By Tom Austin
Updated: January 24, 2017
Jorge Vismara

Through July 26, the 30th International Hispanic Theatre Festival—an annual event since 1986—is bringing some serious performances to Miami. Organized by Mario Ernesto Sanchez of the city’s Teatro Avante, the festival will embrace all kinds of diverse terrain on the stage, presenting some of the best theatre companies from Latin America and Europe, with a special tribute to Brazil’s contributions to the arts in this year’s program.

The weekend of July 17 and 18, at the Carnival Studio Theater, Teatro de Babel and Dramafest of Mexico City are presenting “Simulacro de Idilio” (“A Simulated Romance”) in Spanish. The play is a study of the moral dilemmas facing a middle-school teacher. Across town, at the On.Stage Black Box Theatre, “Swallows” (“Golandrinas”)—presented in English with Spanish subtitles by New York’s Sinteatros Intimus—examines the conflicts of Venezuela through the prism of a fractured family.

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Next weekend, July 24 to July 26, the festival takes on Spain with “Escriba su Nombre Aquí” (“Write your Name Here”), an experimental piece by Cuarto Y Mitad Teatro of Madrid, conducted in Spanish with English subtitles. Complot of Montevideo, Uruguay, wraps up the festival with a Spanish-with-English-subtitles version of Gabriel Calderón’s “Ex-que Revienten Los Actores” or, “Ex—To Hell with the Actors.” In the world of international theater, it’s always good to end things with a title that injects a note of irony.

Tom Austin is based in Miami and covers the Florida beat for Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter at @TomAustin

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