Don Knotts’ land­ing

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The ap­ple didn’t fall far from the tree in the case of the late comedic ac­tor Don Knotts and his daugh­ter Karen.

Knotts, a standup co­me­dian, is bring­ing her onewoman trib­ute to her father, “Tied Up in Knotts,” to­day and Satu­day to the Boca Black Box Cen­ter for the Arts.

Don Knotts shot to fame as Bar­ney Fife in the sit­com “The Andy Grif­fith Show,” co-star­ring as the jit­tery and i ncom­pe­tent deputy through­out the se­ries’ 1960-’68 run. He par­layed that per­sona into roles in hit movies such as “The In­cred­i­ble Mr. Limpit,” “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken,” “The Shaki­est Gun in the West” and “The Ap­ple Dumpling Game” through­out the ’60s and ’70s. He re­turned to the sit­com field with “Three’s Com­pany” from 1979 to 1984. He and Tim Con­way pro­vided voices for the chil­dren’s video se­ries “Her­mie and Friends” from 2003 un­til Knotts’ death in 2006.

Karen, who is also a li­brar­ian liv­ing in North Hol­ly­wood, Calif., re­cently dis­cussed her show with South­ The fol­low­ing is a con­densed and edited ver­sion of that in­ter­view.

What is it you are try­ing to ac­com­plish with “Tied Up in Knotts”?

What I’m try­ing to get across is what my father was like as a per­son and my re­la­tion­ship with him. And it’s also a ret­ro­spec­tive of his work as a per­former.

How­did this show come about?

It was 2006 be­fore I re­ally started fo­cus­ing on a onewoman show. He knew I was go­ing to do that. We had talked about it. You know, he passed away un­ex­pect­edly. He got lung can­cer. Once you get that, you pass along rather quickly. Later on, I started think­ing about re­lat­ing all the things that were unique and in­ter­est­ing and won­der­ful about [grow­ing up] with him. At first, I didn’t think it was that good, to be hon­est. I just kept work­ing at it. I had one gig ev­ery year, the May­berry Days fes­ti­val in Laud­erdale. 866-811-4111, pigs­d­ofly­pro­duc­ 8 pm Fri., Sat., Thu.; 5 pm Sun. $35. Cur­tains! Mu­si­cal com­edy mur­der mys­tery. Through March 27. Wick Theatre, 7901N. Fed. Hwy., Boca Raton., 561-995-2333. 7:30 pm Thu.-Sat.; 2 pm Sat., Sun., Wed., Thu. $65$70. The Devil’s Mu­sic: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith Mu­si­cal, through March 26. Arts Garage, 180 NE First St., Del­ray Beach. 561-450-6357, arts­ 7:30 pm Fri., Wed., Thu.; 2, 8 pm Sat.; 2 pm Sun. $30-$45. 50 Shades of Hil­lary Satire, opens Fri. Co­ral Springs Cen­ter for the Arts, 2855 Co­ral Springs Dr. 954-344-5990, coral­springs­cen­ter­fort­ 7:30 pm Fri., Sat.; 2 pm Sun. $39.22+.

“Tied up in Knotts”

When: To­day and Satur­day Where: Boca Black Box Cen­ter for the Arts, 8221 Glades Road, in Boca Raton Cost: $25 and $35 Con­tact: 561-483-9036 or Bo­ca­Black­ North Carolina. My show kept sell­ing out. Af­ter a while of per­form­ing, word of mouth got around, and I started get­ting a lot of book­ings.

Has the show changed much since you premiered it dur­ing that fes­ti­val?

Ev­ery show I do is some­what dif­fer­ent. The show I’m do­ing now they haven’t seen at the May­berry fes­ti­val. It’s re­ally evolved since I started do­ing it in 2007. It’s al­most un­rec­og­niz­able from that show.

What ex­actly is in the show?

