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...a sweatshop of moxie

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Two Theatres

In two states of repair.

First, the sadly defunct, but still stately, Coconut Grove Playhouse.

Graffiti artists, who by the way are my personal bugbear, have already gotten to it, on the side scaffolding.

Second, the still vibrant, repertory Actor's Playhouse At The Miracle Theatre on Miracle Mile (once a good old-fashioned movie palace, complete with period box office outside).

The demise of the former theatre is of particular sadness to us who love the boards, since it always hosted the best in stage talent -- from Tony Randall, to Edward Albee, Elaine Stritch, Jessica Tandy, et. al.

Though it went out with Lucie Arnaz' rather forgettable, Susie Flew, whose sign advertising the play can still be seen on the other side, it is still greatly missed.

You know, Miami is not like London or New York, or even sunny Los Angeles.

Things cultural don't shout in your face.

You have to hoof around looking for them, although they ARE there -- don't let anyone tell you otherwise, out of ignorance.

Let's just say, the cultural in Miami whispers seductively in your ear. And often, I am seduced.



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