Rebel, Rebel

Teatro Avante’s annual International Hispanic Theatre Festival (IHTF) — which delivers moving, diverse, and thought-provoking productions from Latino artists and playwrights — remains one of the most prominent festivals preserving Hispanic arts. And Thursday marks your last chance to see it this year. IHTF closes its 27th season in true Miami style with Cuban author, playwright, and poet Virgilio Piñera ’s El No (No) at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater (1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). Playwright Gilda Santana’s freely adapted version focuses on generational differences and rebellious youth. When the older generation tries to impose its way of doing things on the younger one, the kids have a choice: remain silent, flee, or stand up for what they believe in. Piñera, who was a rebel in his own right back in the day (his work and his lifestyle pissed off people like Fidel Castro and Che Guevara), has been a major influence among Cuban and Latin American writers. And El No smacks of his familiar themes of rebellion, freedom, and finding one’s voice.
Thu., July 26, 8:30 p.m., 2012
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