Get on the Bus

If you're looking for stage action, go back to school

The line of educational mainstage offerings for the upcoming fall season certainly deserves attention from South Florida playgoers. This selection of shows is a lot livelier than what most of the pros offer and many of the student performers offer a lot of talent and creative juice. Just the thing for a jaded playgoer with an attack of the gripes. Here's a look at what's ahead at some of the area's educational theaters:

Barry University (305-899-3398) in Miami Shores offers the comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance and the grand opera La Boheme.

Florida International University (305-348-3789), which has had strong programming, presents Steve Martin's comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile, plus As You Like It, Cabaret, and a new AIDS drama, Before It Hits Home.

The Frogs by Stephen Sondheim at UM
The Frogs by Stephen Sondheim at UM

Florida Atlantic University (561-297-3810) serves up Alfred Jarry's absurdist classic Ubu Roi, followed by Peter Weiss's hard-hitting take on Auschwitz, The Investigation; Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; and Much Ado About Nothing.

The New World School of the Arts (305-237-3541) offers Poor Murderer, Anything Goes, and Yukio Mishima's Madame De Sade, plus an array of new works.

The University of Miami (305-284-3355) starts off with Noises Off, the British comedy hit, followed by the strange, intriguing musical Violet; Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard; Jane Martin's sendup of Chekhov, Anton in Show Business; and the classic musical Sweet Charity.

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