8567 Coral Way #355
Miami, FL 33155
Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
The Sunken Living Room by David Caudle
April 6 - May 7, 2006
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In a co-production with Southern Rep,
Directed by Ryan Rilette.
with Arianne Ellison, Pamela Roza, John Magaro and Rudy Mungaray.
The Sunken Living Room won the 2005 Southern New Plays
Festival and was a Gold Medal Finalist for the Pinter Review Prize for Drama, 2004.
Wade just wants to finish his homework and keep his family together as the world
around him changes while his mother is off playing bridge, his airline pilot father
is off playing around, and his brother is off on a drug binge with a girlfriend.
Slated for a world premiere in November '05 at Southern Rep in New Orleans, the
play was cancelled when Katrina came to town.
"Unsettling, funny, poignant... finally getting that premiere, as a co-production of New Theatre and Southern Repertory...
worth the wait... full of humor, compassion, keen observation and period-perfect language... Magaro's Wade... is a kid who swings
from intellectual confidence to emotional/social awkwardness... in the end, adorable... Mungaray gives a performance that exudes
both intensity and complexity... Ellison... communicates her character's duality, her tough exterior and vulnerable interior...
Roza... suggests a self-absorbed mother who has had it up to here... The Sunken Living Room is an artistically impressive way to
- Christine Dolen, Miami Herald
"...After 20 years, the New Theatre is going out with a bang and a flourish as it prepares to leave its Coral Gables home...
The Sunken Living Room, a one-night maelstrom in the life of a troubled Miami family, pushes all the right buttons to create
an intense wave of déjà vu... Mungaray delivers a performance that seems an adolescent riff on Al Pacino in the Scarface
remake... John Magaro is fascinating as Wade... Ellison easily creates sexual tension New Theatre veteran Pamela Roza... a small but
convincing performance... The Sunken Living Room is a drama with much to say about growing up too soon in a world that's moving
too fast... Ryan Rilette from the Southern Rep compensates by generating an aggressive and staccato pace that is its own virtue...
Jesse Dreikosen's set shouts "Kendall," and K. Blair Brown's costuming illustrates the period. Lighting is by Michael Foster and,
with Ricardo Mungaray's sound cues, clearly takes the story through a rough-and-tumble day in purgatory."
- Jack Zink, Sun Sentinel