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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)