It’s sto­ries, jokes and me show­ing pic­tures and videos of what he did. To start, it’s very chrono­log­i­cal. His child­hood in Mor­gan­town, W.V., and then how he went into the Army. Then, he mar­ried, moved to New York. I go into the whole live TV­days. He­was right in Kinky Boots Mu­si­cal, through Sun. Broward Au-Rene, 201SW 5th Ave., Fort Laud­erdale. 954462-0222, browardcen­ 8 pm Fri.; 2, 8 pm Sat.; 1pm Sun. $35-$125. MySon the Waiter: AJewish Tragedy Com­edy, through March 27. Plaza Theatre, 262 S. Ocean Blvd., Manala­pan. the­p­lazathe­ 7:30 pm Thu.-Sat.; 2 pm Sat., Sun. $40-$65. Orig­i­nal Florida Fol­lies “A Brand New Day.” 2 pm Sun. Parker Play­house, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Laud­erdale. 954-462-0222, the­o­rig­i­nalfloridafol­ $28. Pas­sion Zoetic Stage. Drama, through Sun. Ar­sht Cen­ter, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Mi­ami. 305-9496722, ar­sht­cen­ 7:30 pm Fri., Sat. $50. Ro­mance Ro­mance Slow Burn the thick of that whole scene, the Golden Era of tele­vi­sion com­edy. I show some clips that most peo­ple have never seen: Steve Allen, Red Skel­ton I act out char­ac­ters I’m talk­ing about. And I go into my par­ents get­ting di­vorced and when he left “The Andy Grif­fith Show” and things slow down. But then, they pick right back up again when he’s go­ing into his movie ca­reer.

Many peo­ple may not re­al­ize that your father and Andy Grif­fith met on the New York stage.

He and Andy met do­ing the show “No Time for Sergeants” on Broad­way. The con­nec­tion he formed with Andy Grif­fith was lifechang­ing.

And years later, he and Andy teamed up again for the TV se­ries.

In L.A., there was this pi­lot about a small-town sher­iff. By then, their paths had kind of taken their lives apart. But dad called [Grif­fith] up and sug­gested he needed a deputy in this new show.

What would you like to do with this show?

I would love to do the show on Broad­way. I don’t know if any­one sees it as hav­ing that mass ap­peal. For me, it’s very much a baby boomer show. Theatre Com­pany, mu­si­cal. Aven­tura Arts & Cul­tural Cen­ter, 3385 NE188th St. 305-466-8002, aven­tu­ra­cen­ 8 pm Fri., Sat.; 2 pm Sun. $40, $45. Toruk – The First Flight Cirque de Soleil. through Sun. at AA Arena, 601Bis­cayne Blvd., Mi­ami. 786-777-1000, or Tick­et­mas­ter. 3:30, 7:30 pm Fri. & Sat.; 1, 5 pm Sun. $43+-$120+. The Vi­o­let Hour Outré Theatre Com­pany. Drama, opens Fri. Broward Abdo New River Room, 201SW Fifth Ave., Fort Laud­erdale. 954-462-0222, browardcen­ 8 pm Fri., Sat.; 2 pm Sun. $30. What’s NewPussy­cat Mu­si­cal, through March 27. Stage Door Theatre, 8036 W. Sam­ple Rd., Mar­gate 954-344-7765, stage­doorthe­ 8 pm Fri., Sat.; 2 Through the ’60s and ’70s … my dad’s ca­reer weaves in and out of all those time pe­ri­ods. So [his ca­reer] ref­er­ences a lot of things from

pm Sat., Sun., Wed. $38-$42.


Art of Mur­der Mys­tery, through Sat. Boyn­ton Beach Play­house, 145 SE 2nd Ave. 561-301-5404. 8 pm Fri., Sat. $20. Bet­ter Than Money The Play­group, LLC. Com­edy, through Sun. Sugar Sand Park Wil­low Theatre, 300 S. Mil­i­tary Trail, Boca Raton. 8 pm Fri., Sat.; 2 pm Sun. 561-3473948, wil­lowthe­ $25. From Door to Door Op­por­tu­nity The­ater. Com­edy, opens Sat. Soref JCC, 6501W. Sun­rise Blvd., Plan­ta­tion. 954-609-7153. 2, 8 pm Sat.; 4:30 pm Sun. In­herit the Wind Drama, through Sun. Lake Worth Play­house, 713 Lake Ave. 561-5866410, lake­worth­play­ 8 pm Fri., Sat.; 2 pm Sat., Sun. $29, all those decades. Peo­ple in their 30s and 40s know him from “Three’s Com­pany.” His ca­reer was so long and em­bed­ded in the cul­ture. $35. Lov­ing Frank The­ater troupe Words…Alive!, drama. 1pm Thu. North Re­gional/Broward Col­lege Li­brary, 1100 Co­conut Creek Blvd., Co­conut Creek. 954-201-2600. $5. Young Franken­stein Mu­si­cal, through March 20. River of Grass Arts Park, Katz The­ater, 17195 Sheri­dan St., Pem­broke Pines. 954-437-4884, pp­ 8 pm Fri., Sat.; 2 pm Sat., Sun. $15-$25.


The P-Word Drama. 7:30 pm Wed. FAU Par­lia­ment Hall, 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton. 800-5649539, $10.


Karen Knotts stars in “Tied Up in Knotts,” a one-woman show about her father, Don Knotts.

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