Though some of the language was outdated (the play was written in the '70s) and some of the performances from minor characters a bit forced and overdone, Piñero's prose and pace were gripping. The five-minute monologue by a character called Ice Man (played with uproarious flair by Carl Crudup), about masturbating to a Jane Fonda photograph, was a hilarious showcase of the playwright's understated brilliance. If the rest of the festival is this good, Miami is in for some earth-shattering entertainment.

A pedophile gets his comeuppance in Short Eyes.
Federico Mata
A pedophile gets his comeuppance in Short Eyes.

Location Info


Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132

Category: Music Venues

Region: Downtown/Overtown

MDC Wolfson Campus Prometeo Theatre

300 NE Second Ave.
Miami, FL 33132

Category: Theaters

Region: Downtown/Overtown

Key Biscayne Community Center

10 Village Green Way
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Category: Community Venues

Region: Key Biscayne

Miami Dade College's InterAmerican Campus

627 Southwest 27th Ave.
Miami, FL 33135

Category: Schools

Region: Little Havana


International Hispanic Theatre Festival: Produced by Mario Ernesto Sánchez. Through July 29 at various venues in downtown Miami and Key Biscayne; 305-445-8877; Tickets cost $30 ($25 for students and seniors).

"We've made a very special effort in the selection of the works we present and their artistic quality," Sánchez says of this year's fest. "We're proud that we have been able to thrive for 27 years!"

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