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Laugh and learn

Pie If you're on the fence about going to Mad Cat's one-night-only performance of Shepherd's Pie tonight, maybe this picture by director-coauthor Paul Tei (Ivonne Azurdia is the other playwright) will inspire you to get your Irish on.

The South Beach Comedy Festival performance features Azurdia, Sofia Citarella, Amy McKenna, Todd Allen Durkin, Erik Fabregat and Betsy Graver. (Durkin, Fabregat and Graver will soon reteam in GableStage's production of Sarah Kane's shattering, controversial Blasted.)

Shepherd's Pie, though, is strictly for laughs, as an Irish theater troupe tours America to teach a nation of fair-weather Irishmen the real story of St. Patrick.

Tickets are $30 ($50 for VIP seating), and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach.  Visit Mad Cat's web site, call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or buy tickets on Live Nation's site.