Learn to Act

Rising Action Theatre is a stage in a strip mall. But it’s got pizzazz. Off Oakland Park Boulevard, the little joint’s most recent production is a tripped-out remake of Reefer Madness, complete with baby-selling and bloody murder and hazy-green lighting. And last year, it staged Flora the Red Menace, which premiered in 1965 and gave Liza Minelli her start, playing a Depression-era commie. Since Rising Action’s a gay establishment, it often grapples with gay subjects — covering over the years everything from Judy Garland to the gay victims of Hitler.

The Actors Workshop of South Florida, now getting underway at Rising Action Theatre, is an eight-week acting course. It’s for people seeking a career in acting or better public speaking skills or less peeing-in-the-pants shyness or a fun time. And really, who doesn’t need that?

The workshop starts Monday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Rising Action Theatre (840 E. Oakland Park, Fort Lauderdale) and goes for eight weeks. It costs $150. To register and for more info, call 954-421-7469, or e-mail theactorsworkshop.org.
Mondays, 6:30 p.m. Starts: April 19. Continues through June 7, 2010

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