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Monday, September 20, 2021

News: Miami New Drama, Main Street Players, MNM, Area Stage, Silver Palms, Actors’ Playhouse, Kravis, GableStage, Tovah Feldshuh by Bill Hirschman

Theater isn’t just coming back to life, it’s emerging in a score of ways. Here’s a sampling of opening nights, fundraisers, new venues, even a call for ushers. News about Miami New Dra…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 03:06PM
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Carbonells Detail ’21-22 Changes by Bill Hirschman

Broad changes to the Carbonell Awards, designed to assuage a theatrical community whose love-hate relationship has exacerbated in recent years, were detailed Monday. Many changes reflect a r…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 03:03PM
Sunday, September 12, 2021

2021-22 SoFla Theater Will Be A Season Of Asterisks (Part 3 of 3) by Bill Hirschman

The show will go on for South Florida theater, but 2021-2022 will be a season of asterisks, what ifs and when. In a three-part series, we talk to artistic and managing directors about why th…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 06:06PM
Saturday, September 11, 2021

2021-22 SoFla Theater Will Be A Season Of Asterisks (Part 2 of 3) by Bill Hirschman

The show will go on for South Florida theater, but 2021-2022 will be a season of asterisks, what ifs and when. In a 3-part series, we talk to artistic and managing directors about awhy this …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 08:06PM
Friday, September 10, 2021

2021-22 SoFla Theater Will Be A Season Of Asterisks (Part 1 of 3) by Bill Hirschman

The show will go on for South Florida theater, but 2021-2022 will be a season of asterisks, what ifs and when. In a three-part series, we talk to artistic directors and managing directors ab…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 05:54PM

2021 Remy Awards Announced by Bill Hirschman

The 2021 Remy Awards honoring those who provide outstanding service behind the scenes to the region’s theater community were announced this week by the South Florida Theatre League. The li…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 12:32PM
Thursday, September 9, 2021

Carbonells To Unveil New System, Judges, Other Changes by Bill Hirschman

Major changes for the Carbonell Awards honoring excellence in South Florida theater will be unveiled Monday at a town hall meeting live and online will reveal a new team of judges, a new jud…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:12AM
Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Broward & Arsht Centers to Require Proof of Negative COVID Test or Vaccination by Bill Hirschman

The Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale and the Arsht Center in Miami will require all audience members to provide proof of a negative COVID test or proof of full vaccination to be admitted to…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 07:42PM
Sunday, September 5, 2021

Despite The 10-Foot Star, ‘Mastodon’ Not Just Child’s Play by Bill Hirschman

Yes, there is broad humor, over-the-top characters, cartoonish sets, a fairy tale vibe and a 10-foot tall puppet, but Theatre Lab makes it clear that Rachel Teagle’s world premiere script …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:48PM
Saturday, August 21, 2021

Hilarious, Moving ‘Fuacata’ Returns Even More Relevant by Bill Hirschman

Fuácata! has been tweaked by star Elena Maria Garcia and director Stuart Meltzer with references to non-binary, Uber and “draining the swamp.” But the exuberantly hilarious and moving w…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 05:24PM
Monday, August 2, 2021

Review: In The Room Where Sunday in the Park Happened by Bill Hirschman

It’s almost impossible to accurately depict the guts of the creative process, let alone make its intricacies interesting. But director-librettist James Lapine has not only conquered that t…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 09:36PM
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Main Street Players’ Wolf & Badger Wrestles With Post-Recession, Pre-Trump America by Bill Hirschman

The ghosts of Eugene O’Neill and Sam Shepard creak the floorboards of Main Street Players’ Wolf & Badger, the latest exorcism of filial trauma from New Jersey playwright Michael John…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 02:12PM
Monday, July 26, 2021

Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s 2021-2022 Season by Bill Hirschman

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre has announced its 2021-22 season. The post Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s 2021-2022 Season first appeared on Florida Theater On Stage.

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 12:48AM

Maltz Construction Produces A Surprise In The New Season by Bill Hirschman

The show must go on, and it absolutely will, assures Maltz Jupiter Theatre chief Andrew Kato. But the first show of the season won’t be inside the theater under construction. The locally-p…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 12:48AM
Thursday, July 22, 2021

GableStage’s 2021-2022 Season by Bill Hirschman

GableStage’s 23rd season under its new producing artistic director Bari Newport will have more productions and additional performances in what is currently planned to be offered in full ho…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 12:06AM

