By Chris Joseph
By Michael E. Miller
By Kyle Swenson
By David Villano
By Kyle Swenson
By John Thomason
By Michele Eve
"Andrew Stevovich: The Truth About Lola"
This is the first retrospective of its kind focusing on the work of Stevovich, whose rounded, almond-eyed figures make up a cast of characters distinctively his own. The artist, who was born in Austria and raised in Washington, D.C., apparently thinks of himself as an abstract painter, which will come as news to anyone who sees his characteristic crowd scenes. His influences from the Old Masters, particularly the early Italians, are evident, but it's the suggestion of narratives caught in the middle of unfolding that gives his work its edge. Michael Mills
Through July 19 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton. Call 561-392-2500, or visit bocamuseum.org
The Boca Museum's small but enormously satisfying auditorium display features 15 paintings by the late Maxwell, a South Florida-based artist who applied the techniques of pointillism to contemporary subject matter. The Chicago-born artist was also a concrete construction worker by trade, and so he was especially drawn to the sorts of things he knew well, such as pieces of heavy equipment and industrial job sites. As we can see here, he was also a visual poet of nighttime urban scenes. Michael Mills
Through May 30 at Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery, 4566 N. University Dr., Lauderhill. Call 954-748-0181, or visit bearandbird.com.
Inventive, themed exhibitions are a specialty of Bear and Bird gallery owner Amanda Magnetta-Ottati, and here she hits on another winner. Twice a year, the gallery offers an open invitation to all area artists to participate in a group show. This time, 155 responded, and every one of their self-portraits has been crammed onto the walls of the little space upstairs at Tate's Comics. It's a sight to behold — a giddy grab bag of portraiture with a dizzying array of styles and media represented, from oil to Pez candies and everything in between. Michael Mills
Two complementary but independent exhibitions, each drawn from a local private collection, turn out to be less an exploration of the urge to collect than an exploitation of it. At least we get to look at lots of art, some of it very good, along the way. "The Collection of Francie Bishop Good + David Horvitz" is represented by more than 70 works by more than 60 artists, mostly women. Included are such big names as Tina Barney, Gregory Crewdson, and Jenny Holzer but also such South Florida artists as Naomi Fisher, Carol Prusa, and Samantha Salzinger. "The Collection of Gordon Locksley + George T. Shea" is the smaller but grander of the two shows, with representative works by Ross Bleckner, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Anselm Kiefer, and Andy Warhol. Michael Mills
The Odd Couple
Through June 7 at Broward Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs. Call 954-344-7765, or visit stagedoortheatre.com.
The Odd Couple is the story of two recently divorced and utterly mismatched men who find themselves sharing a flat in New York. This being the original Neil Simon play — as opposed to the sitcom spin-off — the plot really is that simple: Anal-retentive neatnik Ungar invades Madison's primeval man-cave, and much acrimony ensues. The now-familiar story doesn't require much: a competent reading, a respectful treatment, a soft warm gush of memories of pleasanter times in plusher theaters. Broward Stage Door's production, however — at least in early performances — comes off as overdone. Still, Ken Clement makes a damned good Oscar Madison. Smart, sly, and passionate, his character is a happy and unpretentious mammal, a being who knows what he likes and isn't ashamed to pursue it. And Dan Kelley — who moves and sounds a bit like Conan O'Brien in the middle of a hair-wiggling conniption — is a fine, frenetic Felix Ungar. Brandon K. Thorp