Tag Archives: Paul Tei

Strange Bedfellows: Hedda Gabler and The Seven Year Itch At Miami Theater Center

The magic of serendipity: It’s difficult to imagine — without being boxed into it as Miami Theater Company was — how an artistic director would thematically put together a season encompassing Hedda Gabler and The Seven Year Itch.

Posted in Features | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mad Cat’s Centralia Is A Hoot And A Holler About A Hollar

When Mad Cat Theatre Company finds the right groove with the right piece as it has here with Centralia, even hidebound traditionalists need to recalibrate their definitions and expectations of “theater.” It’s clothed in the premise of small town residents putting on a show to raise funds for their town, which was decimated by an environmental disaster.

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mad Cat Names 3rd Annual Nine Lives Scholarship Winners

Mad Cat Theatre Company has named its third annual Nine Lives Scholarship Awards recipients: Cheyenne Nicole Hardy cited as outstanding high school senior and Kayla Bussel as outstanding college senior.

Posted in News | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

City Theatre’s Summer Shorts Kicks It Up A Notch Once Again

Efforts by City Theatre staffers to improve the consistency of its offerings has paid off: This edition of Summer Shorts is not only lushly and imaginatively produced with a noticeable extra bit of polish, but is more consistently funny and entertaining than any edition in recent memory.

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mad Cat’s Well-Named Mixtape Is Quirky, Passionate, Puzzling And Did We Forget Funny?

Mixtapes are by definition quirky, passionate, uninhibitedly self-expressive to the edge of self-indulgence, sometimes puzzling, sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious. Mad Cat Theatre Company’s theatrical/cinematic Mixtape 2 is all that — a compilation of playlets, snatches of poetry, music videos and short films by the region’s leading progressive, avant-garde theater.

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mad Cat’s Blow Me Delves Into Surreal World of Doomed Fashionista Isabella Blow

Playwright Jessica Farr and director Paul Tei create a fever dream in Mad Cat Theatre Company’s Blow Me, depicting a tragic death spiral, relieved by copious droll dancing-at-your-funeral epigrams tossed off by Blow and her coterie like a latter day Algonquin Round Table, featuring a bravura performance by Erin Joy Schmidt.

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Busy Days At Mad Cat: Two Scholarships And World Premiere of Blow Me

Mad Cat Theatre Company has a reputation for providing a stage to young artists seeking more adventurous fare. But now, for the second year, it’s also putting its money behind its commitment to developing future theater professionals. The Miami-based troupe has awarded its Nine Lives Scholarship Awards to Christian Frost as outstanding high school senior and Vanessa Elise as outstanding college senior.

Posted in News | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mad Cat’s Comedy Looks At Fashionista Isabella Blow

Editor, consultant and fashion icon Isabella Blow lived a tumultuous life that encompassed trend-setting style, two marriages plagued by infertility, championing designers like Alexander McQueen who then left her behind, coping with her brother’s drowning, battling ovarian cancer, trying electro-shock therapy to counteract depression and attempting suicide several times. So, of course, Mad Cat Theatre Company is turning her life into an entry in the annual South Beach Comedy Festival for two shows on Wednesday, April 17.

Posted in Features | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This Cat Lady Purrs At Mad Cat

Kristina Wong’s Cat Lady at Mad Cat Theatre Company is downright hilarious while shot through with pathos and insights into the search for human connection. It seems to be exactly the offbeat but accessible exploration of loneliness that Wong and director Paul Tei hoped to create.

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spraying Felines And Pickup Artists Populate Kristina Wong’s Cat Lady At Mad Cat

Who besides Mad Cat Theatre Company would take a talking cat, who persistently pees on the rug, and a professional pickup artist instructing wannabees how to pretend to be genuine – and meld them into a unified statement about fighting loneliness? But synthesizing disparate elements in Kristina Wong’s Cat Lady fits the aesthetic of the company opening its 13th season this week.

Posted in Features | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment