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age34 The Palm Beach Post MARCH 27, 1998 TGIF 'Mack, Mabel' a dark show for usually upbeat Herman certain age" on the verge of major changes in their lives. B They 're Playing Our Song Two songwriters try to collaborate and find themselves getting romantic. Written by Marvin Ham-lisch and Carole Bayer Sager and based on their own lives. Call 689-0818 for more details. one first-act riff about how men are biologically destined to cheat on their mates sounds as though it comes from today's evening news. In the second act, Bruce is seen outside a courtroom, waiting to go to trial on obscenity charges, rehearsing the material he eventually was not allowed to present in the trial. For reservations, call 251 Sunrise at 820-9777. Tickets are $10. Jewish theater, anyone? "That's not what they came to see. I think now people are more ready for that musical theater, as opposed to just musical comedy." Mack and Mabel is new to musical veterans Fionte and Adjan, as is working on the tiny, four-sided Royal Palm stage. "It's certainly a daunting space when you first encounter it," says Fionte. "The thought is, 'How will we pull this off?' " Now, with a few previews under his belt, he says, "I'm amazed at how well everyone works in the space." Adjan learned to adjust to the technique of frequent turns, so that her back wasn't to any section of the audience for too long. "You feel limited because you can't just stand face-to-face and have a scene with someone," she says. "But on the other hand, it opens you up to all those other choices and possibilities." Herman has long called Mack and Mabel his favorite score, and he has long wanted to solve the show. As a result, the script has often been revised, dramatically so in a London production of a few seasons ago. "We started with the original MACK AND MABEL: Royal Palm Dinner Theatre, 3 1 5 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, continuing through May 31. Tickets: $41 -$49. Phone: 1 (800)841-6765. effective ending for the show," says Adjan. "He's added his own touches. It's still sad, regretful, but satisfying." Lenny redux . . . The Palm Beach restaurant at, and called, 251 Sunrise is interested in expanding its performance menu. In addition to its jazz offerings, it will present Obie winner Frank Speiser in his one-man show, The World of Lenny Bruce, this Tuesday, again on April 7, and perhaps more dates beyond. According to Speiser, the eateryclub would also love to assemble a resident improvisational comedy troupe. Speiser developed his Bruce show at a cabaret at Yale University in 1971, then toured it to more than 200 colleges and performed it off-Broadway for five months. Although all of the comedy routines in the show were written by Bruce, who died in the mid-'60s, DO U D O Considering that Mack and Mabel is Jerry Herman's valentine to Mack Sennett, the creator of the Keystone Kops, and to Mabel Nor-mand, his "Bathing Beauties" star and romantic interest, it is curious that the show is one of upbeat Herman's darkest. "As at Hap Erstein Theater tracted as these people were to each other, they did not have a magical, charmed life," says John Fionte, who plays Sennett in the Royal Palm Dinner Theatre production that opened last week and plays ' through May 31. "As much as we may want it to be a happy ending, it really isn't." Like Normand, the original Broadway version of Mack and Mabel died before its time. It opened in 1974 and lasted a mere 66 performances, unthinkable for a show from the composer of Hello, Dolly! and Mame, that starred Robert Preston and Bernadette Peters. "At the time it came out, audiences were not accustomed to musicals with sad endings," says Irene Adjan, the Royal Palm's Ma-fcei. Certainly not from Herman. - - - " New York version; then, we've inserted a lot of stuff from the London version," says Fionte. The question is how to put a more positive spin on a story that ends unhappily. "I really think (director) Bob (Bogdanoff) has created a satisfying, yet truthful. P C3TJI0BMQ3 q IT-r't . . . The Kaplan Jewish Communi ty Center quieted pessimists who were worried about the future of theater there by announcing slate of four productions for the 1998-99 season. It (dates and prices still to come) includes: UAnd the World Goes Round The off-Broadway revue of the songs, of John Kander and Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret). Life on the Third Rail A contemporary comedy about public relations executive who has to choose between a struggling artist and a stuffy stockbroker, Starring Lee Meredith (The Pro ducers, The Sunshine Boys). Mamaleh! A new musical about five Jewish women "of a O O O - the - Italian Longest Running Audience Participation I! r-f LINE: 561-863-7723 INFOj 561-863-6474 J visa, atticx, wiscoxcr n n o nci HI mm rr n v r Cedent Series mo narch 28. 1998 8pm Eliso floote Donee Hailed by the New York Times as "first rate a company blessed with stamina and gusto. this 17-year old company will perform some of its most innovative and breath taking works from the repertory. laTir&MtrterKifs Apnl4 Fjmsfwork Mask Theatre April if Of Ebony Ember BOX OFFICE SGI 439-8141 Palm Beach Community College Duncan Theatre Trf WY Ik at Jewish I I v M0KI South Florida's Musical Comedy with yn3iij mm A AT THE f!flfl GULFSTRIAM DINNER THEATER 3625 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach Thurs, Fri, Sat, 7 pm; Sun, 1230 & 6 pm through May 10 Show, Dinner, Tax & Tip: Only $44.95 Croup Rates: Great for Anniversaries A Birthdays NO HAPPY ENDING: John Fionte is Mack Sennett and Irene Adjan is Mabel Normand in the Royal Palm Dinner Theatre production. DIRECT RESERVATION GROUPS: 561-845-2651- cnarge oy rnonc: Master, n n n n n SMALL ADS GET READ, TOO Call (561) 820-4300 to advertise. The Palm Beach Post

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