A big nod to Ni­co­las Cage

The trib­ute to the ac­tor’s ca­reer is part of the O, Mi­ami Po­etry Fes­ti­val.

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Phillip Valys Staff writer

The cas­tles. The ob­ses­sion with Elvis and di­nosaur skulls. The over­the-top act­ing. The un­ex­pected joys of ac­tor Ni­co­las Cage and his rep­u­ta­tion for ex­cess will be cel­e­brated dur­ing “I Know Why the Nick Cage Screams,” a free the­ater event this Wed­nes­day at Mi­ami’s Olympia The­ater.

The Ni­co­las Cage trib­ute is part of the O, Mi­ami Po­etry Fes­ti­val, a month­long lit­er­ary bash that car­ries the am­bi­tious mis­sion of ex­pos­ing ev­ery­one in Mi­ami-Dade County to po­etry.

The Knight Foun­da­tion-funded fes­ti­val, which be­gan April 1, will con­clude this year’s edi­tion on April 30.

But what does salut­ing a wild-at-heart ac­tor have to do with po­etry, ex­actly? Not much, says P. Scott Cunningham, founder of O Mi­ami.

“The way that Ni­co­las Cage speaks, his pac­ing, his phras­ing — he can man­age to squeeze po­etry out of re­ally bad scripts,” Cunningham says.

“He makes bad movies watch­able by how he per­forms in them.”

“I Know Why the Nick Cage Screams” will fea­ture an evening of cock­tails and video clips, sketch com­edy and haiku com­pe­ti­tions, and bur­lesque and boy­lesque tributes to the 54-year-old ac­tor’s ca­reer.

The event is the brain­child of Gaby Fer­nan­dez, di­rec­tor of Mi­ami-based com­pany Front Yard The­atre Col­lec­tive, and her pro­ducer, Melissa Gomez.

Fer­nan­dez says the event will take place in­side the Olympia The­ater’s lobby, where Front Yard per­forms im­prov com­edy ev­ery third Wed­nes­day of the month.

A Ni­co­las Cage-in­spired shrine, con­tain­ing can­dles, pho­tos and video clips, will also be erected in the Olympia’s lobby, she says.

“Ni­co­las Cage’s act­ing is po­etry,” Fer­nan­dez says. “He has all this debt and needs to make crappy movies to keep up with his life­style, but Nick Cage has never pre­tended to be any­one other than Nick Cage. And that’s why we cel­e­brate him.”

“I Know Why the Nick Cage Screams” will take place 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day at the Olympia The­ater, 174 E. Fla­gler St., in Mi­ami. Ad­mis­sion is free. Call 305-374-2444 or go to OMi­ami.org and OlympiaTheater.org.

pvalys@sunsen­tinel.com or 954-356-4364

NOAH LEVY/COUR­TESY

“I Know Why the Nick Cage Screams” will fea­ture video clips, sketch com­edy and po­etry tributes to the ac­tor.

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