By PAM HARBAUGH
I’m hoping to convince all y’all to hit the road and come to Orlando to experience drama in a 30-seat theater and see GIDION’S KNOT, which opens tonight at Theater on the Edge. Read more about it below.
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GIDION’S KNOT opens tonight and runs through July 8 at Theater on the Edge in Orlando. This is a startling long one-act written by Johnna Adams, who received an ATCA/Steinberg award for it. Its first professional production was at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival and has since enjoyed a multitude of productions around the country. I am humbled to be directing the production at Theater on the Edge and thrilled to have worked with two powerful Meisner-trained actors — Kyrstal Glover and Natalie Bulajic. The setting is a fifth grade classroom and the action starts when a mother visits the teacher who suspended her son for something he wrote. A mystery quickly unfolds. The play is muscular enough to hold many themes, including censorship, responsibility, honesty, cowardice, bullying and more. Although set in a classroom, this play is intended for adults, so leave the children home. Tickets are $18 to $26. Theater on the Edge is at 5542 Hansel Avenue, Orlando, FL. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit TheaterOnTheEdge.org or click on their ad.
THE WIZARD OF OZ (FRACTURED) opens tonight and runs through Sunday at Surfside Playhouse. Tickets are $25 general, $22 seniors, military and students and $10 for children 15 years and younger. Surfside Playhouse is at 301 Ramp Road (5th Street South), Cocoa Beach, FL. Call 321-783-3127, visit SurfsidePlayers.com or click on their ad.
HAY FEVER runs through June 24 at Melbourne Civic Theatre. Read a story about it by clicking here. The Noel Coward comedy brings Kathy Minzenberger back to the stage, which is always a treat. Tickets are $31 general and $29 seniors, military and students. Melbourne Civic Theatre is at 817 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne.Call 321-723-6935, visit MyMCT.org or click on their ad.]
Fur die Kinder:
MADAGASCAR, JR. runs July 29 at Riverside Theatre. Shows are 2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, and Friday, June 29. Tickets are $10. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach, FL. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click on their ad.
Nightlife and Music:
NOT QUITE RIGHT PLAYERS will perform an improvised play and improv games 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Derek Gores Gallery, 587 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne, FL. Doors open at 7:30 pm., Show at 8:00 p.m. Cash bar. Tickets are $15 (+sales tax and fees) online through www.nqrcomedy.com. No refunds or exchanges.
QUEEN: A Night at the Opera will be recreated 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16, by Classic Albums Live. Tickets start at $29.75. The King Center is at 3865 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne, FL. Call 321-242-2219, visit KingCenter.com or click on its ad.
COMEDY ZONE features stand up comics Greg Hall and Kevin White Friday and Saturday evenings at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. Shows begin at 7:30 and 9:30 tonight and Saturday. Patrons to the Comedy Zone can also enjoy free music before the shows and casino games in the lobby. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Drive, Vero Beach. Get there early and buy a burger and a beer if you like. Tickets are $12 and $18. Call 772-231-6990, visit RiversideTheatre.com or click onto their ad.
HEIDI’S JAZZ CLUB presents Steve Kirsner and Friends 5 – 8 p.m. today followed by the Ron Teixeira Trio. Hella performs Saturday night with the Ron Teixeira Trio. In addition to great entertainment, Heidi’s offers a wonderful bar and a super bar menu. This is definitely a favorite sophisticated night spots in Brevard. It’s warm and inviting and has a dance floor and impeccable service. Read more by clicking here. Heidi’s is at 7 N Orlando Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL. Call 321-783-4559 or visit HeidisJazzClub.com or click on their ad.
GREASE SING-ALONG MOVIE begins 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Cocoa Village Playhouse, 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa. $13. Call 321-636-5050 or visit CocoaVillagePlayhouse.com.
MAGGY ROZYCKI HILTNER: NOT QUITE SEW and APRON STRINGS: TIES TO THE PAST exhibits run through Aug. 11 at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts. Ms. Hiltner has exhibited in important museums around the country, has been featured in publications and is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts’ Artist’s Innovation Award for the state of Montana. The Ruth Funk is on the campus of Florida Tech, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Call 321-674-8313.
PREOCCUPATION is a solo show by 2017 100% Pure Florida winner, Vanessa Bates. This exhibit runs through June 30 at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. On Saturday, June 9, at 2 pm, Vanessa Bates will be speaking about her ironic work. The Fifth Avenue Art Gallery is at 1470 Highland Ave., Melbourne. 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.
Don’t forget, auditions for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” musical at Melbourne Civic Theatre will be held Sunday and Monday. For more information, click here.
ALADDIN, JR. will be held June 22 at the King Center.