Sun and fun go hand in hand with top-quality live performances in the Florida Keys. Just check some of these out.
For more than 35 years, the Key Players community theater group in Key Largo has brought entertainment to residents and visitors.
Productions include "The Fox on the Fairway," a tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and '40s. The production takes spectators on a hilarious romp that pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Performances are scheduled through Feb. 15.
Shows are staged at Key Largo's Lions Club, mile marker 99 oceanside. For details and show times, visit www.thekeyplayers.org or call 453-0997.
The Marathon Community Theatre began as a small community group in 1944 and garners its performers from a talented pool of local residents.
The Middle Keys playhouse presents a reading of "Love, Loss, and What I Wore," written by Nora and Delia Ephron, at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. The funny and poignant show presents stories about matters of the heart (and closet).
The spring theatrical roster also includes "9 to 5: The Musical," based on the 1980 hit movie with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. The tale focuses on an overworked office manager, a jilted wife and an objectified secretary who conspire against their objectionable boss to make positive changes. The show runs from March 13 to April 12.
The theater is at mile marker 49.5 oceanside. For information and a full schedule of productions, visit www.marathontheater.org or call 743-0994.
- Key West's Red Barn Theatre presents "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," running through March 1. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for best play, this is a hilarious spoof of siblings whose movie star sister visits them with her "boy toy."
Later that month, the theater is to stage "Clybourne Park," a comedy whose two outrageous acts are set 50 years apart and detail the unexpected evolution of a neighborhood. Performances are scheduled from March 25 through April 26.
The theater is at 319 Duval St. For information and a complete schedule of productions, visit www.redbarntheatre.com or 296-9911.
- Organized shortly after the beginning of World War II, the Key West Players presents its shows at the island's Waterfront Playhouse.
- Running March 4 to 29, the Waterfront Playhouse presents the musical "Xanadu." Described as "an over-the-top roller-skating musical," the play features a lovely muse who descends from Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, Calif., and winds up inspiring a struggling artist to create the first roller disco.
The Waterfront Playhouse is at 310 Wall St., adjacent to Mallory Square. For more information and a complete season schedule, go to visit www.waterfrontplayhouse.org or call 294-5015.
- The eclectic Key West Fringe Theater presents a lively season with "immersion" performances in various non-theater settings chosen to complement each production.
Fringe Theater is also bringing back "Conch Republic (The Musical!)." The musical comedy recounts the Florida Keys' April 1982 "secession" from the United States and creation of the independent Conch Republic. Scheduled at 8 p.m. April 25 to 27, the popular musical is to take place at Key West's San Carlos Institute, located at 516 Duval St.
For more information and a full schedule, visit www.keywestfringe.org or call (786) 529-2281.