A few things come to mind when you think about Miami: beaches, nightclubs, beautiful people. But there's more to Miami than what meets the eye and mainstream media. Miami has a vibrant, growing artistic community that matches nearly any other in the country, and that certainly includes the city's bubbling theater scene. Miami's local theater offers diverse methods of expression and experiences sure to satisfy performance arts enthusiasts.

Villain Theater

If Improv is your jam, then make the Villain Theater your home away from home. The Villain Theater's improv troupe bounced around Miami for a while before finding a permanent nest in Little Haiti. The Villain Theater is charming and dimly lit, giving it the feel of a classic New York City comedy club. Depending on the night, you're in for either improv nights, stand-up, or even improv training classes.

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Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

The Ziff Opera House at The Adrienne Arsht Center is likely Miami's most iconic theater. It hosts everything from ballet to Broadway plays, festivals. and more. Performances here are high on ambition and artistic value, so prepare for one of the best shows you'll see this side of New York City. 

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The best way to describe the Micro Theater is cozy, short, and sweet. That's because the venue's name is, well, more than a name. The Micro Theater puts on short skits in a relatively small venue. Most of their productions are just 15-minute comedy skits that hit a variety of topics. 

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Like the Adrienne Arsht Center, the James L. Knight Center is high on prestige. In other words, you'll want to plan a visit here well in advance with classic productions like Les Miserables or The Wizard of Oz when they come to town. 

The Main Street Players

Miami Lakes is more of a suburb than an arts hub, but the Main Street Players club proves you don't have to hike down to the Miami Arts District for a taste of culture. This quaint community theater showcases local actors and playwrights hoping to make their mark in the local arts scene.

Jerry Herman Ring Theatre

Universities often serve as hubs for creatives and artistry, and the University of Miami's Jerry Herman Ring Theater is no exception. The venue is named after a UM-alum who went on to produce and compose for some of Broardway's biggest plays. Such prestigious history requires prestigious productions, and they regularly put on classics such as Hamlet and Rent.

A day at the theater is a luxury some people are not fortunate to have easy access to. Luckily, Miami is one of the country's most cosmopolitan cities with a variety of options when it comes to local theatre.

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