The Odd Couple

October 13 - October 29, 2017

Male & Female Versions, alternating performances

By Neil Simon

Produced by Garden Theatre

This classic comedy discovers what happens when persons of opposite personalities and lifestyles become unlikely roommates. Prolific American playwright Neil Simon brought slovenly Oscar Madison and fastidious Felix Ungar to the stage in 1965, and won the Tony for Best Author of a Play. The Odd Couple went on to become a film and a successful television series. In 1985, Simon revised the play for a female cast in a contemporary setting, in which Olive Madison and Florence Ungar become the mismatched roommates after a marital separation. From a male or female perspective, hilarity results when the worlds of these endearing characters collide! The show will be performed in rep with both male and female versions on opening weekend, and alternating weekends thereafter. For schedule, please click “Read More” below, and then click on the “Learn More” tab.

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November 25 - December 23, 2017

Sensory-Friendly Performance: Sat, Dec 9 at 2pm

Book by Thomas Meehan | Music by Charles Strouse | Lyrics by Martin Charnin

Presented by Florida Hospital | Produced by Garden Theatre

Hoping for a life outside her dreary orphanage, little orphan Annie charms her way into the heart of a New York millionaire during the Depression. The only person standing in the way of Annie’s dream is the scheming, gin-soaked matron of the orphanage, Miss Hannigan. One of the world’s best-loved Broadway musicals comes to life with a rousing score including “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

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The Lieutenant of Inishmore

February 2 - February 25, 2018

By Martin McDonagh

Produced by Beth Marshall Presents

The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a feared Irish terrorist who has no qualms of torturing, mutilating and murdering his enemies. The one life he does value is that of his beloved black cat, Wee Thomas. After Wee Thomas is found with a crushed skull, a heartbroken Mad Padraic becomes hell-bent on finding the person responsible and the vividly gruesome violence and carnage that ensues makes for an extremely dark, yet hilarious comedy that explores the absurdity of political violence.

An Avant Garden production

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A Tennessee Walk

March 16 - March 31, 2018

By Rob Winn Anderson

Southeastern United States Premiere | Produced by Garden Theatre

Dark secrets abound in the hills of Tennessee in this Southern Gothic tale. It’s 1916, and a circus elephant named Mary is sentenced to die in a horrible way after killing a man during a parade in Kingsport. Mary’s execution, demanded by the hysterical public, becomes a media event. At the same time, Bobbie Coleman, a young girl of twelve, is experiencing her own horror as tragedy besets her closest friend, Willa Fay. Fast forward eighty years, when a freelance journalist attempts to break Bobbie’s silence and at long last find the out the truth of that fateful time. True-life stories and fictional storytelling are weaved together for an unforgettable tale by Central Florida-based playwright Rob Winn Anderson, who in 2011 won the SART ScriptFEST competition and the 2012 Southern Playwrights competition for this work.

An Avant Garden production

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

April 27 - May 27, 2018

Music by Alan Menken | Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz | Book by Peter Parnell

Presented by Florida Hospital | Produced by Garden Theatre

In this epic musical based on the Victor Hugo novel, Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame longs to escape his captivity by the Archdeacon Frollo and partake in the Feast of Fools in 15th-century Paris. Initially enthralled by the revelry, he is treated cruelly by the boisterous crowd until a beautiful and sympathetic gypsy named Esmeralda comes to his rescue. Quasimodo is captivated by her free spirit, as is the Archdeacon and the handsome Captain Phoebus. Frollo’s mission to cleanse Paris of lechery and foreigners – including the gypsies – conflicts with his desire, and, in the end, Quasimodo must make the choice to leave his sanctuary of stone and become a hero to the one he loves.

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