Miami Time Brings a Buffet of Sketch Comedy to PAX
|White Rose Miami|
More than 40 performers, some first-time actors, some veterans of the stage, and at least one thespian better known as a director (New Theatre's artistic director Ricky J. Martinez) donated their time and art to put on the show in 15 acts. (When White Rose sent out the call for submissions, they received nearly 40 and intended to choose 10, but said they couldn't bring themselves to weed out any more than they did.) The theme of each work had to revolve around either "Miami" or "time" or both, motifs which, evidently, lend themselves to a lot of laughs about the lovely ridiculousness of our "magical" city.
After an intro by Lopez, in which he explained an exchange with his grandfather that inspired him to collect works around these ideas, the screen behind the stage lit up with an animated short about an alligator and an ibis, written by Paul Poppe. The silly "photochopped" film, the second half of which was shown after intermission, managed somehow to make the idea of dwindling wildlife in the Everglades funny and cute. Each animated piece was followed by a sketch about a young couple (Lovanni Gomez and Kristina Abreu) parting ways for college, one of the night's few serious productions.
|Matthew Donovan and Armando Acevedo in MIA: North Miami Beach|
The next act, Brunch Soon (Marla E. Schwartz), might have doubled as a twisted advertisement for Miami as the brunch capital of the Americas. In it, bored couple John and Lisa (played by James Carrey and Roxanne Lamendola) mime a frustrating car ride which serves as the backdrop for an argument about where to eat. Lisa's struggle to convince John to try the Forge, Versailles, the Rusty Pelican, anywhere but Denny's, with its Hobbit-themed menu and creepy "Shire sausage," seems to signify deeper troubles in the couple's relationship... without making the situation any less hilarious.
|Michelle Antelo, Alex Garcia, Melissa Almaguer and Victoria Collado in MIA: Westchester|
|Luis Navarro and Gabriel Villasmi|