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City Theatre’s Summer Shorts vibrates with the unique distinctive essence that exceeds traditional adjectives and can best be captured in the word “Miami.” Indeed, the production is subtitled “Homegrown Edition,” but the venerable company has committed for the first time to brand new works exclusively written by, directed by and acted by BIPOC/LatinX artists who reflect the region’s multi-culturalism.
Zoetic Stage’s #Graced is an episodic road trip veering all over the place in a theatrically metaphorical jalopy bouncing along on a journey for its protagonists to discover who they are personally and what America is in the 21st Century.
Echoing the resurrection of local theater, the new artistic director Bari Newport will inaugurate GableStage’s 2021-2022 season in November directing the late Joseph Adler’s detailed plan for The Price — the first title in an eclectic season featuring a musical and world premieres.
Theatre Lab invests its growing expertise in multi-media theater performance in Vanessa Garcia’s premiere of Ich Bin Ein Berliner, a heartfelt memoir of a Cuban-American girl who grows up perceiving a growing, resonance between Berlin escaping Communism when the Wall fell in 1989 and the unrealized-as-yet dream of Cuba escaping Communism.
Imaginative theatricality has imbued Theatre Lab’s projects, but this month’s just-outside-the-box venture is breaking the traditional paradigm even further. The premiere of Vanessa Garcia’s Ich Bin Ein Berliner offers three different ways to experience the same raw material, including a live in-person presentation — of sorts.
Jenna and the Whale, which will get a high-profile virtual reading on Broadway On Demand at 5:30 p.m. June 30, is that rare exception: It’s a piece created by a pair of playwrights, Vanessa Garcia and Jake Cline.
The experience of losing everything to the Cuban revolution, the visceral experience of being oppressed, the experience of leaving your beloved country, those are the hallmarks of the surprisingly effective immersive drama Amparo.
Its creators acknowledge that the drama Amparo has familiar elements, especially the story of a family escaping Cuba and finding success in a new land. But the way the story is designed to surround and immerse patrons so that they see, hear and feel what the characters are undergoing – thereby making a unique connection even for viewers who are not Cuban-American.
The overall picture may seem a bit disjointed and fuzzy, but the world premiere of The Cuban Spring at New Theatre incisively depicts the complexities of Cuban-American families in modern Miami as their American-born generation conflicts with parents struggling with ghosts of their birthplace.
Fresh plays by four South Florida playwrights are showcased in a staged-reading format at a free event entitled “From Scratch” on Sunday in Miami.