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For Miami's Spanish speakers, tres obras del teatro

Director John Rodaz and producer Maria Banda-Rodaz get their new company, TeatroAreaStage, off and running this weekend with Friday's gala opening of Se quieren, a play by Pierre Palmade and Muriel Robin.  Carlos Cruz and Marisol Calero star in the Rodaz-directed comedy about marital discord, a show that will get a long run through March 1 in the company's new digs at 1560 Dixie Hwy. in Coral Gables.  Performances are 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday; tickets are $20 and $30.  Call 305-666-2078 or visit the theater's web site.

Se quieren, however, is just one of three about-to-open productions aimed at South Florida's vast audience of Spanish speakers.


At Teatro en Miami Studio, artistic director Ernesto Garcia is opening Enema, his verse play (featuring Leandro Peraza and Anniamary Martinez) about an artist determined to create a different kind of theater in the 18th century.  The play, which opens at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the company's space at 2500 SW Eighth St. in Little Havana, is performed in Spanish, but Teatro en Miami is also reaching out for the first time to non-Spanish speakers by supplying English translation (via subtitles) as the action unfolds.  Performances are at 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday through April 25, and tickets are just $20. Call 305-551-7473 or visit the theater's web site.

7_Juan_Diego_Rodriguez_for_Defendiendo_al_cavernicola Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is getting back into the Spanish-language theater biz after last summer's Celia and Miami Libre with Defendiendo al cavernicola, a translated/adapted version of Rob Becker's enduringly popular Broadway solo show Defending the Caveman.  Guatemalan actor Juan Diego Rodriguez shares Becker's observations about the obvious, humorous differences between men and women when the show plays the Arsht's Carnival Studio Theater at 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Feb. 4-15.  Performances are 7:30 p.m.nightly except Monday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.  Tickets are $45 and $50.  Call 305-949-6722 or visit the Arsht web site.