Von Mahlsdorf is brought to life by actor Jefferson Mays, who while also taking on the plays 34 other characters recounts the most fascinating tale of survival this side of Cast Away. Although von Mahlsdorf had a hard enough time saving her own ass, her inner-museum geek led to another mission collecting art, furniture, recordings, and other knickknacks in the wake of Nazi looting. Von Mahlsdorf eventually opened the Grunderzeit Museum, which has been a beacon of historical preservation ever since.
I Am My Own Wife opens Tuesday and runs through February 5 at the Parker Playhouse (707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost $45 to $60. Call 954-462-0222.
Jan. 31-Feb. 5