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In Lone Star, Paul Thomas imbues Roy with energy and a sense of the absurd, but the actor's depiction of the character as an oaf seems ill-conceived. Winfield gives a terrific performance as the hound dog Ray, loyal to Roy but honest with him at the same time. Finally, de los Reyes (last seen as a leading man in FPT's Shakespeare festival) portrays Cletis as a cross between Richie Cunningham on Happy Days and John Boy Walton, with a good hard twist of neurosis.

Lone Star and Laundry & Bourbon will never qualify as profound or definitive theatrical works, but they can offer an entertaining and bittersweet slice of Texas life. And yet Paul Thomas restrains his actresses too much in Laundry & Bourbon, and Angela Thomas allows Paul, as Roy, to get away with a slightly buffoonish performance in Lone Star. Still, in the end the combination of solid acting and amusing scripts overshadows those shortcomings, making both productions worth seeing.

Stage Notes
Opening night of the Broadway Series in Miami promises more than just a sizzling evening of singing and dancing by the Pointer Sisters in Ain't Misbehavin', the Tony Award-winning musical featuring the music of jazz great Fats Waller. On Tuesday, November 14, the Greater Miami Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will host pre- and post-theater receptions to raise funds for combating Alzheimer's disease, as well as to commemorate the local chapter's tenth anniversary. A $150 ticket includes a 6:00 p.m. wine, champagne, and buffet reception at the Blue Door Restaurant at the Delano hotel on Miami Beach; opening-night admission to the show; and a dessert reception after the show. Both the production and the dessert reception will be held at the Jackie Gleason Theater for the Performing Arts. To purchase tickets, call 891-6228.

Tomorrow night (Friday, October 27) the first annual Hotel Inter-Continental Miami Ball will be held. It benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Florida and features actress and television talk show host Ricki Lake; singer and Broadway musical actress Debbie Gibson; Corazon Gitano, formerly of the Gipsy Kings; and the Broadway Kids (four boys and four girls who are veterans of major Broadway musicals). Tickets cost $150 and $250 and include a cocktail party, silent auction, and dinner, along with the entertainment. All proceeds go toward making wishes come true for South Florida children with life-threatening illnesses. For complete details, call 372-4781.

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