A Dinner Date That Won't Put You to Sleep

'Tis the season for painfully awkward family dinners. Avoid having to make small talk about Uncle Ed's colonoscopy by moving the meal to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and letting someone else control the conversation. Laffing Matterz kicks off its new season on Thursday. The comedic dinner theater tackles a range of topics, from the latest political scandal to the social-media phenomenon and assorted pop-culture absurdities. Performances -- which include a preshow dinner and drinks -- are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. on select Sundays (including this Sunday) through May 12 at the Broward Center, located at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Doors open 15 minutes prior to ticket time. Tickets cost $59 and $65. Call 954-462-0222, or visit laffingmatterz.com.
Thu., Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., 2012
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Tricia Woolfenden