By John Thomason
By Benjy Caplan
By Artburst Miami
By Carlos Suarez De Jesus
By Daniel Reskin
A Picasso: Art and politics collide in this fictional drama set in Paris during the German occupation. The mysterious Miss Fischer is sent to interrogate the famed Pablo Picasso regarding the authenticity of three paintings left behind by their owners, who have fled the regime. April 13 through May 2. Coconut Grove Playhouse, 3500 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove. 305-442-4000.
Fiddler on the Roof: If the traditional Broadway musical is your cup of tea, your cup runneth over with this Fiddler on the Roof. The widely loved, well-known classic about a tradition-bound Jewish community caught up in the turbulent changes of prerevolutionary Russia is a huge undertaking, but Actors' Playhouse pulls the whole thing off with panache. The company's artistic director, David Arisco, offers warmth and spirit as Tevye, the world-weary dairyman, and he gets excellent support from the entire cast, in large roles and small, notably from the redoubtable Margot Moreland as his sharp-tongued wife. -- RM Through April 11. Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. 305-444-9293.
Flyin' West: Reviewed in this issue. Through May 9. The M Ensemble Actors Studio, 12320 W. Dixie Hwy., North Miami. 305-895-8955.
I Take Your Hand in Mine: EDGE Theatre's latest show centers on the relationship between famed Russian playwright Anton Chekhov and his actress amour, later his wife, Olga Knipper, and is drawn from their extensive correspondence. These well-known love letters, which have been the subject of several theater projects, have the potential for emotionally engaging drama but sadly, little such is in evidence here. The production, in which the actors recite their roles from hand-held scripts, is really no more than a staged reading, and a cursory one at that. -- RM Through April 18. EDGE Theatre, 3627 NE First Ct. 305-531-6083.
Permanent Collection:Thomas Gibbons's Permanent Collection is a must-see examination of race, art, and the media. The play centers on a series of dialogues primarily between Sterling North, an African-American outsider who takes over a prestigious arts foundation, and Paul Barrow, the foundation's long-time director of education. Thanks to Gibbons's deftly constructed text and these highly charged performances, as we watch North and Barrow spar their way through accusations of racism and reverse racism, we really don't know what's going to happen next. -- ML Through April 25. Florida Stage, Plaza Del Mar, 262 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan. 561-585-3433 or 800-541-3837.
Waiting for Godot: Reviewed in this issue. Through April 25. Sol Theatre Project, 1140 NE Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale. 954-525-6555.