Teach Me Tonight

South Florida schools are pumping new energy into the stage scene

The line of educational mainstage offerings for the upcoming fall season certainly bears attention from South Florida playgoers. Here's a look at what's ahead at some of the area's educationals:

Barry University (305-899-3398) in Miami Shores offers the comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance and the grand opera La Bohème.

Florida International University (305- 348-3789) presents Steve Martin's comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile, plus As You Like It, Cabaret, and a new AIDS drama, Before It Hits Home.

Florida Atlantic University (561-297-3810) serves up Alfred Jarry's absurdist classic Ubu Roi, followed by Peter Weiss' hard-hitting take on Auschwitz, The Investigation, and then Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and Much Ado About Nothing.

New World School of the Arts (305-237-3852) offers Poor Murderer, Anything Goes, and Yukio Mishima's Madame de Sade, plus an array of new works.

The University of Miami (305-284- 3355) starts off with Noises Off, the British comedy hit, followed by the strange, intriguing musical Violet, Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, Jane Martin's send-up of Chekhov, Anton in Show Business, and the classic musical Sweet Charity.

This selection of shows is a lot livelier than most of what the pros are offering, and many of the student performers offer a lot of talent and creative juice. Just the thing for a jaded playgoer with an attack of the gripes.

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