Jim Ballard and Hannia Guillen in The Color of Desire
Jim Ballard and Hannia Guillen in The Color of Desire

Location Info


Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre

280 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Category: Performing Arts Venues

Region: South Dade


By Nilo Cruz. Directed by David Arisco. With Hannia Guillen, Jim Ballard, Teresa Maria Rojas, Isabel Moreno, Barbara Sloan, Michael Serratore, Sandor Juan, and Nick Duckart. Through November 7 at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-444-9293; actorsplayhouse.org.

The Color of Desire becomes more coherent in the second act. Its actors simultaneously loosen up and clamp down on their roles. Once the play works up a modicum of narrative momentum, appealing details begin making their impressions — most notably Ellis Tilman's costumes, which, especially on the ladies, exemplify both the beauty and the ridiculousness of the decadence Cuba's revolution was meant to abolish. One can enjoy the uncannily expressive pursing of Rojas's lips. And one can enjoy Nick Duckart, one of SoFla's finest actors, confined here to three small, almost nonverbal roles. Absent Cruz's words, he is free to do as he will with his parts as a waiter, an MC, and a gruff military apparatchik, and he walks away with the show.

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