New Theatre barely skips a beat after Two Bears Blinking concludes the company's current season on May 21. June 2 marks the opening of the Coral Gables-based troupe's tenth anniversary season, which features a program of seven plays. In keeping with artistic director Rafael de Acha's proclivity for finely crafted, intelligently written dramatic realism, the diverse offerings include works by such established and prolific voices as A.R. Gurney, Israel Horovitz, and modern master Tennessee Williams. Warm-hearted describes the mood of most of de Acha's choices, although he shakes up the mix with a controversial piece about abortion by Jane Martin (the pseudonym for a writer widely suspected of being a man) and a disturbing drama about marriage by the uncompromising Jon Robin Baitz.
The season kicks off with the South Florida premiere of Horovitz's dramatic comedy Park Your Car in Harvard Yard, which tells the tale of a notoriously cranky teacher and the housekeeper he flunked 25 years earlier who now looks after him in his old age. Tennessee Williams's poignant, autobiographical Glass Menagerie follows, with de Acha directing. Then comes another South Florida premiere, The Best of Friends, Hugh Whitemore's dramatic adaption of British playwright George Bernard Shaw's letters and writings. Rounding out the season: A.R. Gurney's Later Life, an astute observation on the American WASP upper crust, as well as an empathetic and funny take on midlife love and crisis; Baitz's Three Hotels, a trio of monologues that offers a searing look at how greed and deceit damage a marriage; Martin's stinging Keely and Du, about a young woman kidnapped by a group of anti-abortion extremists; and, finally, the world premiere of multitalented actor-playwright Bill Yule's Schweitzer, a one-man show tracing the life of the humanitarian Albert Schweitzer. Call 443-5909 for more information.