By John Thomason
By Benjy Caplan
By Artburst Miami
By Carlos Suarez De Jesus
By Daniel Reskin
A note about Florida Playwrights' Theater (FPT). While the company's current production may have missed the mark, at least it risked presenting little-known material. So far its season has included plays by John Guare and Shakespeare, with future offerings by David Mamet and Sam Shepard, as well as the intriguing production A Woman Called Truth. Scheduled to run from January 28 through February 26, during Black History Month, the latter play is a biography of freed slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth. FPT's diverse lineup, reputation for excellent interpretations of Shakespeare, and willingness to present new or not-often-produced work make it a company worth following.
Sadly for South Florida theatergoers, Anna Deavere Smith has accepted a movie role and therefore has canceled her performances of Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities, her innovative and daring look at race relations in New York City. Word has it that she will reschedule. In its place, Miami Light Project will host Eric Bogosian's Pounding Nails in the Floor With My Forehead. Catch his fast-talking, mind-rattling, and barbed blend of standup comedy, monologue, and characterizations at the same time, same place: January 20-21, Maurice Gusman Concert Hall on the University of Miami campus. Call 865-8477 for tickets and details. If you're holding tickets to Deavere Smith, they will be honored at the door.
Want to get the lowdown on South Florida theater from the point of view of New York City's only weekly theater glossy? The January 16 issue of Theater Week examines Florida theater. That means the entire state but our part of the pie is sure to get a major slice of the coverage. Theater Week is on sale at Joe's News, 1559 Sunset Dr., South Miami, and Barnes and Noble in Loehman's Plaza on Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura.