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2001 Stories by Mia Leonin

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  • Funny Impression

    published September 13, 2001

    Is the stage half empty or half full? Depends on your improvisational skills, David Christopher would say. While some consider it theater's... More >>

  • Not Just Cheap Thrills

    published September 6, 2001

    Skeletons in the corner, jittery women in crisply pressed nurses' uniforms, doors that are shifting entries to alternative realities ... if you... More >>

  • Change, Change, Change

    published August 23, 2001

    This is not a common subject for the stage, screen, or most anyplace else. But Cuillo Centre for the Arts' current production, Menopause:... More >>

  • Extreme Exhorts

    published August 16, 2001

    Chances are the woman sitting next to you has been raped: One out of three women in the United States are sexually assaulted by age... More >>

  • Wit for Life

    published August 9, 2001

    It's not every day that a play about death resuscitates the English language. The word wit as a noun has all but vanished from the English... More >>

  • The Vicious Circle in Song

    published August 2, 2001

    From Bosnia to Bessie Smith, Florida Stage's 2000-2001 season consistently has shown how music helps shape historical moments and our lives. The... More >>

  • High Notes

    published July 26, 2001

    The audience at the 26th Street Theatre's production of William Finn's musical Falsettoland can be as idiosyncratic as the play... More >>

  • Real-Time Car Talk

    published July 19, 2001

    The Mad Cat experience Here in My Car may not be for everyone, but it may be for you. The best way to tell is not whether you've... More >>

  • Hollywood Gaming

    published July 12, 2001

    Most plays begin when the actors first appear, but Hollywood Playhouse's Game Show: The Comedy You Play starts the moment you... More >>

  • The Naked Truth

    published July 5, 2001

    The plot of David Hare's The Blue Room might be described as "six degrees of penetration." In the play's opening scene, an off-duty... More >>

  • The Necessity of the Absurd

    published June 28, 2001

    A bearded man in olive drab spews out a fist-pounding diatribe. A couple gyrates brutally as if trapped in a sadistic rumba. A young man stands... More >>

  • Impotent Response

    published June 21, 2001

    Ominous techno music engulfs the expectant audience at the Museum of Art Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale. The stage is barren except for a black... More >>

  • Up from the Ashes

    published June 14, 2001

    Like apparitions rolling in from the sea, four rafters descend down the aisles from the back of the darkened Colony Theater toward the stage.... More >>

  • The Same Old Song

    published June 7, 2001

    When Sonia (Connie SaLoutos), an aspiring lyricist, meets successful composer Vernon (Dan Kelley) in They're Playing Our Song, she... More >>

  • Speaking Private Parts

    published June 7, 2001

    Wherever there's a vagina holding forth, a penis in need of countering dialogue must be close by. It's no surprise, then, that on the heels of Eve... More >>

  • A Time for Love and Romance

    published May 31, 2001

    Early on in Florida Stage's The Pavilion, the narrator looks out at the audience and declares, "This is a play about time." Normally... More >>

  • Play It en Español

    published May 31, 2001

    With the first International Monologue Festival barely finished and the sixteenth International Hispanic Theatre Festival just beginning, South... More >>

  • In-Your-Face Theater

    published May 24, 2001

    A TV turns to static. A young girl lies motionless on a bed. A man in a suit enters a dark kitchen, loosens his tie, and opens a refrigerator.... More >>

  • Gone Camping

    published May 24, 2001

    Leave the tent and bug spray at home; there's a better camp already set up at Miami Light Project Light Box Studio. The theater is now hosting two... More >>

  • From Ports to Puertas

    published May 17, 2001

    Perhaps it's sheer coincidence, but it seems largely appropriate that the first International Monologue Festival began with a voyage and... More >>

  • Forest Dumped

    published May 10, 2001

    If playwright Stan Lachow could have seen the set that the Hollywood Playhouse was going to construct for the world premiere of Harry and... More >>

  • Rebel with a One-World Cause

    published May 3, 2001

    Where were Howard Fast, Joe Adler, and Bob Rogerson when Mr. Nelson, my high school history teacher/wrestling coach, sidled up to the lectern to... More >>

  • A Lighter Shade of Noir

    published April 26, 2001

    Classic noir is the color this season in West Palm Beach. The Cuillo Centre for the Arts' current production, The Betrayal of Nora... More >>

  • Sidebar

    published April 26, 2001

    The stage, like a body of water, contains more than what appears on its surface. What rises from the depths of the theatrical ocean -- memory,... More >>

  • College Try

    published April 19, 2001

    At best the revival of a classic stirs our sensibilities much like a remarkable piece of music. A chord is struck that reverberates from antiquity... More >>

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