Rule of Threes

Scarlett O’Hara, Ashley Wilkes, and Rhett Butler. Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Beyoncé. Whether fictional or real, there is nothing quite like a love triangle to stir the passions or crush the soul. Since the days of Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, and Mark Antony, we have been besotted by tales of lovers doing each other dirty. It’s the type of entertainment we lap up in all its lurid glory. Enter the Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th St., North Miami), which on Wednesday presents a revival of “Pablo Cano: The Toy Box” on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of composer Claude Debussy’s birth — just in time to remind us that in matters of the heart, three is definitely a crowd. Cano’s enchanting production weaves the story of a love triangle among three dolls — a ballerina, a toy soldier, and Polichinelle (Punch) — all characters based on the tradition of commedia dell’arte, but which will put you in mind of more modern tragedies as well. (Think Kristen Stewart, Rupert Sanders, and Robert Pattinson.) Featuring Cano’s beguiling marionettes created from found objects, coming to life with choreography by Katherine Kramer and music performed by pianist Karen Schwartz, the production was first performed at MOCA in 2004 and is inspired by La Boîte à Joujoux, a children’s ballet composed by Claude Debussy in 1913.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 26. Continues through Nov. 11, 2012


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