Two trippy pieces of theater aimed at twentysomethings -- Reefer Madness: The Musical and the return of Toners in Time -- arrive in late July to offer alternative versions of getting high on art.
The Alternative Theatre Summer Festival at Florida International University is presenting Reefer Madness: The Musical, the inspired-by-the-movie stage spoof by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney. The hilariously awful 1936 movie, originally titled Tell Your Children, was aimed at warning the young about the dangers of marijuana. Turned into an exploitation film and retitled Reefer Madness, it became a cult classic during the toking '70s, and now a campy musical featuring adult humor, religious parody and scenes suggesting drug use, violence and sex. What's not to like?
Reefer Madness: The Musical previews July 21, opens July 22 and runs through Aug. 9 in DM 150 on the FIU campus at 11200 SW Eighth St. in Miami. Tickets are a wallet-friendly $10 (just $5 for the preview), and performances are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit the festival web site for info.
Also returning for one more trip through time is Toners in Time, featuring the misadventure of reggaeton superstar-wannabes Tito and Che-Frio. The Foryoucansee Theater production sold out (and then some) when it debuted last month at New Theatre, so the Foryoucansee guys (Alex Fumero, Lucas Leyva and Marco Ramirez) are bringing it back July 24-26. The show is crazy funny, costs just $10 to see, and the free Caldas rum and Jupiña cocktails before the show probably make it even funnier.
Catch it at 8 p.m. July 24-25, 7 p.m. July 26 at New Theatre, 4120 Laguna St. in Coral Gables. Get tickets via the Foryoucansee web site.