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Fans of Neil Simon, Mae West and lovers of laughter and music will be particularly pleased with the Plaza Theatre’s announcement of its 2013/2014 season lineup.

“We have an exciting and diverse season planned to run from October 2013 to March 2014 at the Plaza Theatre,” said Alan Jacobson, producing director of the Plaza Theatre. “There are three comedies and three musicals scheduled, with three of the shows having never been performed in Palm Beach County before.”

Fan favorite Brighton Beach Memoirs – a semi-autobiographical hit written by the beloved Neil Simon – is a coming-of-age story that revolves around a teenage boy living with his big, loud family in a crowded Brooklyn apartment circa 1973. Show runs October 10-27, 2013.

You don’t have to be good to go see Ain’t Misbehavin, November 7-24. Depicting Harlem in the 1930s with all of its soulful charm, Fats Waller is brought to life with his legendary music.

Bring your soul mate to I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change December 5-22. This musical will take you from date to mate with babies and in-laws thrown in for good measure.

Make sure you eat a healthy dinner before seeing My Life on a Diet (Jan. 16 – Feb. 9, 2014). Renee Taylor, of both Broadway and Hollywood fame, will take you on a journey as she struggles with weight loss, all the while enjoying some big belly laughs.

Next up is RAGS, a classic musical about the struggles of immigration. A native Russian arrives at Ellis Island with her son, a dream and not much more (Feb. 20 – March 16).

Come up and see Dirty Blonde sometime – specifically, between March 27 and April 13. Two obsessed Mae West fans meet in an unusual place, West’s gravesite, and then …

“Seeing a show at The Plaza Theatre is like having a performance in your living room,” Jacobson said. “It is an extremely inviting and intimate space, and your viewing and emotional experience are heightened by your proximity to the actors.”

The Plaza Theatre is located at 262 S Ocean Blvd. in Manalapan. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (561) 588-1820 or visit www.theplazatheatre.net.

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