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One night only

In South Florida's theater world, hope and talent spring eternal, despite the financial hard times that have imperiled or sunk several key companies.  New troupes spring up, hoping to become an ongoing part of what the region's theater has to offer.  Two of them have one-night events scheduled on Monday and Tuesday this week.

Tonight at 7:30, the new Our Stage Theatre Company debuts with a piece called Short Play Soiree.  High school alumni and current students from Miami's New World School of the Arts are behind the effort, and the requested $10 donation for admission will benefit Jackson Memorial Hospital's Art Cares program.  The collaborative program features company members Maite Christi Francois, Nile Harris, Armando Santana, Crystal Ferreiro, Julio Maxwell, Jaime Bernard, David Zaldivar, Brianna Hart, Krystal Ortiz and Sandi Besen.  The show goes on at GableStage in the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables.  Visit the GableStage web site for info.

(Also at GableStage, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, Carbonell Award-winning actor and New World professor David Kwiat will share his poetry.  That event is free.)

PhotoThe other event this week is a staged reading ofDog Sees God: Adventures of a Teenage Blockhead. Members of the new Outré Theatre Company.  Bert V. Royal's hard-hitting play may remind you of a popular, long-running comic strip featuring cute kids and a dog, but these characters are teens with every problem those years can bring.  Mike Westrich, Patrick Rodriguez, Clay Cartland, Kaitlyn O'Neill, Josh Harding, Christina Groom and Ann Marie Olson are in the cast.

The performance at 8 p.m. Tuesday is part of Conundrum Stages' reading series at Empire Stage, 1130 N. Flagler Dr., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.  Learn more at the Outré web site.

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