O Solo Mio

I think if the piece went through several careful rewrites with an experienced dramaturg and was acted by someone other than Young, it could be quite good. As it is, you might want to see it for no other reason than to witness how cynical today's young writers have become. Even when they think they're describing love and peace, they are exposing themselves as self-absorbed and filled with ennui.

Despite all these flaws, the evening is better than Five Guys Named Moe or Sweet & Hot, recent big-budget productions containing numerous cast members jumping around, singing, but never interacting or doing a thing even remotely dramatic. Which goes to show, my dear Mr. Henry III, that the point concerning casts is not, to paraphrase an old R&B tune, the size but the motion.

Stage Notes
After all that planning, wishing, and hoping, the Miami Skyline Theatre will not be opening its season in February or March. According to Allan Zipper, one of the producers, "the funding and amount of sponsorship is way down, partly due to the past recession and the lingering demands of Hurricane Andrew." In other words, there just wasn't enough money to present a whole roster of plays. Zipper and partners decided against producing only one or two shows and then running out of dough. Instead they will "slow down and wait until next season." Meanwhile, they are staging a musical revue to exhibit the talents of their performing company for subscribers only, and are planning a fundraising evening open to the public in April, organized by Tracey Ullman.

The excellent but long-silent Lunatic Theatre is coming to the forefront again, with a production of Sam Shepard's Fool For Love, an explosive play to be presented at Tobacco Road beginning March 4 at 7:00 p.m. Since seating is limited, reservations might be a good idea. Call 738-6404. Lunatic's last production -- of John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea -- was flawless, so this might be another bright spot in an otherwise gaunt theater season.

Speaking of Sam Shepard, what hope does Skyline have of securing enough funds for theater projects, when a genius of Shepard's dimensions cannot raise the cash to present his newest work on Broadway? Simpatico, his first full-length play since -- Lie of the Mind opened in 1985, even boasted a potential cast that included film stars/box-office draws Ed Harris, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Beverly D'Angelo. Still, Shepard couldn't gather the necessary funds of $800,000, which the playwright describes in the New York Times as "gas money on a movie." Horrifying, ain't it?

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