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June 30, 2010

Theater en español

The month-long abundance of Spanish-language theater that is Miami's International Hispanic Theatre Festivalkicks off in the Carnival Studio Theatre at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts next Wednesday.  Another show steeped in Cuban and American culture -- Babalu, Lucie Arnaz's tribute show to dad Desi Arnaz -- opens July 8 at the Arsht's John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall,with Broadway star Raúl Esparza making his first hometown appearance (and doing some singing in Spanish) since taking New York by storm.

Look30_Tenorio_Gal_Hmg But you don't have to wait 'til next week to savor a play en español.

The Hispanic Theater Guild opens its production of José Luis Alonso De Santos' La sombra del Tenorio (Tenorio's Shadow)at 8:30 p.m. Friday.  Starring Marcos Casanova, the play is about an old actor who has spent his life playing the servant in José Zorrilla's play Don Juan Tenorio.  Just once, before he goes, he wants to play the title character. But dreams and reality don't always mesh.

The play runs through July 25 at Teatro 8, 2101 SW Eighth St. in Miami.  Performances are 8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday.  For info, call 305-541-4841 or visit the theater's web site.

(El Nuevo Herald photo by Hector Gabino)

June 15, 2010

Young talent shines

Florida Atlantic University kicks off its 2010 Festival Repertory Theatre on Saturday with an ode to the great Broadway songs, And the Tony Goes To...Celebrating 60 Years of Broadway's Best Musicals.  Professional actors Bruce Linser and Laura Wayth join FAU faculty and grad students in a revue featuring music from South Pacific, Man of La Mancha, Cats and more

The show runs through July 22 in repertory with A Midsummer Night's Dream (which opens June 25) and Donald Margulies' Shipwrecked! An Entertainment -- The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (that family-friendly show opens July 9). The productions play the Studio One theater on the FAU campus, 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton -- though the revue also has a few performances in Mizner Park on July 9, July 17 and July 23 at 8 p.m.

Ticket prices to the Festival Rep shows are $20 ($15 for students and seniors, with discounts for packages, groups and FAU students, faculty and alumni).  For info, call 1-800-564-9539, or to see the complete performance schedule visit the FAU events web site.

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Another young-talent showcase takes place Saturday at 3 p.m. The Wonderful World of Conundrum Stages: Forever Young is a variety show featuring talented teens, with kids from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties showing what they can do as actors, singers, musicians and dancers.  Admission is free, and the show happens at the Broward County South Regional Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines.  Call 954-201-8849 or e-mail conundrumstages@yahoo.com for info.

June 10, 2010

New Theatre sets its new season

Ricky j Living up to its motto/mission -- "New Voices - New Works & The Classics" -- Coral Gables' New Theatre has revealed four of the six plays planned for its 25th anniversary 2010-2011 season.

Artistic director Ricky J. Martinez kicks off the lineup with the theater's traditional end-of-summer Shakespeare production, this year The Tempest, which runs from Aug. 27-Sept. 26.

Next is Fizz by the terrific Rogelio Martinez.  The comedy about the failure of the "New" Coke runs Oct. 8-Nov. 7.  A still-to-be chosen production runs Nov. 19-Dec. 19, then Shirley Lauro's The Radiant, a play about the life of Marie Curie, gets its world premiere Jan. 14-Feb. 13.

Another TBA slot is Feb. 25-March 27, then the season ends with a production of Tennessee Williams' American classic A Streetcar Named Desire April 8-May 8.

New Theatre is located at 4120 Laguna St. Five-play flexible subscriptions are $165 or get six plays for $180. For more info on the company and its new season, phone 305-443-5909 or visit its web site.

June 09, 2010

'No Child' makes a brief return

LelaLela Elam won justifiable acclaim for her portrayal of 16 characters -- students, teachers, family, an administrator, a security guard, an elderly custodian -- when she performed Nilaja Sun's No Child at GableStage a little over a year ago. 

As part of its educational programming, the theater is presenting a one-time-only return of Elam in No Child at 5 p.m. this Sunday at Florida Memorial University's Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts, 15800 NW 42nd Ave. in Miami Gardens.

