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4 posts from November 2010

November 16, 2010

A play about identity

SheheThinking Cap Productions, a Fort Lauderdale company whose aim is to present socially conscious experimental work, has a provocative new play running at the Wine Cellar Restaurant through Saturday, which happens to be the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Written by Nick Mwaluko and directed by Nicole Stoddard, S/HE is a piece about the personal journey of a man living in a woman's body.

Performances of the show are at 8 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  Dinner precedes the show at 7 p.m., and the cost for the meal and performance is $32.50 (server's tip not included).

The Wine Cellar is at 199 E. Oakland Park Blvd. in Oakland Park.  For info, call 1-813-220-1546 or visit the Smarttix web site.

(Arsimmer McCoy and Damian Robinson pictured in Richard Viola photo)

November 08, 2010

Humana Fest taps Ramirez

Marco11_ramirez_sunday_ntb Marco Ramirez, the South Florida playwright who's currently a writer on the FX television series Sons of Anarchy, is no stranger to the Humana Festival of New American Plays, that annual spring gathering at Actors Theatre of Louisville (ATL) that remains one of the top new play showcases in American theater.  He has had two short plays -- I Am Not Batman and 3:59 a.m.: a drag race for two actors -- produced during past festivals, and both won him the prestigious  Heideman Award.

ATL has just unveiled the lineup for its 35th annual Humana Fest, which runs Feb. 27-April 17, and Ramirez is part of it.  Along with playwrights Dan Dietz, Jennifer Haley, Allison Moore and A. Rey Patamat, he has been commissioned to write a piece titled The End for ATL's 22-actor apprentice company.  Thematically, the piece will explore the apocalypse and what might come after.

Also part of the 2011 Humana Fest are six full-length world premiere plays: Adam Rapp's The Edge of Our Bodies (about a 16-year-old on the way to New York to share big news with her boyfriend), Peter Sinnn Nachtrieb's BOB (about the life journey of a kid born in a White Castle bathroom), Anne Washburn's A Devil at Noon (a "trippy" play about living in the world of the imagination), Jordan Harrison's Maple and Vine  (about two people who give themselves over to 1950s reenactors), Molly Smith Metzler's Elemeno Pea (about sisters whose lives have sharply diverged) and Patamat's Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (about an isolated brother and sister).  A program of 10-minute plays will include Marc Bamuthi Joseph's Chicago, Sudan.

At special getaway weekends for locals, college students and theater professionals, you can see all the plays in just three days (with the exception of the 10-minute program, which is presented April 2-3 only).   Single tickets start at $23, and they go on sale Friday.  For info, visit the ATL web site.



November 03, 2010

On campus

The theater season is getting busier this week and next at colleges and universities all over South Florida.

Senor_Andy_549_ret Opening Thursday at Florida International University:  Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Rent, in a production directed by FIU alum (and former Rent star) Andy Señor, who played the show's Angel on Broadway and on tour.  The musical runs through Nov. 21 at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center on the campus at 11200 SW Eighth St., Miami.  Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets are $20 ($18 for seniors, faculty, staff and non-FIU students, $15 for FIU students).  For info, call 305-348-0496 or visit the FIU theater site.

Next week brings three more productions.  First, the Douglas Hughes version of Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler opens Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre on the University of Miami Hedda campus, 1312 Miller Dr., Coral Gables.  The play runs through Nov. 20 with performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.  Tickets are $8-$25.  Call 305-285-3355 or visit the Ring's web page.

A production of Federico García Lorca's Bodas de sangre (Blood Wedding), directed by professor (and INTAR founder/former artistic director) Max Ferrá, opens Nov. 12 on the north campus of Miami Dade College, where it runs through Nov. 21.  Performances by the college's Actor's Arena program are in Spanish, and they happen at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday -- with admission free for all.  Call 305-237-1198 for info.

Jim Leonard's The Diviners, a play about a disenchanted preacher and a traumatized boy, also opens Nov. 12 and runs through Nov. 21 in the Studio One Theatre at Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton.  Performances are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.  Tickets are $20 ($12 for students, faculty, staff, alumni and children under 12).  For info, call 1-800-564-9539 or visit the FAU site.

November 01, 2010

'Something' alternative this way comes

SSUA-ImageExiled Iranian playwright Assurbanipal Babilla creates the kinds of plays that, were it not for the passion of a director like Michael Yawney, would probably never see the lights of a stage in South Florida.  Alternative, wildly risky theater is a rare thing in these parts.

But beginning Friday and running through Nov. 21, Yawney and performer Matthew Glass will take audiences into Babilla's world with their production of Something Something Uber Alles at Miami Dade College's North Campus.  Be prepared.

The play is a dark comedy about what happens when a regular guy figures out he's a Hitler lookalike.  A pair of gay pastry chefs take him to the underground "cathedral" of a Hitler-worshipping cult and proceed to idolize him. 

Yawney and Glass previously worked together on the Camposition productions of The BugChasers and Yawney's 1,000 Homosexuals.  And Yawney earlier directed another Babilla play -- Three Angels Dancing on a Needle -- here.

Performances of Something Something are at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at the Arts Center black box in Bldg. 5 at MDC North, 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami. Admission is a suggested donation of $15 (free for MDC students with ID).  Call 954-260-6291 or email uberalles@me.com for info.