The Week

The Week: Mo’Nique, Kathleen Madigan and ‘Lord of the Dance’

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Written by Patrick Robert

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Romance, Romance

Slow Burn Theatre Company’s newest production reveals how danger and illusion can sow the seeds of romantic lust. Romance, Romance contains two one-act musicals each observing the ironic nature of love. Set in 19th century Vienna, The Little Comedy involves a burgeoning relationship between two people with adopted personas. Josefine tires of her upper class lovers, pretends to be poor, and finds bored playboy Alfred, pretending to be a struggling poet. The second one-act, Summer Share, is set in The Hamptons in the late 1980s and explores the possible illicit affairs stemming from two couples’ season in a rented cottage.

Begins 2/18, 7:30 p.m. Broward Center for the Performing Arts. 201 SW 5th Ave. Fort Lauderdale. 33312.

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Mo’Nique

Sassy and blunt comedian Mo’Nique began her career as Nikki Parker on UPN’s long-running early millennial TV show The Parkers. From there she became a fixture on Showtime at the Apollo and transitioned into films like Phat Girlz and Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins. It was in 2009, though, when she fulfilled her career aspirations by winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the well-received film Precious. Her dark, realistic portrayal of abusive mom Mary solidified her place in film history.

Begins 2/19, 7:30 p.m. Palm Beach Improv. 550 S. Rosemary Ave. West Palm Beach. 33401

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Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games

Michael Flatley’s wildly successful Lord of the Dance series came to fruition in the mid-1990s when Flatley conflicted with the producers of Riverdance, a show he had first found fame. He ventured into his own project, combining Celtic and contemporary dance on a grand, soul-stirring scale. Lord of the Dance became an international sensation, enrapturing fans across the world. His newest production Dangerous Games continues the Lord of the Dance tradition, retelling an old Irish folk legend. It stars James Keegan, Morgan Comer, Mathew Smith, Cathal Keaney, Fergal Keaney, and Andras Kren. As always, the show is choreographed and directed by Michael Flatley.

2/19, 7:00 p.m. BB&T Center. 2555 NW 136th Ave. Sunrise. 33323

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Bryan Adams

Canada’s best-selling recording artist has sold over 100 million records in nearly forty years of show business. His greatest triumph was in 1991 when he wrote a song for the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” ruled the airwaves throughout the world, reaching the top of the charts in the US, France, Germany, Australia, and the UK, where it spent a record-breaking sixteen weeks at number one. Other hits in his extensive catalog include “Run to You,” “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman,” “Summer of ‘69” and “Heaven.”

2/20, 8:00 p.m. Fillmore. 1700 Washington Ave. Miami Beach. 33139

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Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus – LIVE!

Perhaps more interesting to the LGBT community as research study as opposed to relationship advice, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus is the hit theatrical show based on John Gray’s famous book. The show examines the diverging approaches men and women take to relationship conflicts. In the show, a man resists Gray’s advice only to meet the famed self-help guru and have his life forever changed. This fusion of theatre and standup covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom.

2/20, 8:00 p.m. James L. Knight Center. 400 SE Second Ave. Miami. 33131

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Delray Beach Open

This year’s Delray Beach Open heralds the return of 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro. The popular Argentine player has been suffering from a rash of injuries for the past few years and is looking for the Delray Beach Open to jumpstart his career. He will face stiff competition from some of the ATP tour’s best, including up-and-comers Bernard Tomic and Grigor Dimtrov, and American favorites Sam Querrey and Donald Young. Today’s afternoon sessions include the doubles final and the singles final.

2/21, 11:00 a.m. Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. 201 W. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach. 33444

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The Kinsey Sicks

The first and only Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, The Kinsey Sicks perform a capella, melding slick satire with fabulous drag costuming. The group started out on a street corner in San Francisco’s Castro District before making their way to full-length, sold-out theatrical productions. They have performed Off-Broadway as well as on an extended run at the Las Vegas Hilton, earning Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk award nominations along the way. Their newest production Electile Dysfunction continues their tradition of gorgeous singing combined with raunchy humor.

2/21, 7:00 p.m. Parker Playhouse. 707 NE Eighth St. Fort Lauderdale. 33301

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Ms. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton

As one of the stars of the acclaimed documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, Lisa Fischer astounded audiences with her voice and her story—she has worked mostly as a backup singer for such popular acts as the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Nine Inch Nails, and Luther Vandross. The documentary put her in the spotlight for the first time, allowing for this tour that will include gorgeously sung performances of Stones tunes, classic rock songs, and her own little-known Grammy-winning R&B single from 1991 “How Can I Ease the Pain.”

2/23, 8:00 p.m. Parker Playhouse. 707 NE Eighth St. Fort Lauderdale. 33301

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Kathleen Madigan

One of the busiest comedians working today, Kathleen Madigan has been performing for over twenty-five years to critical acclaim, including having her third hour-long special Madigan Again be named one of the Best Comedy Albums of 2013 by iTunes. She’s won many other comedy awards, including the American Comedy Award for Best Female Comedian and the Phyllis Diller Award for Best Female Comedian. Her wit focuses on both her bizarre self-made man father and her lackluster single life.

2/24, 8:00 p.m. Fort Lauderdale Improv. 5700 Seminole Way. Fort Lauderdale. 33314