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'Sonia Flew' at FIU

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Sonia Flew, a.k.a. the final show at the historic Coconut Grove Playhouse before it went into its three-plus-years-and-counting of hibernation, resurfaces tonight at 8 p.m. at Florida International University's Wertheim Performing Arts Center Main Stage.

Melinda Lopez's play is set in two worlds:  the comfortable adulthood of the grown Sonia, a successful public defender in Minneapolis who is shocked by her son's decision to join the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan; and the Cuba the younger Sonia knew when she was sent alone to America on a Pedro Pan flight.

Kat Mareno and Danny Knieves play the younger Sonia and her father Orfeo in the play, which runs Thursday-Saturday and Oct. 1-3 at 8 p.m., Sunday and Oct. 2 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $12 ($10 for senior citizens and FIU faculty, staff, alumni and students). The Wertheim Center is located at 10910 SW 17th St. in Miami.  Call 305-348-0496 or visit the FIU web site for information.

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john manzelli

Last night I had the extreme good fortune of taking a group of college students to see The Glass Menagerie at Broward Stage Door. I have never been to stage door since they went non-union and have (like many in the community) just dismissed them as cheap musical fluff not to be thought of with the Gablestages and Palm Beach Drama Works of the community. Last Night I was completely wrong!
The Glass Menagerie (which has been mostly un-reviewed and playing to 20 or less a night) might be best theatrical production this year. It is certainly the best directed piece of the year. It’s innovative, non-traditional, nuanced, charming, warm and possess a couple of outstanding three dimensional performances. I left the theater so frustrated for the poor actors in it who performed for a dozen paid audiences member. This production should not be ignored. I don’t care for the stage door as a theater entity or its history but truly fine theater should not be missed. It is a shame to miss this production.
Thank you
John Manzelli

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