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'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.