In the play Monsoon Christmas, the Vietnam War is winding down, and nine Marines at a remote barracks have nothing to do but stand guard while riding out their tours of duty. Oh, by the way, four of them are black and five are white. They're bombarded by monsoon rains and waterlogged rats as they spend Christmas together at the base. Tensions mount after one of the black Marines, scarred deeply by a racial incident, coaxes his black comrades into conflicts with their white counterparts. And despite the loaded subject matter, the play manages to offer some humorous moments. Monsoon opens tonight at the Kravis Center For the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach) and continues through November 22. Curtain is 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $25. Call 800-572-8471 or 561-832-7469.
Songs like "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition," inspired by a tongue-in-cheek chaplain, gave soldiers and civilians a chance to chuckle during the otherwise dark days of World War II. "When the Lights Go on Again" referred primarily to the blackout conditions in London during bombing raids but also hit home for coastal Floridians who went through the drill. Older audience members will reminisce and younger ones will get a history lesson during A Sentimental Journey: Songs of World War II. Backed by a jazz combo, singers Lynn Roberts and Ray Charles (not the one you're thinking of), both war veterans, will also belt out "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B," "String of Pearls," and "This Is the Army, Mr. Jones." Each song will be introduced with a brief history. Tonight's 7:45 p.m. concert will take place at the Broward Center For the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $27. Call 954-462-0222.