Near the end of the play, Mostel fulminates that the greatest tragedy in his life is that, despite countless Broadway shows and Hollywood films, he'll only be remembered as the fat guy in The Producers. But after experiencing Mostel's tale, you learn that his life was filled with triumph, tragedy, success, failure, and courage under fire.

Jim Brochu plays Zero Mostel.
Michael Lamont
Jim Brochu plays Zero Mostel.

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Directed by Piper Laurie. Through February 27 at Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St., Aventura; 305-466-8002; aventuracenter.org. Tickets cost $36.

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The play is a reflection of the man in every way. It's filled with humor and heartache and is unabashedly unapologetic and uproariously funny. Mostel was such a phenomenal character because he grabbed life by the balls. As he put it, "I've had a thousand doors slammed in my face, but I stand on the other side of them and pound and scream, 'How can you exclude the life of the party!' " Indeed.

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