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Mad Cat headed for South Beach comedy fest in Tei play

Miami's Mad Cat Theatre Company, which revived its show Shepherd's Pie at last year's South Beach Comedy Festival, is returning to the 2011 festival with a new play by company founder Paul Tei. Tei, winner of multiple Carbonell Awards and an actor with recurring roles on two TV series (USA's Burn Notice and Disney's Zeke & Luther), will draw on two other talents for Mad Cat's comedy fest show, writing and directing The Preservation Society.

The comedy focuses on Polly Chekhov, a California comedy writer who comes home to Hollywood, Fla., for her grandma's wake.  Strange distractions, however, keep her from making progress on a eulogy.

In the cast are Melissa Almaguer, Sofia Citarella, Tiffany Hanan Madera, Betsy Graver, Troy Davidson, Margaret Prusner, Ricky Waugh and Tei's parents, Anne and Pio.

The Preservation Society will get two performances, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. March 4 at Backstage at the Fillmore, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach.  Tickets are $31 ($67 for VIP tickets).  For info, visit the Mad Cat or South Beach Comedy Festival web sites.