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"Anna" actors hit Miami stages

Two actors with ties to Nilo Cruz's Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics will soon hit Miami stages in Spanish-language productions.

First up, in a Hispanic Theater Guild production at Teatro 8, is Grettel Trujillo.  Along with Daisy Fontao and Lyduan González, Trujillo is starring in Spanish playwright Juan Carlos Rubio's El inconveniente, a comedy about a condo sale that gets delayed because a certain owner refuses to die.  Trujillo played Conchita, a married Cuban cigar worker who becomes passionately involved with the man who reads Leo Tolstoy's Anna Kareninato the workers, in Repertorio Español's New York production of Ana en el trópico (that's Anna in Spanish).

El inconvenientebegins performances at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, and runs through June 21 at Teatro 8, 2101 SW Eighth St. in Miami.  Performances are 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $22.50 and $25 (students pay $15).  Call 305-541-4841 or visit the Teatro 8 web site.

Carlos Orizondo

Carlos Orizondo, another Anna alum (he originated the role of Palomo, Conchita's jealous husband, in the New Theatre world premiere and played it again in a Coconut Grove Playhouse production directed by Cruz), is in rehearsal for another Spanish-language production.  Area Stage Company is mounting Venezuelan playwright Gustavo Ott's Tu ternura Molotov, a play about an urban couple whose lives change when they get a mysterious package from the FBI.  Tamara Melián plays Orizondo's other half.

Area's Carbonell Award-winning artistic director, John Rodaz, is staging the play, which previews at 8:15 p.m. May 22, opens May 23 and runs through June 28.  Performances are 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets are $25 ($40 for couples); on Saturday, single tickets are $30, couples $50.  Students 25 and younger pay $10.

Area Stage is at 1560 S. Dixie Hwy. in Coral Gables.  Call 305-666-2078 or visit the company's web site.

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