Stalking the Bogeyman Provides Wicked Fun!

Plus, Buyer and Cellar at Actors' Playhouse and more!


Stalking the Boogeyman @ GableStage

Stalking the Boogeyman @ GableStage

Stalking the Boogeyman @ GableStage
The cast alone at GableStage at the Biltmore should be a big draw. It’s like a Who’s Who in South Florida theatre. Add to this a terrific play of absorbing drama, and it’s a hit in the making.

Even the name of the play, "Stalking the Bogeyman," is catchy. And director Joseph Adler is promising his loyal fans a wickedly funny time. It’s a must see production with Alex Alvarez, Patti Gardner, David Kwiat, Taylor Miller, Bill Schwartz and Barbara Sloan. Bogeyman runs from July 30 through August 28 - two months of thrilling fun and extraordinary story-telling, fresh from runs in London and Off-Broadway. It’s such an extra-ordinary play that even the authorship is a mix of playwrights and journalists. How’s this for author crediting and explanation - Stalking the Bogeyman is an American play by Markus Potter and David Holthouse with additional writing by Shane Zeigler, Shane Stokes and Santino Fontana! In the spring of 2003, David Holthouse was an award-winning journalist. But no one knew that David had two incredibly dark secrets - first, that 25 years ago he was the victim of a violent rape, and now, that he was planning the ultimate revenge on the man responsible. A humanizing story of transformation, Stalking the Bogeyman is a tale of healing and forgiveness. Based on the true story first told in the Denver Westword newspaper and subsequently on the popular weekly radio broadcast ‘This American Life,’ journalist Holthouse describes being raped at the age of 7 by a 14 year old boy and his recently abandoned plans to belatedly kill his now grown-up attacker: “This time last year I had a gun, and a silencer, and a plan.” To tell more would spoil the fun! Suffice it to say it’s intriguing! Call 305-445-1119 for tickets.

"Buyer and Cellar," currently at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in the Gables, is astonishing mainly because it is a one-person tour de force performance by Carbonell-winning actor Chris Crawford, directed by David Arisco. This fantastically funny show has Crawford playing numerous characters including Alex More (an unemployed actor), his boyfriend (Barry), Barbra Streisand’s House Manager husband, James Brolin, and eventually Streisand herself. This play runs through August 7th. Crawford gives a dynamite performance and will amaze theatre-goers as he dons so many roles. Call 305-444-9293 for tickets.

Fans of the fare Florida Stage used to produce can get a taste of it again in an unexpected setting. Former Florida Stage producing director Louis Tyrrell's Theatre Lab is collaborating with the Norton Museum to present a three-part play-reading series at the museum. The shows will be performed during the Norton’s weekly Art After Dark series.

And, coming soon and suggested for early ticketing - the Broward Stage Door on Sample Road - "Blame It On The Movies," runs August 10 through September 18; and the highly successful musical "The Rothschilds" plays September 7 through October 16. Call 954-340-4078. Finally, "Shorts Gone Wild 4" at Island City Stage runs August 6 through 28 - 954-600-7113.

Ron Levitt, a freelance writer, is a former United Press Staff Correspondent and chairman of a public relations firm. He served as Florida’s Assistant Secretary of State. He currently is president of the South Florida International Press Club and secretary of the Society of Professional Journalists (South Florida chapter). He is a theatre critic and a Carbonell voter, Vice President of the Theatre League of South Florida and serves on the Board of WLRN Public radio/TV in Miami and on the Executive Committee of the University of Miami Citizens Board.

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