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