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Amid the rise of the #metoo movement, the surprise in the new play Queen of Basel, subtitled “Or an unapologetic response to Strindberg’s Miss Julie,” is just how closely this modern-day riff still echoes the sadly timeless themes of the 1888 original. But Hilary Bettis’ script, expand and dig deeper into Strindberg’s naturalistic examination of a war between the sexes mingled with a war of economic class distinctions.
The co-production of Miami New Drama and the Asolo Repertory Theatre Company resonates so deafeningly with the current zeitgeist that it seemed to have been written last month. This merciless razor-sharp lampoon is a rabbit punch at the solar plexus of society in 2018.
Amazingly, in 2017 with its video games, alt right-antifa strife and uber-sophistication, Our Town is still our town. And no more so than in Miami New Drama’s inventive and often touching production that underscores the values of community in a time when our country seems as divided as it has ever been.
With genuine uncertainty of how successfully it will play, Miami New Drama artistic director Michel Hausmann keeps calling his unique undertaking “an experiment.”
He’s mounting Our Town with one little twist: In his turn-of-the-century New Hampshire village of Grovers Corners, some families speak English, some speak Spanish, some speak Creole.
If you know where to look, certainly you can find reliable warhorse titles in the upcoming theater season in South Florida, but it’s easier to find vibrant, contemporary and challenging offerings.
Once it gets going, Miami New Drama’s A Special Day, is a hallmark of wily invention and Brechtian artifice, a celebration of theater’s ability to create something from nothing in front of our eyes.
In a chilly sleek courtroom as clinical as a laboratory dissection tray, thousands of human lives, morality, principles and the law are piled on opposite pans of the scale – except it’s not blind justice holding the scales, but we in the audience in Miami New Drama’s intellectually-challenging courtroom drama Terror, having its American premiere.
Most courtroom dramas metaphorically use the audience as a jury. But Terror, a German play receiving its U.S. premiere from Miami New Drama this week, literally requires the audience to vote on the defendant’s guilt or innocence to determine the outcome of the play.
A different season advance: Quietly, oh so quietly, the 2016-2017 theater season in South Florida is shaping up to be as notable for tidal growth, contraction, ebb and flow as it is for the actual productions scheduled.
With its short run production of “A Special Day” this week, Michel Hausmann and the fledgling Miami New Drama company begin an ambitious slate of projects that began earlier this year with The Golem of Havana.