Mad Cat Theatre mixes it up with an eclectic
Miami Mad Cat Theatre Company has just turned 14. As founder artistic director Paul Tei helpfully explains before his newest show, since he launched the company in 2000, it easy to keep track of the birthdays.
Celebrating with fresh art, Tei and his collaborators have come up with Mixtape 2, a collection of short plays and films in the company new home at Miami Theater Center SandBox.
A mixtape, if you don know, is a custom made cassette tape featuring a variety of music that meaningful to the guy or gal who compiles it. Inspired by that free form notion, Tei and company have come up with an eclectic evening loosely o adidas superstar rganized around the theme of impending change.
One character, the tormented Syd (actor playwright Theo Reyna), also helps tie the content together. Delivering bridging passages written by Tei, Syd visits his storage unit turned home, watching the different pieces unfold as if they memories or ongoing angst plucked from his piles of boxes.
Among the pleasures of Mixtape 2 is watching the talented actors in Karelle Levy futuristic costumes play crazily different human beings. In the terrific ensemble are Jessica Farr (also adidas superstar one of the playwrights), Erin Joy Schmidt, Carey Brianna Hart, Noah Levine, Troy Davidson and Joe Kimble.
The theater and film pieces in Mixtape 2 are a mixed bag in terms of style, clarity and impact, though one person hit might be another miss. Many deal with personal, political or cultural chaos, some playing those worrisome themes for laughs.
Tei dense Mortal Immob adidas superstar ile introduces a younger Syd and his parents, a successful mom (Hart) and out of work dad (Levine). In Elena Maria Garcia Blind?, Schmidt plays a nervous focus group member who concedes that being told what to think is much simpler than trying to figure things out. Farr odd Enemy at Home deals with the deadly repercussions of 9/11.
Andres Rey Solorzano beguiling House Show presents Levine and Farr as intimate friends who find that his imminent departure has rekindled something between them. Farr haunting Nadie, featuring Kimble and Davidson, is built around a tragedy involving a tagger and the cops. Tei Wish You Were Here, taking a page from American Horror Story, is the wonderfully goofy tale of honeymooners in New Orleans.
Mixtape 2 finishes strong with Reyna The Scottish Play, featuring Levine and Schmidt as the personifications of England and Scotland, battling over their Oil (Farr); Deborah L. Sherman Unearthed, in which brother sister pa adidas superstar irs sit in nervous vigil as their mothers are dying; and Kristina Wong The Rapture, which draws humorously disturbing parallels between the selling of Jesus (Davidson) and teen vixen Courtney Stodden (Farr) on the Internet.
Best of the films are three by the Wet Socks Ensemble, two featuring Erik Fabregat and Ralph de la Portilla as dueling candidates for Miami Shores ombudsman, and one ( Super Satan Hot Licks) about aspiring guitar player Fabregat and his fiery theater fans may not dig the short works and mixed media blend of Mixtape 2. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.
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