Here's a sampling of the productions coming to South Florida stages this summer:
gablestage.org. Tickets start at $50.
Veronica’s Position. Set in 1990s Washington, D.C., Veronica’s Position is a star-spangled comedy in which love and politics intermingle. When Veronica, a self-absorbed movie star in midlife (think Liz Taylor), agrees to costar in a revival of Hedda Gabler with her favorite ex-husband (think Richard Burton), both egos and calories get burned. The younger female director of the play within the play gets a better performance from Veronica’s ex-husband offstage than on. Meanwhile, Veronica’s gay assistant falls in love with an old pal, a controversial photographic artist who has just been denounced by Veronica’s current flame — a powerful United States senator. When conflicts build between those she adores, the fervently apolitical Veronica is forced to take a position on the one subject she cares about – love. Thursday, May 30, through June 30 at Island City Stage, 2038 N. Dixie Hwy., Wilton Manors; 954-519-2533. Tickets start at $38.
arshtcenter.org. Tickets cost $35 to $70.
Sisters. In Marsha A. Jackson's Sisters, two women find themselves stranded on the 20th floor of a downtown Atlanta office building during a snowstorm on New Year's Eve. Alone in the middle of a power outage, the women tackle each other’s prejudices, divisiveness, and the challenges that lie in their differences. June 6-23 at the M Ensemble Company, Sandrell Rivers Theater, 6103 NW Seventh Ave., Miami; 786-320-5986; themensemble.com. Tickets cost $16 to $31.
A Bronx Tale. Robert DeNiro and Chazz Palminteri’s movie and Broadway hit takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A Bronx Tale is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family. June 11-23 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222; browardcenter.org. Tickets start at $40.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Based on the smash-hit movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is the heartwarming, uplifting musical adventure of three friends — Tick, Bernadette, and Adam — who agree to take their glamorous, Sydney-based cabaret show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus called Priscilla, searching for love and friendship, and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed of. June 13-30 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222; browardcenter.org. Tickets cost $47 to $60.
arshtcenter.org. Tickets start at $34.
browardcenter.org. Tickets start at $29.50.
Puss in Boots. Everyone’s favorite swashbuckling feline in footwear shines in this musical retelling of the classic tale by Charles Perrault. Discover how Puss gets his bodacious boots and flashy fedora, and then join him as he helps the miller’s youngest son go from rags to riches. Can Puss convince the king that the poor miller’s son is the marquis de Carabas? Can he help the miller’s son win the hand of the beautiful princess and trick the ogre out of his castle? The answers await you in this terrific “tail” of intrigue and cunning. July 6-27 at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293; actorsplayhouse.org. Tickets start at $20.
arshtcenter.org. Tickets start at $49.
actorsplayhouse.org. Tickets start at $40.
Men on Boats. Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. This is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition that saw a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. July 19 to August 11 at Main Street Players, 6766 Main St., Miami Lakes; 305-558-3737; mainstreetplayers.com. Tickets sold per package, starting at $81 for three tickets.
Skeleton Crew. Skeleton Crew tackles the corrosion of the American Dream – and the economic, racial, and social tensions of a city, a workforce, and a nation. Set in a small factory in Detroit, this play articulates the workers' struggle to survive. Their banter and confrontations are a powerful currency posing urgent questions and revealing startling truths. July 20 to August 18 at GableStage, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; 305-445-1119; gablestage.org. Tickets cost $50.