By John Thomason
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Spamalot: Strictly speaking, Spam is a cooked-meat product containing bits of many long-dead animals — pigs, chickens, turkeys, clumsy factory workers — jammed together and canned for the gastronomic pleasure of Hawaiians and normal people alike. Spamalot is not a dissimilar product. It's a Tony Award-winning retelling of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, liberally spiced with pieces of The Life of Brian and parodies of assorted Broadway musicals. Hewing close to the original, Spamalot has attracted the love of critics and audiences alike. — Brandon K. Thorp Through March 9. Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722, www.carnivalcenter.org.
Some Girls: Playwright Neil LaBute doesn't think the glass is half-empty: He thinks it's filled to the brim with evil poisons that will melt your esophagus, and he's pretty sure the person responsible is a trusted loved one. Which is to say, he is not the most optimistic person — his view on relationships is dark and hip, and the themes of Some Girls are much the same as those of previous doom-struck joints The Shape of Things and Fat Pig. Some Girls is about the way people who seem to care about each other are only in it for their own selfish, solipsistic reasons. It follows a cad, played by Todd Allen Durkin, across a series of motel rooms as he reunites with girls he once dumped. Sounds awkward, doesn't it? It is. — Brandon K. Thorp Through March 15. Mad Cat Theatre at The Light Box, 3000 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-576-6377, www.madcattheatre.com.
The Wizard of Oz: The yellow brick road leads through Coral Gables in this Prince Street Players adaptation of L. Frank Baum's tale. Although the producers claim a stronger connection between the play and Baum's original text than to the 1939 Technicolor masterpiece, the opposite seems true, with the exception of Dorothy's slippers, which are silver rather than ruby-red. (Alas, no Toto either.) The play follows a similar musical conceit as the movie, though its songs pale in comparison to the film's. Still, that's the only sour note in an otherwise competent production suitable for audiences of all ages. — Frank Houston Through March 29. Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293, www.actorsplayhouse.org.
Footloose: When you saw an über-hot Kevin Bacon infect a small town with dance fever in the film Footloose, it made you want to boogie-oogie-oogie up and down Biscayne Boulevard with your version of the moonwalk. If you tried that today, a jolt from a Taser would likely be in the cards, which would actually be harder to deal with than a fun-hating John Lithgow. But the talented participants in the Actors' Playhouse production don't have to worry about prosecution. They're going to get Footloose and dare anyone to oppose their fun. — Raina McLeod Through April 6. Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293, www.actorsplayhouse.org.