Isabella Rossellini Will Stage "Green Pornos" Live at the Fillmore Miami Beach

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Isabella Rossellini is bringing her quirky nature lectures focused on the sexual habits of animals she calls "Green Pornos" to Miami Beach.

In her shorts, which began online for the Sundance Channel, the former-model-turned-actress blends deep insights on nature with a cheeky humor and a lo-fi Michel Gondry aesthetic. They are both laugh-out-loud ridiculous but still profoundly ecologically consciousness with a dash of penetrating poetry. She's like Werner Herzog with a sense of humor.

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H2Ombre: Arsht Offers Experiential Theater at Its Strangest and Wettest

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Alejandro Ferrer
The liquid onslaught poured forth long before audiences entered the Arsht Center for H2Ombre this past weekend. Torrential rains slowed the flow of spectators into this undeniably unique prooduction. But they finally arrived to find a combination platter that's equal parts rave, 3D movie, and modern dance show.

After passing through the so-called "Bubble Lounge" offering specialty drinks, audiences entered an unfamiliar Ziff Opera House where most of the chairs have been removed. Theatergoers were split between an open dance floor and a VIP area one level up.

During the show, all notions of traditional theater decorum disappear. On opening night, many attendees shot smartphone videos, waved rainbow-colored glow sticks they received upon entry, and donned neon green plastic glasses frames that rendered everything slightly trippy. Servers interrupted the show once to take drink orders, and again to make customers pay, which was distracting--less like a night at the theater than a night at the Improv. Then again, patrons could also wander the two rooms of H2Ombre at will, which proved unusually liberating. Audience interaction and freedom is central to the show's conceit, and so is commerce: You exit through a gift kiosk.

See also: H2Ombre at the Arsht Center: A Waterlogged Theater Experience Like No Other

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Mid-Life 2 at Actors' Playhouse Preaches to the Aging Choir

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The cast of "Mid-Life 2!": Sufficiently muddled and befuddled
There's likely no nicer stage on which to present a play than the Balcony Theatre at the Actors' Playhouse on Miracle Mile. It purveys a sense of both intimacy and expanse, thanks to ample seating and a stage that allows for any number of up-close possibilities. It's also been home to some of the liveliest and most topical productions Actors' Playhouse has ever offered, among them, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Menopause the Musical, and Rated P for Parenthood. Granted, we're not talking weighty artistic fare here, or any abundance of gravitas or philosophical reflection. But if all you're after is a few easy laughs, combined with a little mirth and merriment, then this is your place to be.

The latest offering in that upstairs venue is the world premiere of Mid-Life 2! (The Crisis Continues), a sequel of sorts to the first Mid-Life musical the theater staged some six years ago. This time around, Actors' Playhouse is taking an active role in developing the show for further stagings around the nation, including, hopefully, an eventual Off Broadway run. Acting as a producing partner is a significant development for any regional theater, particularly Actors' Playhouse, which has currently assumed the mantle of a major player over the last ten years.

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H2Ombre at the Arsht Center: A Waterlogged Theater Experience Like No Other

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Photo by Alejandro Ferrer
The Arsht Center's Ziff Ballet Opera House is about to get wet. Very wet. The sort of wet that if the water were the result of natural causes, it would require extra flood insurance.

Nightly Wednesdays through Sundays -- and three times Saturdays -- more than 6,000 gallons of water will be expended on every performance of H2Ombre, an immersive theatrical experience in the vein of previous Miami hits Fuerza Bruta and The Donkey Show. The agua will gush from the stage like newly struck oil and shoot from the bodies and hands of the performers, who wield the element with the precision of superheroes exercising their special powers. The actors become human sprinkler systems, artfully dousing anything in sight and drawing their material from a tank installed beneath the stage (the water is recycled every show).

But beyond the liquid dazzle lies a deeper message about the nature of creativity.

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Caligula at Arsht: Larger Than Life, Like Its Inspiration

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The 29th season of the International Hispanic Theatre Festival (IHTF) of Miami, which runs July 10-27, showcases leading theater companies from across Latin America, Spain, and the United States. This year, the festival honors Argentina. It also features one Argentina's most celebrated writers and theater companies -- the eponymous Cibrián-Mahler Company, whose play opens the festival at the Arsht Center.

