The evening is a must for anyone who likes musical theater, Borscht Belt humor, Yiddish life in the U.S., or watching great entertainers. As much as I enjoyed myself, however, I am not certain the revue translates to theatergoers who are, as Adler calls it, "Yiddish-impaired." After the show, I informally polled one member of the audience who I knew was not Jewish. She liked it, she said, while conscious of not "getting" everything, especially in act one. And yet she was dazzled by the showmanship. So even if you're Yiddish-impaired, take your chances and go.
Exciting fanfare accompanies the upcoming Miami premiere of playwright Tony Kushner's Angels in America. On Monday, April 17, Kushner will present a workshop and lecture in conjunction with performances of the two-part epic, which will be staged at the Gusman Center from April 18 to April 23. At 1:00 p.m. on April 17 in the Grand Center Ballroom of FIU's University Park campus (SW 107th Avenue and SW 8th Street), Kushner will lead a free workshop, including staged readings by students and faculty of the playwright's 1986 A Bright Room Called Day. For information call 348-2895. At 7:30 p.m., at FIU's Wolfe University Center (NE 151st Street and Biscayne Boulevard) on its North campus, Kushner will lecture about his work, with a question-and-answer session afterward. Open to the public, the event is free to FIU students, staff, and faculty, but costs three dollars for non-FIU students, and eight for the general public. (General public tickets will not be available until April 3.) Seating is limited to 300. For information call 940-5680.
Under the aegis of the Miami Light Project, monologuist-actor-author Spalding Gray returns to the area for two evenings of works in progress at the Colony Theater on Miami Beach. A storyteller in the American tradition of Mark Twain and Will Rogers but with a contemporary edge, Gray alchemizes his personal obsessions and adventures into distinct performance pieces. According to Miami Light Project co-director Caren Rabbino, Gray has "built a following in Miami and feels he would like to try out new work here." So, on Friday, March 10, Gray presents Interviewing the Audience, straying from his usual format to speak directly with audience members and spin a performance from that interaction. On Saturday, March 11, Gray returns to the format for which he is best known, performing his newest -- as yet untitled -- monologue. For tickets and information, call 532-3747.