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Monday night live

Most theaters are dark on Monday evening, but on July 21, drama fans have not one but two choices of provocative entertainment.

Williaminge_2 Kevin Johnson's Conundrum Stages, a company dedicated to doing readings of classic plays, is offering a free reading of William Inge's Summer Brave, a rewritten version of his 1953 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Picnic.  In the cast are Ambar Aranaga, Steven Chambers, Carole Cortland, Troy Davidson, Jason DeWitt, Barbara Lowery, Daniel Lugo, Jackie Morgan, Dorothy Morrison, Kim Ostrenko, Stephen Perrot, Michelle Steele and Vanessa Thompson. The reading happens at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Arts at St. John's, 4760 Pine Tree Dr. on Miami Beach.  Call 786-201-7727 for more information.

Debsherman_3 Also Monday, Davie's The Promethean Theatre is offering a one-time-only benefit performance of Juan C. Sanchez's play Red Tide.  The drama about two brothers and the woman who comes between them (she's played by Promethean's artistic director, Deborah L. Sherman) won New Times' award as last season's best new play, and the company is taking it to the Minnesota Fringe Festival July 31-Aug. 10, but that artistic road trip is costly.

The benefit is at 8:30 p.m. Monday in the Black Box Theatre, at the University Center Performing and Visual Arts Wing at Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Ave., Davie.  Admission of $40 gets you preshow drinks from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., the performance and a post-show dessert reception (plus more drinks).

For information, call 786-317-7580 or visit Promethean's web site.