Goodbye, My Friduchita, Dolores Sendler's solo play about the life of artist Frida Kahlo, has attracted sufficient audiences at FL's Coconut Grove Theatre to merit yet another extension. Originally supposed to end Jan. 18, the show previously extended to Feb. 15, then to Mar. 1,and then to March 29.
The show has now been extended to April 12.
Directed by Carbonell Award winner Barbara Lowery, Friduchita plays in the Encore Room, where (according to producing artistic director Arnold Mittelman), it has broken all previous box office records for that space.
Judith Delgado stars as Kahlo, who was married to muralist Diego Rivera. Both artists had numerous affairs, even though Kahlo was handicapped, both by a childhood bout with polio and by a bus accident in her teens. Said Mittelman of Kahlo, "an extraordinary life, fully lived."
Upcoming at the Coconut Grove Playhouse: * April 14-May 3: An Evening With Jerry Herman. A career overview with the composer of such Broadway shows as Hello, Dolly!, The Grand Tour and Mack And Mabel. Lee Roy Reams and Florence Lacey will join Herman in the revue, which replaces the previously announced, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. (By the way, Herman recently underwent triple bypass surgery but is recovering nicely.)
* May 8-31: To Kill A Mockingbird, adapted by Christopher Sergel from Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning book about a young girl named Scout, her attorney father, and the black man he defends in a Southern hamlet, circa 1930.
* Feb-May: Late Nite Catechism, also in the Encore Room space. It's the Chicago and Off-Broadway hit, by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan. Catechism is structured like a religion class, with "Sister" discussing the saints and answering questions about Catholicism.
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