Ich Bin Ein Camera

I Am a Camera

I am a Liza Minnelli impersonator: Tanya Bravo and Heath Kelts go through the motions
I am a Liza Minnelli impersonator: Tanya Bravo and Heath Kelts go through the motions

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Written by John Van Druten, based on Christopher Isherwood's The Berlin Stories. Directed by Rafael de Acha. Starring Heath Kelts, Kimberly Daniel, Tanya Bravo, Thomas Mikusz, Stephanie Martin, Joe Knezevich, and Lisa Morgan. Through December 19
New Theatre, 65 Almeria Ave., Coral Gables, 305-443-5909

Veteran Kimberly Daniel brings a sinister subtlety to the racism in her character; however, in the performance I saw, the other supporting actors weren't strong enough to suggest the very real threat of storm troopers, book burnings, and other Nazi effects looming just outside the door. (Michael McKeever's cluttered set features a cut-away wall through which we actually can see a representation of a city street, but that view, devoid of nastiness, is the closest glimpse we get.) Some of these smaller performances may find their marks as the production continues: Thomas Mikusz's Fritz and Stephanie Martin's Natalia are both likable, and Joe Knezevich's Clive is well-intentioned if too broad. Lisa Morgan, who plays Sally's prune-faced bourgeois mother, gives a performance in the few short minutes that she's on stage that's so complex I wish she were starring in her own play. She has more subtext in her wrinkled-up nose than this production has from head to foot.

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