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M Ensemble swats at Stowe

IAintYoUncle1 On the menu of shows opening all over South Florida this week, M Ensemble is serving up the stereotype-busting I Ain't Yo Uncle: The New Jack Revisionist Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Robert Alexander's biting satire is a confrontation between abolitionist author Harriet Beecher Stowe and some of her famous novel's characters, including Uncle Tom, Topsy and Eliza.  The charge:  Not only did Stowe offer up stereotypes, but she also failed to get the characters' story right.

Jerry Maple Jr. directs Dominick Daniel, Curtis Allen, Carey Hart, Rosemary Cipolla, Latrice M. Bruno, John Wendell, Brian McCormack, Viviene Dawson, Loye Hawkins, Brandiss Seward, Dyani Batcheller and Barry Edleson in the play, which runs through May 10.

M Ensemble, one of the region's oldest theater companies, is at 12320 W. Dixie Hwy. in North Miami.  Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday.  Tickets are $30 for Thursday's opening night show and party, $25 for other performances ($20 seniors and students).  Call 305-899-2217 or visit M Ensemble's web site

(Photo of Dominick Daniel, Curtis Allen, Carey Hart and Rosemary Cipolla as Harriet Beecher Stowe by Deborah Gray Mitchell).