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Theater in the Gables

GableStage, Actors' Playhouse and New Theatre are the go-to professional theaters in arts-supportive Coral Gables, but two companies featuring young talent expand options for anyone who can't get enough theater.

The University of Miami's Jerry Herman Ring Theatre has just announced its 2010-2011 season, a terrific mix of classics and musicals both recent and vintage.  The lineup kicks off with the edgy satire Urinetown,about a totalitarian place in which access to bathroom facilities is strictly controlled, Sept. 29-Oct. 9.  Then comes Henrik Ibsen's endlessly fascinating Hedda Gabler  Nov. 10-20. Charles L. Mee's Big Love (a dazzling update of a tragedy by Aeschylus) runs Feb. 16-27, alternating with performances of  Aristophanes' Lysistrata Feb. 17-26. The season ends with the musical classic Carousel April 13-23.  Tickets are $16-$22 for week nights and matinees, $18-$25 Friday and Saturday.  UM faculty, staff, alumni and seniors 65 and older can get discounts, and subscribers can save 18 percent.  Call 305-284-3355 or visit the Ring web site for info.

Cabaret_postcard_frontNear the UM campus, Area Stage has extended the run of its hugely popular production of the John Kander-Fred Ebb musical Cabaret.  The large cast features students from Area's Theatre Conservatory:  Rebecca Admire, Marcos Alvarez, Ashley Arana, Alexandra Bacallao, Joseph Barbosa, Michael Barnette, Jorge Barranco, Sophie Carbonell, Marilyn Caserta, Sarah Crane, Stephanie Diggles, Katie Erwin, Manuel Jaquez, Kia Kessler, Ale Mesa, Ani Mesa, Sarah Pelaez, Mia Pennekamp, Caie Pires-Fernandes, Giancarlo Rodaz, Javier Romero, Roberto Sanchez, Diego Schaps, Ali Sousa and Natasha Zedan. The show's director, John Rodaz, and codirector, Maria Banda-Rodaz, are the couple behind Area Stage.

Performances are 8 p.m. tonight and Friday.  Tickets are $20 ($10 for students 25 and under).  Area is located at 1560 S. Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables.  Call 305-666-2078 or visit Area's web site for info.