Pinecrest Rep and Summer Shorts Offer Theater Bargains

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Elena Garcia and Paul Tei in Tongue Tied.
George Schiavone
Elena Garcia and Paul Tei in Tongue Tied.

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27 Wagons Full of Cotton and The Golden Fleece: Through June 15. Pinecrest Repertory Theatre Company, Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd., Pinecrest; 305-720-0811, www.pinecrestrep.org. Summer Shorts: Through June 22. Studio Theater at the Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-949-6722, www.citytheatre.com.

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Program B doesn't contain any jaw-dropping tragedy along the lines of Jody's Mother. Aside from a little domestic tragedy by David Mamet (Home) and a mysterious drama about dissolved friendships (Fragment of a Paper Airplane, by Carlos Murillo), Program B keeps it light. Stephen Trovillion plays a gay sheep, telling us about his coming out, his days of sexual libertinism, and his scandalous miscegenation (his partner is a black sheep), and he looks like he's having the time of his life. Twice — in Fragment and in On Story — Paul Tei delivers monologues in that crazy way of his, leaving you listening as much for the rhythm as for what weird and wrong thing will next come out of his mouth. Both Fragment and On Story are so strong you'd do well to pay all $92 for just the two of them. Anything more is a bonus.

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