Mommy Shrinked the Kids

"My sister Tess knows a lot of people in the [theater] community and thought there was a need for a theater bookstore," explains Drama 101 manager Chuck Pooler. "She opened the shop in late November on a limited basis. She had other business involvements, so she invited me to come down and run it."

An actor living in New York, Pooler relocated to Miami in early January and began operating the store five days a week in an old motel. Tess, a lawyer, has an office in the back of the building, and the brother-and-sister team plans to renovate and rent out the motel rooms as artists' studios.

Pooler currently carries about 1000 titles, including new and used copies of plays and books on acting, directing, voice, and stagecraft, as well as movie scripts, books on film and its history, and a couple of hundred biographies. "We will special order," he says. "We have a direct line to [play distributors] Samuel French and Dramatists Play Service, and we order from them every week." You can call Drama 101 at 759-5151; better yet, visit this much-appreciated addition to the South Florida theater world in person Tuesday through Saturday from noon to seven.

Mrs. Klein. Written by Nicholas Wright; directed by Maria Banda-Rodaz; with Barbara Bernoudy Lowery, Miriam Kulick, and Barbara Sloan. Through March 2. For information call 673-8002 or see "Calendar Listings.

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