Calendar Of Events Theater
Written by Miami Today on February 18, 2010
The M Ensemble Company presents "Mahalia: A Gospel Musical" about the life of gospel legend Mahalia Jackson, focusing on Ms. Jackson’s roots as the grandchild of slaves born in New Orleans and her rise to fame. 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Ends Feb. 21. The M Ensemble’s actor’s studio, 12320 W Dixie Highway, North Miami. $20-$30. Details: (305) 899-2217 or www.themensemble.com.
A story of lessons learned, Michael McKeever’s "Melt" follows the interactions of African American siblings, a Jewish father and his son and a Hispanic mother and her child, each of whom learns to see social and moral issues from another’s perspective. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. 2 p.m. Sunday. Ends Feb. 28. Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. $15-$30. Details: www.meltmiami.com.
Off-Broadway romantic comedy "Platanos and Collard Greens" centers on the bond of college couple Freeman and Angelita, testing whether relationships between blacks and Latinos can survive. Everything’s going great — until Angelita’s mother finds out about the two and has a heart attack. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Ends Feb. 28. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Carnival Studio Theater, Miami. $35. Details: (305) 949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.
Local student groups perform in a "comedy challenge show" featuring improvisation exercises, skits, music, dancing and audience-participation games. 8 p.m. Miami Science Museum’s theater, 3280 S Miami Ave., Coconut Grove. Details: (305) 332-5817 or www.thetheatreinstitute.com.
University of Miami theater students perform John Cariani’s "Almost, Maine." The comedy follows the residents of the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine, who find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected, entertaining ways. Performances will be coupled with an additional production, "Baby with the Bathwater." 8 p.m. Ends March 6. Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, University of Miami, 1312 Miller Drive, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 284-3355 or www.miami.edu/ring.