GableStage Reopens Eclectic Season With Adler’s The Price by Bill Hirschman

Echoing the resurrection of local theater, the new artistic director Bari Newport will inaugurate GableStage’s 2021-2022 season in November directing the late Joseph Adler’s detailed pla…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 12:06AM
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Ingenue Of Theatre Lab’s Next Show Is …. Well, Unusual by Bill Hirschman

Not exactly svelte, and, yes, her taste in clothing leaves a bit to be desired, her grooming is decidedly askew and her gait will never be described as slinky. But the lovely Jess will likel…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:48PM
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Empire Stage Mounts Last Premiere For Michael Aman by Bill Hirschman

Local playwright Michael Aman, whose died of cancer in May and whose Poz won the Best New Work Carbonell for the 2015, will have yet one more world premiere this month with the bow of Off Ba…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 08:54PM
Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Four New Members Further Diversify Carbonell Board by Bill Hirschman

In the wake of contentions that leadership in the South Florida theater community is not sufficiently diverse or sensitive enough to racial concerns, the Carbonell Awards board of directors …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:24PM
Monday, June 28, 2021

Studying Themselves Instead Of Lines, SoFla Artists Look At Lessons From Pandemic by Bill Hirschman

Many artists define themselves by a calling relying on faith that their art form will always be there. But in 2020, the foundation of their sense of who they were and what they believed made…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 03:36PM
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

News: Primal Forces Reborn; In The Heights @ Arsht; Dramaworks’ Wilson & Wendy; Audio Plays @ Theatre Lab by Bill Hirschman

Lots of News: Primal Forces reorganizes as Boca Stage, Dramaworks series on August Wilson and Wendy Wasserstein, Local production of In The Heights set for Arsht, Theatre Lab reads new audio…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:36PM
Thursday, June 17, 2021

Area Stage’s Inventive Rethink Of Annie Is Fresh and Engaging by Bill Hirschman

Young, visionary director Giancarlo Rodaz’s winning approach in Area Stage Company’s current unorthodox, yet triumphant production of the classic musical Annie features eight adult act…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 08:32PM
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Story of a Life Traces Harrowing Journey of Alzheimer Caregivers by Bill Hirschman

It’s an obvious truism that most theater art – from dialogue to the lighting design – is partly a product of the artists’ past experience. But playwright-director Amy London’s Stor…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:32PM
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Slavery & Mythos of the West Haunt M Ensemble’s Cowboy by Bill Hirschman

M Ensemble's production of Layon Gray's Cowboy is everything audiences expect of a rousing western, but it’s also an inherent indictment. It is not of little significance that the play is …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:24PM
Sunday, June 6, 2021

Bright Colors Is Manic Tour de Force for Island City Stage by Bill Hirschman

Drew Droege’s Bright Colors and Bold Patterns deftly avoids common tropes of the solo show in its compulsively watchable regional premiere at Island City Stage, a fringe festival-style tou…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:36AM
Friday, June 4, 2021

News From Juggerknot, Dramaworks, Thinking Cap, Zoetic, Renegade, Theatre Lab by Bill Hirschman

South Florida theater was rarely dormant during the pandemic; but a torrent of honors, projects and prizes are surfacing quickly including Juggerknot Theatre Company, Zoetic Stage, Palm Beac…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:24PM
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

8 Actors, No Kids: Area Stage To Bow ‘Annie’ Like None Other by Bill Hirschman

For its next professional production, South Miami’s Area Stage Company promises the musical Annie “like you’ve never seen before” later this month. It's set in a speakeasy, has eig…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 03:33PM
Saturday, May 29, 2021

M Ensemble’s Hosts A Cowboy John Wayne Never Knew by Bill Hirschman

In Cowboy, the new dramatic play opening in June at M Ensemble in Miami, the gun-totin’ U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves, traditionally garbed down to the required Stetson, strides through the dou…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 12:48PM
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Miami New Drama’s 7 Deadly Sins Wins National Award by Bill Hirschman

Miami New Drama’s innovative 7 Deadly Sins production, which has garnered attention around the country, has won a new category from the annual Drama League Awards. The post Miami New Drama…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:54AM
Thursday, May 13, 2021

Island City To Deliver Williams’ Summer, Ludlam, Premiere by Bill Hirschman

Island City Stage celebrates its tenth season with the anticipated Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly, Last Summer sidelined by the pandemic, plus a world premiere, a Charles Ludlam classic, a r…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:48AM
Tuesday, May 11, 2021

News: Dramaworks Talks With Stars, Silver Palms Returns, Theatre Lab Writing Program by Bill Hirschman

As the local theater scene ramps up, more and more news including the announcement every few days of a traditional season – which we will roll out one at a time over the next few weeks. Bu…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 08:12PM

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