The idiot box has given Latino actors a bad rap. Were used to doe-eyed melodramatic performers in every telenovela scene on Spanish-language television and thats just the men. Dont get us started on the crappy, overwritten dialogue. Truth is, Hispanic culture has produced some of the best dramatists in the history of, well, drama. But dont take our word for it check out the XXVI International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami. The festival runs through July 24 and kicks off Thursday with Lo Crudo, Lo Cocido, Lo Podrido (The Raw, The Cooked, The Rotten), a metaphorically political piece written by Chilean playwright Marco Antonio de la Parra. Lo Crudo will be performed at Arsht Centers Carnival Studio Theater. And if youre in the mood for tragedy set to tunes, check out Amores de Cantina (Barroom Loves) written by Juan Radrigán this Saturday and Sunday. This story of love and desolation begins at 5 p.m. and is also playing at the Carnival Studio Theater. Both plays will be performed in Spanish without superscripts.
Thu., July 7, 8:30 p.m., 2011