Calendar Of Events Theater
Written by Miami Today on January 1, 2004
‘2 PIANOS, 4 HANDS’
A laugh-out-loud comedy composed for people who thought they shoulda/coulda/woulda been a star-if only they had just a little more talent. Featuring an eclectic assortment of piano music ranging from Bach to the Beatles, played live on stage on two concert grand pianos, the production, directed by Bruce K. Sevy and starring Mark Anders and Carl Danielsen, runs through Jan. 4. At Coconut Grove Playhouse, 3500 Main Highway, Miami.
$35-$45. Please call for times. Details: (305) 442-4000
Winner of seven Tony awards, story of Depression-era orphan is replayed at Miracle Theater’s Actor’s Playhouse, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 4. Tickets $27-$100. Details: (305) 444-9293.
‘WHAT THE BUTLER SAW’
Play by Joe Orton at GableStage at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Tickets $35. Runs through Jan. 11. Details: (305) 446-1116.
‘A CUBAN CHRISTMAS CAROL’
Non-profit Miami theater company Fresco Productions presents "A Cuban Christmas Carol," an imaginative Hispanic twist on Dickens’ classic. Set in Little Havana, this Spanglish adaptation is certain to evoke nostalgia for Noche Buena and inspire laughter with cigars, dominoes, guayaberas. Scrooge is Cuban, but his story is universal. Cast includes Broadway actor Gonzalo Madurga as Scrooge, soap-opera star Zully Montero and a supporting cast of South Florida actors. 8 p.m. Jan. 1-4 and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Jan. 3-4 at University of Miami’s Jerry Herman Ring Theater, 1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables. Tickets $25. Details: (305) 225-0015.
Palm Beach Dramaworks Studio Theatre presents "The Dresser" by Ronald Harwood. The plot revolves around Sir, the last of the great breed of English actor-managers. As his dresser tries to prepare him to go on stage as King Lear, he is having difficulty remembering who and where he is let alone Lear’s lines. With a Herculean effort on the part of Norman, the dresser, Sir makes it on stage and through the performance in a World War II-era English provincial theater during an air raid. Backstage after the performance, more drama unfolds and presents a challenge even Norman is not prepared for. 8 p.m. Fridays and select Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, at 322 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach. $25 adults, $22.50 seniors, $10 students. Runs through Jan. 18. Details: (561) 625-6010.
‘RUM AND COKE’
Cuban-American actress and playwright Carmen Pelaez’s acclaimed comedy runs through Jan. 25. "Rum & Coke" showcases Ms. Pelaez’s dramatic and comedic talents as a writer, performer and director when she portrays a host of colorful characters – fictionalized versions of real-life women she has known. Her characters include an aging ÈmigrÈ aunt, a psychic, a Cuban hooker who supports an ungrateful family and a former dancer at Havana’s famous Tropicana who now works in the nightclub’s bathroom folding and selling toilet paper. Coconut Grove Playhouse, 3500 Main Highway, Miami. Details: (305) 442-4000.
‘A COUPLE OF BLAGUARDS’
The off-Broadway hit "A Couple of Blaguards" by brothers Malachy and Frank McCourt delivers an Irish stew of bittersweet and blarney in tales from their childhood growing up in Ireland. Performances are Jan. 8-11 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $27-$29. Details: (954) 462-0222.
"My Cousin’s Wedding" follows an unmarried couple as they face a relative’s wedding from the paranoia of choosing the perfect wedding gift to the humiliation of performing the chicken dance at the reception. Following the 7:30 p.m. opening-night presentation Jan. 15, a Coral Springs couple will tie the knot onstage. Runs through Jan. 18. $27-$29. Details: (954) 462-0222.