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Elam schools the audience

Lela_elam_no_child Carbonell Award-winning actress Lela Elam takes on one of the larger challenges of her career in Nilaja Sun's No Child, a 16-character solo show opening Saturday, April 18, at 8 p.m. at GableStage.

Elam plays an artist-turned-teacher at a Bronx high school, a woman hired to direct the usually unruly kids in a production of Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good. The chaos of this experience broadens into life within a public school, including the principal, custodian and an array of students.  Elam plays them all.

No Childwill be at GableStage in the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. in Coral Gables, through May 17.  Performances are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday (no late show April 19). Tickets are $42.50 Friday-Saturday and Sunday matinee, $37.50 other shows.  Call 305-445-1119 or visit GableStage's web site.

GableStage is also partnering with Plantation's Mosaic Theatre, where Winter Miller's play In Darfuris opening tonight, to offer a discount to anyone who wants to see both productions by the Carbonell Award-winning companies.  Anyone who presents a ticket stub from one of the plays can get $5 off on a ticket to the other one.  Visit the web sites for details.