Stage Door: 'Small Membership', Dancing, and 'Caligula'

Photo: Alliance Theatre Lab
The Measure of a Man

It’s inevitable that a play about a young man’s struggle with his modest endowment would inspire more than a few puns. My colleague, Bill Hirschman at FloridaTheatreOnStage.com, called Mark Della Ventura’s new one-man show, Small Membership, a “modestly endowed, touching and amusing package.” And even Della Ventura’s character, Matt, wryly puts it well: “In high school, my penis was still in middle school.”

Now, I’m not going to venture just exactly to what degree the show might be autobiographical, but the inventive writer, with assistance from director David Sirois, has crafted a funny and touching show that will certainly have the men in the audience contemplating the “long and short” of manhood.

Small Membership plays through June 24 at Alliance Theatre Lab at Main Street Playhouse, 6766 Main St., Miami Lakes. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-30 at TheAllianceTheatreLab.com.

A Classic Goes Cuban

You might remember “Penthouse” publisher Bob Guccione’s foray nearly 40 years ago into feature film production, an outlandish, pornographic retelling of the story of gory Roman Emperor Caligula. Peter O’Toole graced the screen—surrounded by a bevy of very talented playmates—that is still somewhat titillating. Now the tale, as told by Albert Camus, is being retold at Miami Beach’s Colony Theatre with a Cuban twist.

Teatro el Público, under the direction of Carlos Díaz, recasts the tyrannical Caligula with “a contemporary face, making him into an icon armed behind the mask of gayness and the glamour of the most illustrious uniforms, thus inciting us to other forms of misconduct way beyond the sexual.”

Caligula will be performed in Spanish with English surtitles, Thursday, June 14-Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m. at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Tickets are $25-30 at the theatre box office or online at FundArte.us.

Dance the Night Away

Hard Rock Live in Hollywood hosts Disco Night 3 on Thursday, June 10 at 7 p.m. with Martha Wash, Maxine Nightingale and Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge.  Boogie all night long to all of these divas’ biggest hits, including “It’s Raining Men,” “Right Back Where We Started From” and “We Are Family.” Tickets are $29-54 at Ticketmaster.com.


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