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A reading here, awards there

Accomp00_gable_wknd_gs_2 If you're not busy tonight, head on over to GableStage for the staged reading of Donald T. Beldock's play Marlowe.  Directed by John Soliday, the reading features several performers from GableStage's current production of The Accomplices -- Jessica K. Peterson, Kevin Reilley and Wayne LeGette (in photo at right), plus Howard Elfman and Gregg Weiner -- as well as Stephen Neal and Ricky Waugh.  Beldock's script stems from the theory that tragedian Christopher Marlowe faked his own death and then resumed writing under another well-known name: William Shakespeare.

The free reading is at 7:30 p.m., and Beldock will be on hand to participate in a discussion afterwards.  GableStage is in the Biltmore Hotel at 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables.  For more info, call the box office at 305-445-1119 or visit the GableStage web site.

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Osage_2 The 53rd annual Drama Desk Awards were handed out in New York on Sunday, and to no one's surprise, Tracy Letts' tumultuous (and darkly funny) Pulitzer Prize-winning August: Osage County was named outstanding play.  Deanna Dunagan, who plays the clan's viper of a matriarch, was chosen best actress, and Anna D. Shapiro got the best director honor for staging Letts' play.  Chances are all three will take home the Tony Award as well.

Other Drama Desk winners likely to repeat at the Tonys are South Pacific as outstanding musical revival and director Bartlett Sher for his staging of it, Paulo Szot (the show's Emile) as outstanding actor in a musical, Patti LuPone as outstanding actress in a musical for Gypsy, and her costars Boyd Gaines and Laura Benanti as outstanding featured actor and actress in a musical.

Passing Strange, an experimental rock-driven musical by writer-performer-composer Stew (just the one name, Stew) and fellow composer Heidi Rodewald, won the Drama Desk honors for outstanding musical, oustanding lyrics and outstanding music.  And while it is very much an award-worthy show, don't expect it to take home the Tonys.  Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights, which was eligible for the Drama Desk Awards last season during its Off-Broadway run, is the new musical to beat at this year's Tonys.

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