Stage Door: Modern Families Featured on Silver Screen
Two new feature films opening in South Florida put the focus on the dynamics of dysfunctional modern families:
In the Family, opening May 6 at Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, follows the shock felt by Chip Hines, a six-year-old who has only known life in Martin, Tennessee with his two dads, Cody and Joey, played by director Patrick Wang. But when Cody is suddenly killed in a car accident, both Chip and Joey struggle to find their footing, especially when they discover Cody left custody of Chip to his sister. Years of seeming acceptance unravel as Chip is taken from the home and Joey must find a way to get his son back, even though the law is not on his side. Critic Roger Ebert gave this touching film four stars.
Kathleen Turner, Richard Chamberlain and Jason Ritter headline, The Perfect Family, opening May 11 at the AMC Aventura 24 and AMC Sunset Place West Palm Beach - Mos' Art Theatre in Lake Park. Turner plays suburban mom and devout Catholic Eileen Cleary, a woman who has always kept up appearances, especially now that she's nominated for the Catholic Woman of the Year title. When her nonconformist family must be interviewed by the selection committee, including her lesbian daughter (Emily Deschanel), Eileen realizes she can no longer overlook their issues.
Out actress and comedian Lily Tomlin returns to South Florida for one night only, Sunday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Tomlin became a household name on Rowan & Martin's Laugh In, portraying silly characters like Ernestine the telephone switchboard operator, the precocious five year old Edith An, and Mrs. Judith Beasly, "the tasteful lady" who dispenses advice on gracious living. And of course, she was unforgettable in Nine to Five as she and coworkers Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton exacted revenge on their monstrous boss. Tickets are $30-80 at ArshtCenter.org.
Strike Up the Band
The Greater Miami Symphonic Band will take audiences on a musical journey to the Wild West on Tuesday, May 8 at Gusman Concert Hall on the campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables. Conductors Robert Longfield and Thomas Keck will lead the 85 musicians in "The Cowboys" by John Williams, "On The Trail" from Ferde Grofe's "Grand Canyon Suite," John Philip Sousa's march "Daughters of Texas" and Aaron Copland's famous "Hoedown" from the ballet, "Rodeo." Tickets for the concert are $15 at GMSB.org or at the Gusman Concert Hall box office on the night of the performance.