Playwright Richard Janaro, retired from many years of teaching at Miami’s New World School of the Arts, has re-imagined King Lear as the story of a homeless CEO who has a thing or two to learn in his play Evicted. The script will get a staged reading at 7:30 p.m. Monday at GableStage in the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables.
Margaret M. Ledford directs actors Alex Alvarez, Lindsay Forgey, David Kwiat, Deborah L. Sherman, Christian Vandepas and Ryan Didato. (Didato is appearing in GableStage’s production of Mike Bartlett’s Cock, which runs through June 16.) Admission is free; 305-445-1119, gablesstage.org.
Frank Cooper will present Baroque works on his custom replica of an 18th century harpsichord at 7:30 p.m. Saturday amid Spanish colonial art at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 3220 NW Seventh Ave., Miami. The program will also include a performance of Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in A Major by Jared Peroune and String Quartet.
The concert, co-sponsored by Saint Martha Concerts, is a fundraiser for Corpus Christi’s acquisition of the harpsichord. Suggested donation is $25, with tickets available at the door or saintmartha.tix.com; 305-458-0111.
‘Banality’ a hit
South Florida playwright Mario Diament’s A Report on the Banality of Love had its world premiere at Davie’s now-defunct Promethean Theatre in 2009. In that first production, Colin McPhillamy starred as German philosopher Martin Heidegger, with Amy McKenna playing his Jewish lover (and fellow philosopher) Hannah Arendt.
Now the play by the former Argentine journalist is being done in French translation in Paris, and Un rapport sur la banalité de l’amour is a hit. The critics love it, and the play was voted among the 20 best shows in Paris. Should your vacation take you to Paris, it’s playing at the Théatre de la Huchette.
Art at MDC
Miami-Dade College’s MDC Museum of Art + Design at the Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, has opened its summer season with a doubleheader, visual artist Yovani Bauta’s first solo show and a multi-media photo exhibit by three veteran Miami photographers.
Bauta’s Invisible Presence incorporates recent works, including an interactive installation, Head in the Bathroom, that explores privacy and false senses of security.
Flashback: Miami 1980s, conceived by Alexia Fodere with images by Miami Herald photographer Charles Trainor Jr. and his former colleague Donna Natale Planas, portrays a tumultuous decade in the Magic City.
The shows are on view, free of charge, noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through Aug. 10; 305-237-7700.
The Summer Theatre Fest reading series, sponsored by the South Florida Theatre League and WLRN, continues each Monday through Aug. 26. This week’s play is The Mother Issue by Kimberly Patterson, in which a woman finds motherhood all around her.
The free reading is at 8 p.m. at the Main Street Playhouse, 6766 Main St., Miami Lakes. For a complete schedule, visit southfloridatheatre.com.
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