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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.
The success of theater often depends on the audience plugging in their own experiences to enhance what’s happening on stage. So perhaps part of this reviewer’s hot-and-cold reception of Keeping A-Breast at New Theatre – an earnest, heartfelt examination of the agonizing upheaval resulting from breast cancer – is because I’m a man.