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2001 Stories by Mia Leonin

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  • Change, Change, Change

    published August 23, 2001

    The topic is not a common subject for the stage, screen, or most any other entertainment medium. But the Cuillo Centre for the Arts' current... More >>

  • Turning Japanese

    published August 16, 2001

    If you think cultural diversity in South Florida consists of sipping a café con leche and listening to a Gloria Estefan tune, think... More >>

  • Party on the Playa

    published August 16, 2001

    In 1983 seven Hispanic members of the Hollywood community did something radical. They decided to throw a party. Why was that so radical? Because... More >>

  • Wit for Life

    published August 9, 2001

    It's not every day that a play about death resuscitates the English language. The word wit as a noun has all but vanished from the English... More >>

  • The Vicious Circle in Song

    published August 2, 2001

    From Bosnia to Bessie Smith, Florida Stage's 2000-2001 season consistently has shown how music helps shape historical moments and our lives. The... More >>

  • High Notes

    published July 26, 2001

    The audience at the 26th Street Theatre's production of William Finn's musical Falsettoland can be as idiosyncratic as the play itself. In... More >>

  • Real-Time Car Talk

    published July 19, 2001

    The Mad Cat experience Here in My Car may not be for everyone, but it may be for you. The best way to tell is not whether you've acquired a... More >>

  • Hollywood Gaming

    published July 12, 2001

    Most plays begin when the actors first appear, but Hollywood Playhouse's Game Show: The Comedy You Play starts the moment you walk into the... More >>

  • The Naked Truth

    published July 5, 2001

    The plot of David Hare's The Blue Room might be described as "six degrees of penetration." In the play's opening scene, an off-duty cab... More >>

  • Humpin' Around

    published June 28, 2001

    A couple in their sixties waltz down the 2000 block of Hollywood Boulevard. The man spins his wife spontaneously through the crosswalk. A passerby... More >>

  • The Necessity of the Absurd

    published June 28, 2001

    A bearded man in olive drab spews out a fist-pounding diatribe. A couple gyrates brutally as if trapped in a sadistic rumba. A young man stands... More >>

  • Impotent Response

    published June 21, 2001

    Ominous techno music engulfs the expectant audience at the Museum of Art Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale. The stage is barren except for a black... More >>

  • Slam It!

    published June 14, 2001

    What do an accounts-receivable clerk, an exterminator, a sociologist, and a pawnshop worker have in common? These are not recovering alcoholics... More >>

  • The Same Old Song

    published June 7, 2001

    When aspiring lyricist Sonia (Connie SaLoutos) meets successful composer Vernon (Dan Kelley) in They're Playing Our Song, she... More >>

  • Envy Much?

    published May 31, 2001

    Wherever there's a talking vagina, a penis in need of dialogue can't be far away. It's no surprise then that on the heels of Eve Ensler's... More >>

  • In-Your-Face Theater

    published May 24, 2001

    A TV turns to static. A young girl lies motionless on a bed. A man in a suit enters a dark kitchen, loosens his tie, and opens a refrigerator.... More >>

  • From Ports to Puertas

    published May 17, 2001

    Perhaps it's sheer coincidence, but it seems largely appropriate that the first International Monologue Festival began with a voyage and... More >>

  • Forest Dumped

    published May 10, 2001

    If playwright Stan Lachow could have seen the set that the Hollywood Playhouse was going to... More >>

  • Rebel with a One-World Cause

    published May 3, 2001

    Where were Howard Fast, Joe Adler, and Bob Rogerson when Mr. Nelson, my high-school history teacher and the wrestling team's coach, sidled up to... More >>

  • A Lighter Shade of Noir

    published April 26, 2001

    Classic noir is the color this season in West Palm Beach. The Cuillo Centre for the Arts' current production, The Betrayal of Nora... More >>

  • College Try

    published April 19, 2001

    At best the revival of a classic stirs our sensibilities much like a remarkable piece of music. A chord is struck that reverberates from antiquity... More >>

  • Poetry in Motion

    published April 12, 2001

    You could say that Sarah Jones' poetry is on the move. Her one-woman show, Surface Transit, has been in demand throughout the United... More >>

  • True Blues

    published April 12, 2001

    If Robert Johnson made a deal with the devil, then Bessie Smith drank gin with ol' Lucifer -- and put him under the table. As soon as she steps... More >>

  • Shakespeare in the City

    published April 5, 2001

    When one thinks of William Shakespeare, great cities such as London come to mind. That's why much ado is being made about the 29th annual meeting... More >>

  • A Saint Goes Marchin' In

    published March 29, 2001

    Drinking green beer. Vomiting green beer. Pinching fellow green-beer drinkers who are not wearing an article of green clothing. Let's face it,... More >>

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