Volume 47, Number 11 - February 2, 2010

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Shelby Contreras
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The romantic satire revolves around the relationship between two college students—Freeman, an African-American man and Angelita, a Latin woman.

Off-Broadway play that relates to the Miami culture

By Shelby Contreras

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts presents the award-winning multicultural romantic comedy Platanos and Collard Greens

No one should miss this thought-provoking production that president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center, M. John Richard, has called a refreshing romantic-comedy that seems tailor- made for Miami.

From Feb. 17-28, this off-Broadway play will commemorate its sixth year of production at the Ziff Ballet Opera House, making it the longest running Off-Broadway African-American and Latino play.

The romantic satire revolves around the relationship between two college students—Freeman, an African-American man and Angelita, a Latin woman. It showcases the obstacles the couple faces while dealing with prejudices from family and friends who are having difficulty accepting their interracial romance.

“It’s something we thought would strike home in Miami,” said David Lamb, Platanos and Collard Greens playwright.

The production explains the roots of the cultural interaction between African-Americans and Latinos in a humorous and charming way that leaves you laughing and thinking. Incorporated spoken word poetry and hip-hop influences also give this modern day West Side Story extra color.

“Even though it [has] serious issues [that are being addressed in the play], its funny,” said Jamillah Lamb Platanos and Collard Greens producer and David Lamb’s wife. “It’s dealing with issues that people want to talk about.”

Find out for what about Platanos and Collard Greens has theatre-goers in New York and college students across the nation coming back for more. Miami Dade College students can get discounted tickets of $25 for the Feb. 17 -18 shows.

“The audience ranges from college students to people in their 60s,” said David Lamb.

Regular tickets are $35. For additional ticket information and purchases, call the box office at (305) 949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org.

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