And the best part: The performance is free.

The Carbonell Award-winning Elam is an inventive, chameleonic actor who clearly defines each person in the world of Sun's sometimes funny, ultimately moving play.  With all the bad education news -- teacher and staff layoffs, FCAT delays -- Sun's play and Elam remind us of the magic that can happen when teachers and students truly connect.

For info, call the GableStage box office at 305-445-1119 or visit the theater's web site.

June 04, 2010

Hispanic Fest turns 25

3422992_XXV - IHTF - 10.Gatomaquia.Photo2.by G.Castagnelllo.UruguayThe International Hispanic Theatre Festival, Miami's annual celebration of the plays, playwrights and artists from the Spanish-speaking theater world, turns 25 this year.  To mark that special anniversary, Teatro Avante founder and artistic director Mario Ernesto Sánchez -- the actor/director whose determination has kept the festival going all these years -- has planned a more extensive lineup than usual, as well as a special tribute to the theater of Mexico.

As in recent years, most of the performances take place either in the Carnival Studio Theater at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., or at Teatro Prometeo on Miami Dade College's Wolfson campus, 300 NE Second Ave. in downtown Miami.  With a few exceptions (some supertitles, a play in Portuguese), most of this year's shows will be performed in Spanish, with most evening performances at 8:30 p.m.  Here's what's on the lineup, which begins July 7 and ends Aug. 1.

The festival kicks off July 7-9 at the Arsht with Amarillo, a piece by Teatro Línea de Sombra from Mexico City. Más pequeños que el Guggenheim, a play by Mexico's Alejandro Ricaño, runs July 8-9 at Prometeo. Miami's Teatro Prometeo presents Filo al fuego, the Spanish-language version (with English supertitles) of Oliver Mayer's Blade to the Heat, at its space July 9-10. Ramón del Valle-Inclán's Divinas palabras, from the Spanish company Atalya, runs July 10-11 at the Arsht.

3256923_XXV - IHTF - 8.El Rey que no oia pero escuchaba.Photo1.MexicoThe Brazilian company Oco Teatro Laboratório presents Luis Alberto Alonso and Tiago Chaves' Os sonhos de Segismundo (in Portuguese with Spanish supertitles) July 14-16 at the Arsht. Uruguay's Nidia Telles brings Julio César Castro's Gracias por todo July 16-18 at Prometeo. Spain's Albanta presents Arístede Vargas' Flores arrancadas a la niebla July 17-18 at the Arsht.

On the bill for the free International Children's Day July 18 , held in two locations, are Perla Szchumaker's El rey que no oÏa, pero escuchaba from Mexico's Seña y Verbo Teatro de Sordos (at Miami Dade College's InterAmerican Campus, 627 SW 27th Ave., Miami) and Carola García's Versado, el andarín cuentero: de cómo la Princesa Oma acabó con la guerra by Consejo Artístico de Puerto Rico (at the North Shore Park and Youth Center, 501 72nd St., Miami Beach).  The Children's Day events happen from 2 to 8 p.m.

Later in the festival come Lope de Vega's Gatomaquia by Uruguay's La Cuarta (July 21-23 at the Arsht), Francisco Hinojosa's Los niños perdidos by Mexico's El Fenix Producciones (July 23-24 at Prometeo), Juan Francisco Sánchez Brkic's Pedro de Valdivia: la gesta inconclusa from Chile's Tryo Teatro Banda (July 24-25 at the Arsht), Claudio Tolcachir's Tercer cuerpo by Argentina's Timbre 4 (July 30-31 at Pometeo). The festival closes Aug. 1 with Teatro Aveante's production of Guillermo Schmidhuber's Por las tierras de Colón (in Spanish with English supertitles).

The festival also includes a photography exhibit, staged readings, a video presentation, an educational conference and presentation of a lifetime achievement award to Mexico's José "Pepe'' Solé. Tickets at the Arsht are $28.75, at Prometeo $25; seniors, students and disabled theatergoers get $5 off at both venues. For information, call Teatro Avante at 305-445-8877 or visit the company's web site.