Itsy Bitsy Drama

In Summer Shorts, it's life, death, and liberal politics in gritty little segments

This year's version of Summer Shorts maintains the company's signature quick, upbeat pace and breezy style, but it adds a certain edge. A number of hot-button issues are touched upon: gay marriage, same-sex kissing, masturbation, and, with the program B's "A Speedy and Public Trial," a biting, Kafka-esque critique of the Bush administration's Patriot Act. There's nothing here you couldn't find on network television; the play selection limns a cultural geography that's white, upscale, gay-friendly, and left-of-center. That City's writers are individually raising such issues might be meritorious, but overall there's something missing here, something that's missing in virtually every South Florida theater -- a willingness to honestly give voice to and examine opposing sociopolitical views. Despite the obvious standoff in this deeply divided society, most arts professionals doggedly pursue a proscriptive liberal-left vision instead of offering a forum for opposing views that might challenge conventional thinking and provoke an exchange of ideas. More on this subject in a future column.

"A Speedy and Public Trial" takes on the Patriot Act in 
Summer Shorts
"A Speedy and Public Trial" takes on the Patriot Act in Summer Shorts

Details

Twenty-one one-act plays, presented through June 27. Call 305-365-5400. Also July 8 to 18 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222 or www.citytheatre.com.
City Theatre at the University of Miami Ring Theatre, Coral Gables

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