the musicians in the small studio down the hall and have the music “piped in.” Can you imagine how their hearts must have sunk when they could only do one show on the opening weekend? Shudder… Remaining performances are 8 p.m. tonight, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday, through Sept. 17. Call 321-723-8698, visit Henegar.org or click on their ad.
The Henegar Center has moved its opening of SWEENEY TODD to Oct. 13. Director Dominic Del Brocco arranged to have rehearsals at his home, then, at a last minute challenge of…well, let’s just say…infrastructure issues…had to switch it to Kristin Springer’s music studio in West Melbourne. The Stephen Sondheim musical will run through Oct. 29. Call 321-723-8698 or visit Henegar.org.
Melbourne Civic Theatre had to interrupt the run of its sold out production of A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM. The “hurricane weekend” was moved back two weeks and is now being presented Sept. 22 – 24. Patrons with tickets to the “hurricane weekend” will have the same tickets, same seats. There might be some open seats, so if you missed out on getting a ticket, you should call 321-723-6935 visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.
The Not Quite Right Players improv troupe will perform a HURRICANE RELIEF SHOW using its “longform” style for the first act — rather than using audience suggestions, they will make up a play on the spot. The second act will use audience suggestion. It begins 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Derek Gores Gallery, 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne. This is a donations only show, which means dig in and shell it out. Click here.
Although it had to delay its opening by one day, THE KING AND I, the sumptuous Lincoln Center revival of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic directed by Barlett Sher, runs through Sunday in the Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando. Tickets start at $34.25. Call 844.513.2014 or visit DrPhillips.org.
Surfside Playhouse has moved its opening of 39 STEPS to next Friday, Sept. 22. The Alfred Hitchcock send-up will run through Oct. 1. Call 321-783-3127 visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click on their ad.
Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando has had to cancel its Sept. 20 preview performance of BIG RIVER. However, the show will still open Sept. 22. Visit MadCowTheatre.com.
Sadly, one show has been canceled outright: THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAMS SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) directed by Titsuvlle Playhouse gifted lighting designer William Gibbons-Brown, was supposed to run at the Thank You Five Theater in Port Orange. We’re all sure that Gibbons-Brown and his talented cast will rally from this heart-wrenching situation.
MUSIC OF WOODSTOCK with Classic Albums Live begins 8 p.m. Saturday at the King Center. Tickets start at $29.75. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219, visit KingCenter.com.
Riverside Theatre is serving up free HOWL AT THE MOON tickets Friday and Saturday. There are limited seating, so each household can receive up to two tickets. This weekend will also include an Outdoor Bar & Grill special fundraiser – for $22.50 you can get one regular entrée, two well drinks and a dessert with all proceeds going to the Safe Space domestic violence shelter. Performances are 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. today and Saturday. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click on their ad.
Für die Kinder:
PEPPA PIG’S SURPRISE begins 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the King Center. Read about it by clicking here. Tickets begin at $33.50. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne. Call 321-242-2219, visit KingCenter.com or click on their ad.
CLOTH AS COMMUNITY: HMONG TEXTILES IN AMERICA has pushed back its opening to Sept. 23 at Florida Institute of Technology’s Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. Click on their ad.
WOMAN-MADE: FEMALE ARTISTS FROM THE FOOSANER COLLECTION is on view through Oct. 7 at the Foosaner Art Museum. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the John K. and Julia R. Roach Fund in memory of Judy Roach. And we love thinking about Judy Roach and how much she loved the arts. The exhibition comprises select 20th century women artists such as Isabel Bishop, Louise Nevelson and Miriam Schapiro…as well as some of the area’s best artists (who happen to be women) including Susan Martin, Vera Sattler and the late Ellen Plankey. The Foosaner Art Museum is at 1463 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Call 321-674-8916, visit FoosanerMuseum.org or click on their ad.
DOMINIC AGOSTINI PORTRAITS exhibition runs through Sept. 22 at the Renee Foosaner Education Center, 1520 Highland Ave, Melbourne. The works on view reveal the photographer’s keen interest in celebrating the heroic in every day people. Read more about it by clicking here. The exhibit is installed in the Frits Van Eeden Gallery. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Admission free. Call 321-674-8923 or visit FoosanerArtMuseum.org.
THE 12TH ANNUAL 100% PURE FLORIDA juried exhibit is on view at the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. This year, nearly 200 pieces were entered. Jurors chose 57 works by 42 artists for the show. Thirty of those artists are from Brevard. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Avenue, Melbourne. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 321-259-8261 or visit FifthAvenueArtGallery.com.
MAN OF LA MANCHA runs through Oct. 8 at Orlando Shakes.
BIG RIVER opens Sept. 22 and runs through Oct. 22 at the Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando. The preview performance scheduled for Wednesday, September 20 has been canceled due to lost rehearsal time.
OF MICE AND MEN, featuring West Melbourne actor Zack Roundy, opens Sept. 22 and runs through Oct. 8 at the Central Florida Community Arts Theatre, 250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd., Orlando