Laura Turnbull portrayed Jane's pal Celia adequately, but she really dug her teeth into the role of Jane's disapproving mother, haunting the schoolteacher's life with finger-wagging criticism. Kim Ostrenko, who plays Jane's other best friend, Nathalie, saved her strongest performance for Margaret McKenzie, Jane's imaginary friend from her favorite Trollope novel. Most local acting ensembles feature actors who convey every emotion with the same squint and arched brow. The cast of Round-Heeled, however, is not one of those ensembles.

George Schiavone

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GableStage at the Biltmore

1200 Anastasia Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Category: Performing Arts Venues

Region: Coral Gables/South Miami

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Written and directed by Jane Prowse. Through February 6 at GableStage at the Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; 305-445-1119; gablestage.org.

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A Round-Heeled Woman is more than just a tale of a sexually repressed MILF looking to get laid by a random stranger. It's also a touching story about an independent woman endeavoring to regain her sexual mojo while wrestling with personal demons and trying to capture the harmony and joy that has eluded her most of her life. Jane freely admits she's a walking cliché, a victim of sexual abuse and repressed angst, who struggles with weight and her shortcomings as a mother. But her quest is enduring, and what she finds at the end surprises even her.

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McQueequeg
McQueequeg

Sorry to be picky but the "MILF" comment -- and using it in the headline -- is tone-deaf to the point of wondering if the reviewer understood the play. The character is not only not sexually repressed (more like sexually hibernated or negligent) she's not a MILF but rather a WWWF (or a "Woman Who Wants to Fuck"). An important part of her story is the fact that some of the men SHE wants to fuck don't really share the feeling. Calling her a "MILF" makes it sound like her character is a siren and an object, rather than the subject, of the story.

It seems from a reaction below that a porn site picked up on the "MILF" reference and tweeted about it -- kinda makes my point.

 
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