Current Stage Shows

Edge: This one-woman show about the tormented life of poet Sylvia Plath features a startling, riveting performance by Angelica Torn that blazes as fiercely as Plath's poetry. Paul Alexander's play depicts Plath's failed romances and suicide attempts, and excoriates her husband Ted Hughes as a controlling monster who profited mightily from her royalties after her death. Despite these fireworks and a welcome dose of wry humor, this tale of rage and obsession feels rather flat dramatically. Edge works best as a performance showcase for the splendid Torn. -- Ronald Mangravite Through March 27. Coconut Grove Playhouse, 3500 Main Hwy., Miami; 305-442-4000.

Having Our Say: Centenarian sisters Sadie and Bessie Delany fondly reminisce about their first 100 years from their home in New York, and the audience is the guest of honor. The sisters share anecdotes about their parents, growing up as intelligent African-American children in the Jim Crow South, why they never married and chose to live together, and how they've been able to live so long. While the script gets a little bogged down, it's still more than worthwhile to spend time with these remarkable ladies. -- Dan HudakThrough March 20. African-American Performing Arts Community Theatre at the Carrie P. Meek Cultural Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1300 NW 50th St., Miami; 305-751-4043.

Stones in His Pockets: Marie Jones's play centers on a small Irish town in picturesque County Kerry which is invaded by a major Hollywood film production. This clash of movie types and locals offers a colorful array of characters, all played by two resourceful Irish actors, George C. Heslin and Declan Mooney. The two-man concept has theatrical appeal but there are costs -- Michael Hall's production is quick and deft but some of the characters are mere caricatures, and much of the play's emotional texture is missing. -- Ronald Mangravite Through April 3. Caldwell Theatre Company, 7873 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton; 561-241-7432.

The Diaries: This mess of a play begins with the suggestion of something much better. A young American scholar is about to give a talk on campus on the subject of his Nazi grandfather's diaries, controversial documents that may be either a monster's apology or the candid testimony of a moralist caught in unspeakably immoral times. This is promising stuff. And a great play might be written on these themes. John Strand's silly affair, directed by Rafael de Acha, is not it. -- Octavio Roca Through April 3. The New Theatre, 4120 Laguna St., Coral Gables; 305-443-5909.

 
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