Jamaica's favorite comedian comes to town
If you watched British or Caribbean television in the Eighties and Nineties, you probably enjoyed the hilarious antics of Oliver Samuels. Known as the "King of Jamaican Comedy," Samuels starred in sitcoms and television specials including Chef, Blouse and Skirt, and Oliver at Large, which made the round-eyed Jamaican a household name. With a comedic style reminiscent of Jackie Gleason, Lou Costello, and Benny Hill, Samuels is known for his exaggerated facial expressions and strong accent. In his latest play, Ras Noah and the Hawk, the Caribbean legend plays Butcha, a traditionalist who is awaiting the arrival of his son Noah from medical school. When Noah returns, his father is aghast to learn his son has become a Rasta, and the dreadlocked young man is convinced he must build an ark. Laugh until your sides hurt tonight at 8:00 at the Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater, 17011 NE Nineteenth Ave., North Miami Beach. Tickets range from $27 to $33. Call 305-891-2944 for a complete list of ticket outlets. --Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik
Madcap History Lesson
Imagine a Broadway spectacular that traces world history in 12 hours with a cast of 318 wearing 6428 costumes and a budget of $83.5 million. Well, this show ain't that spectacular, but if you think closer to The Producers and History of the World: Part I, you'll have the Big Bang, which returns to Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre (280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables). The musical comedy, based on a pair of show producers trying to locate funding for the extravaganza, once again stars Gary Marachek and Ken Clement, who demonstrate their vision from inside a Manhattan apartment. See them caper through historical roles tonight through September 4. Preview tickets ($30) are available tonight and Thursday; then tickets cost $37.50 for Wednesday, Thursday, and matinee performances, and $45 for Friday and Saturday. Showtimes are 8:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Call 305-444-9293, or visit www.actorsplayhouse.org. -- Margaret Griffis
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Feel the Magic
It's time to stop rummaging through rain-soaked cow pastures in search of psychedelic voyages; prepare to drop some clean 'shrooms. Infected Mushroom straddles the divide between trance DJs and live electronic bands and promises to make the landscape a kaleidoscope of mystical, musical adventures. This Israeli pair will have the party people trippin' when it mans the decks at Nikki Beach (1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach) for a live performance tonight at 7:00. There will also be an extended DJ set beginning at midnight. Admission is $20 before 7:00, then $25 until midnight. Call 305-538-1111, or visit www.infected-mushroom.de. -- Kris Conesa