Caligula, a musical born out of a collaboration between writers Pepe Cibrián Campoy and Ángel Malher in Argentina in 1983, methodically and spectacularly brings to life the story of a tragically flawed tyrant who torments his subjects with ruthless guile.
It's the classic story about subjugation, torture, and fear, where the oppressed struggle to reach that intangible, fleeting illusion of freedom, while the oppressor simultaneously crushes all possibility of hope. (Argentina had only emerged from its own Caligula-like nightmare in 1983, after years known as the Dirty War, when tens of thousands of dissidents had been "disappeared" and tortured.)


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Bob Lind on His Sexual Drama Lactose at GableStage: "Mommies, Don't Bring The Kiddies"

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Henry Diltz
The rest of the world may consider Bob Lind something of a legend. He's the man who wrote and sang the top five worldwide hit "Elusive Butterfly" in 1966, and subsequently became somewhat elusive himself as he veered from the music business into a writing career that found him penning novels, plays, screenplays and, strangely enough, articles for the tabloids.

But here in South Florida, we've considered Lind a homeboy ever since he relocated to our area more than 25 years ago. Despite the massive fame he gained for that successful single and other songs which were covered by such big name artists as Glen Campbell, Cher, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, The Four Tops, Johnny Mathis and nearly 200 others, Lind remains both humble and unassuming.

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9 Circles at Artistic Vibes: A Flawed But Fearless Journey Into the Hell of War

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Valentina Izarra, Christian Vandepas, and Collin Carmouze soldier through with passion.
As one character in Bill Cain's sobering, antiwar psychodrama 9 Circles puts it, "terrible things happen" in war. It's the sort of indisputable, politely hollow phrase that says nothing -- one of those euphemisms civilians use to accept the unspeakable.

That old chestnut "mistakes were made," with its general admission to some systemic wrongdoing, is another one. To explain these mistakes and terrible things would be far too intense for the evening news and water-cooler discourse. To truly understand the terrible things that happen in wartime would risk condemning the nature of warfare, puncturing the idea of U.S. imperialism, and dismantling the military-industrial complex. And there are a lot of powerful people in this country who don't want that.

So we should be grateful to have a playwright like Cain to bring at least one of these terrible things to light and then analyze it under a political, psychological, and dramaturgical microscope.

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Copperbridge Foundation Brings Cuban Artists to Miami Stages

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Geo Darder gets down with the culture in Cuba.
Here in Miami, more than in any other city in America, an encounter with Cuban culture is akin to a return to the roots. No matter whether it's dance or art, music or theater, it's the heritage itself that seems to matter most, with the artistic and entertainment elements often affirming a personal connection.

That may seem like a broad-based generalization, but given Miami's population and its sizeable Cuban quotient, there's no denying its accuracy. It's especially true in the case of Geo Darder, the founder and artistic director of the Copperbridge Foundation, an artistic initiative he and a group of partners launched four years ago as a means of facilitating the exhibition and interpretation of artistic works from the Caribbean, Africa, North and South America, and Cuba in particular.

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Summer Shorts at the Arsht: A Mixed Bag of Mind-Controlling Cats and Grieving Fathers

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George Schiavone
Rather than construct a standard-issue theater review for an evening of mirth and brevity that is always anything but standard-issue, I decided to trek through City Theatre's 19th edition of Summer Shorts play by play, in the order in which they are presented. Liberated from the need to excavate overlapping themes and through-lines from this jumbled theatrical stocking, I've scored each piece on its individual merits and demerits, assigning a point value to each production out of a maximum possible ten. The conclusions take into account both the source material and the production quality, beginning with:

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Alliance's Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star: One Hit, One Miss

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Gertrude Rodon
Exemplary theater on the back porch.
Bourbon is on the rocks, and so, apparently, is a marriage in James McLure's Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star, two interlocked one-act plays. Both include the same array of characters: two close companions and one intruder bearing a sordid secret. Both end in revelations, vomit, and toppled props. And both acknowledge that the clean slate of a new day might make the previous evening's news a little more palatable.

However, there's a fundamental difference in the plays' presentation at Alliance Theatre Lab in Miami Lakes: These one-acts might feel as inseparable as a Lohan and a police report, but only one of them is particularly good. Taken together, this yin-and-yang diptych is half-masterpiece, half-slog.



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