Tennessee Williams slithers to Swampspace

By | June 3rd, 2013 | 1 Comment

“One man. Three women. One night.” Sounds like the makings of a Miami story. In fact, it was the tagline for the film The Night of the Iguana, an adaptation of the Tennessee Williams’ play of the same title that chronicles a single, lascivious night — never, “since Man has known Woman,” has there been “such a night,” says the film trailer’s narrator.

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Shameless Burlesque Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Purdy

By | April 13th, 2011 | 2 Comments

The unabashed ladies of Shameless Burlesque, a troupe founded in Miami by Madame Holly Peño, had a tea party last night at Purdy Lounge. It being my unbirthday, I decided to celebrate.

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Top Ten Miami Theater Events in November

By | November 1st, 2010 | 1 Comment

1. My First Time @ Area Stage Company

Playwright Ken Davenport adapted My First Time real first time experiences submitted to www.myfirsttime.com. Learn more HERE.

Run time: Now until Nov. 6
Price: $20 – $25 general admission, $10 students

2. A Behanding in Spokane @ GableStage at the Biltmore

A black comedy about one man’s search for his missing hand by the English-born Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, a two-time Carbonell Awards winner for Best Play for The Pillowman (2006) and The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2007). Learn more HERE.

Run time: Now until Nov. 21
Price: $37.50 to $47.50, depending on the day

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A review of Nilo Cruz’s The Color Of Desire

By | October 7th, 2010 | 4 Comments

The Color of Desire, a two-act play by Cuban-born, Miami-raised Nilo Cruz, premiered last night at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. Cruz, who won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Anna in the Tropics, sat unassumingly in the audience in a dark ivy hat as his play unfolded before a packed house comprised mainly of geriatrics.

The Color of Desire is set in Havana, in 1960, a year after Castro took power. With the revolutionaries already confiscating property and businesses, and putting their ill-wishers before firing squads, cool-lit Havana invites its bemused inhabitants to indulge in fantasy, if only to escape the frightening reality of Castro’s boots and beard for a spell.

The play opens on Leandra and Albertina, out-to-pasture actresses and probably widows. Relegated to costume mending, the women discuss how time has stolen their femininity.

“Old age is ruthless,” Leandra says. “It doesn’t give a damn what sex we are.”

Enter Belén, the women’s nubile niece, who is distraught about not getting the lead in her company’s upcoming production. But unlike her aunts, Belén has youth – perhaps the one asset even Castro cannot confiscate – and the prospect of her date this evening with a wealthy American shipper soon lifts her spirits. Her aunts share her excitement, but only because they hope the man will rescue Belén from Cuba’s shadowy fate.

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