Maybe it's our ever-shrinking attention spans, our addiction to Vine videos and listicles, or our constant need for instant gratification, but if the thought of sitting silently still for the average 90-minute-plus play complete with intermission and second act has you feeling like pummeling the sweet volunteer usher in front of you and bolting toward the fire exit -- you are not alone. That's why a thing like Shorts Gone Wild 2 is such a beautiful thing. In its second incarnation, the fast-paced night pairs six actors with seven playwrights, five directors, and a handful of designers to create funny, thought-provoking, short, LGBT-themed performances at Empire Stage (1140 N. Flagler Drive, Fort Lauderdale). Shorts Gone Wild 2 kicks off tonight with a run through September 7. Billed as a slightly smaller, northern-county equivalent of Miami's mammoth Summer Shorts Festival, Shorts Gone Wild 2 was started by Summer Shorts Festival's artistic director, John Manzelli, with a focus on gay characters, issues, story lines, and communities. City Theatre and Island City Stage present this effort. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $30. Visit islandcitystage.org, or call 954-519-2533.
Sat., Aug. 16, 8 p.m., 2014