Night & Day

Tuesday 1
It figures that a guy who grew up in Minnesota -- Land of 10,000 Lakes -- would end up writing the history of Chris Craft, the manufacturer of the sporty wooden speedboat. Author Jeffrey L. Rodengen now lives in Fort Lauderdale, and the story of the Illinois boat company, which will celebrate its 125th anniversary next year, was the first history book he wrote. Now the author of hundreds of technical and general interest articles and 23 books on American technology and history, Rodengen didn't even start writing books until 1980. Before moving to Florida that year to write about the evolution of American industry -- including The Legend of Dr Pepper/7-Up and The Legend of Goodyear: The First 100 Years -- he spent 15 years in the entertainment industry producing, directing, or writing some 30 films, television specials, and stage revues. His next book is The Legend of Pfizer: Part of the Cure For 150 Years, about the pharmaceutical giant. He'll talk about his work today at 2 p.m. at the North Regional/BCC Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek. Admission is free. Call 954-969-2600.

Wednesday 2
You know him as Captain Stubing from The Love Boat. But this time around, actor Gavin McCloud is starring as... an actor, in Moon Over Buffalo. The comedy by Ken Ludwig revolves around a pair of not-so-happily married actors who find themselves winding down their careers running a second-rate theater company in 1953 Buffalo. And with the ragtag troupe performing the swashbuckling Cyrano de Bergerac and the comedy Private Lives in repertory, there's plenty of opportunity for over-the-top farce, as well as door-slamming, sword-fighting, mistaken identity, and extramarital affairs. The play -- which was nominated for two 1996 Tony Awards -- has all the obvious camp one can handle. It opens tonight at the Royal Poinciana Playhouse (70 Royal Poinciana Plaza, Palm Beach) for a two-week run before moving on to the Parker Playhouse on December 15. Ticket prices range from $46.50 to $49. Call 561-659-3310 or see "Stage" listings for details.

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