Saturday, July 30, 2011

Weekend arts picks: July 29-Aug. 2

Michael McKeever and Nickolas Richberg in Stuff.

Editor’s note: This story, was was to be posted Friday, was delayed by technical difficulties. It has been posted since Friday on www.palmbeachartspaper.com.

Theater:‭ ‬OK,‭ ‬you’ve procrastinated long enough.‭ ‬This is the final weekend for the world premiere production of‭ ‬Stuff at Boca Raton’s Caldwell Theatre.‭ ‬This cautionary tale of two eccentrically wasted lives,‭ ‬wealthy Harlem hermits Homer and Langley Collyer,‭ ‬is not only Davie playwright Michael McKeever’s best script in quite a while,‭ ‬but he gives a remarkably accomplished performance as figuratively and literally blind brother Homer.‭ ‬Despite the story’s tragic underpinnings,‭ ‬McKeever is able to mine it for darkly comic potential.‭ ‬Also worth the ticket price is the wily performance of Angie Radosh as the Collyer matriarch,‭ ‬wielding a genteel,‭ ‬but iron fist in raising her boys.‭ ‬Through Sunday.‭ ‬Call:‭ ‬(561‭) ‬241-7432‭ ‬or‭ ‬(877‭) ‬245-7432‭ ‬for tickets.

Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling in Crazy,‭ ‬Stupid Love.

Film:‭ ‬We know how romantic comedies go these days.‭ ‬They are painfully predictable and fueled by bodily fluid jokes.‭ ‬So when a movie like‭ ‬Crazy,‭ ‬Stupid Love comes along with some genuine plot surprises and an adult outlook on the world,‭ ‬it feel like a summer oasis.‭ ‬Steve Carell,‭ ‬Hollywood’s current schlemiel of choice,‭ ‬plays a long-married suburban dad whose wife dumps him and,‭ ‬out of sheer pity,‭ ‬ladies‭’ ‬man Ryan Gosling coaches him in how to pick up women in bars and start his life over.‭ ‬Yes,‭ ‬emotional mayhem ensues,‭ ‬but Dan Fogelman’s screenplay takes that theme to unexpected places.‭ ‬And the captivating Emma Stone‭ (‬Easy A,‭ ‬next month’s‭ ‬The Help‭) ‬again shows why she is an emerging star to be reckoned with.

Igor Stravinsky.

Music:‭ ‬Somewhere in the middle of World War I,‭ ‬Igor Stravinsky discovered jazz,‭ ‬and America’s hot new music left its mark on Stravinsky’s style,‭ ‬giving him the impetus to leave the Rimsky-Korsakov tradition behind for good.‭ ‬Tonight and through Sunday,‭ ‬the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival closes its‭ ‬20th anniversary season with a reprise of‭ ‬L’Histoire du Soldat,‭ ‬14‭ ‬seasons after it performed it the first time.‭ ‬The same cast is on hand‭ – ‬actors Barbara Bradshaw,‭ ‬Joe Gillie and Randolph Dellago‭ – ‬all performing Stravinsky and C.F.‭ ‬Ramuz’s story of a soldier who encounters the Devil while on two weeks‭’ ‬leave.‭ ‬Also on the program is the big E-flat Piano Quintet‭ (‬Op.‭ ‬44‭) ‬of Robert Schumann,‭ ‬featuring Lynn University-based pianist Yang Shen.‭ ‬Tickets for the concert are‭ ‬$25.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬800-330-6874‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.pbcmf.org.

Paramore.

The Vans Warped Tour,‭ ‬now in its‭ ‬16th year,‭ ‬rolls into the Cruzan Amphitheatre this weekend with a host of hot bands including Paramore and Florida favorites Less Than Jake.‭ ‬What began as a way to sell more skateboards and the extreme sporting life has turned into a major venue for folks who like their rock with a hard,‭ ‬aggressive edge,‭ ‬and some of the newer bands on view this time are sure to make a wider mark in years to come.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$43‭ ‬through Ticketmaster‭; ‬doors open at‭ ‬11:30‭ ‬a.m.

Lil Wayne.

On Tuesday,‭ ‬the Cruzan plays host to Lil Wayne,‭ ‬the New Orleans rapper‭ (‬Lollipop,‭ ‬I Am Not a Human Being‭) ‬whose next,‭ ‬and possibly last,‭ ‬album,‭ ‬The Carter IV,‭ ‬is due out next month.‭ ‬Wayne will be joined by Rick Ross,‭ ‬Keri Hilson,‭ ‬Far East Movement,‭ ‬and Lloyd in this stop on a tour that’s been one of the biggest of the summer,‭ ‬and may continue for additional dates.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$29.75‭ ‬and available through Ticketmaster.

A scene from the original Dayton Ballet version of Play Ball‭!

Dance:‭ ‬Touring dance master Christopher Fleming created a baseball-based ballet in 1999‭ ‬featuring various diamond moves set to familiar classical selections,‭ ‬and tomorrow night and Sunday,‭ ‬the Boca Ballet Theatre offers Fleming’s tribute to the‭ ‬1940s boys of summer.‭ ‬Play Ball is the chief work on the Boca Ballet’s‭ ‬All-American Summer program,‭ ‬set for‭ ‬8‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Saturday and‭ ‬2‭ ‬p.m.‭ ‬Sunday at FAU’s University Theatre.‭ ‬Checking it out might be a good way to avoid the heat and celebrate the company’s‭ ‬20th anniversary.‭ ‬Tickets are‭ ‬$35.‭ ‬Call‭ ‬995-0709‭ ‬or visit‭ ‬www.bocaballet.org.

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