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Monday, September 21, 2020

Theater Artists Struggle With Unique Fears, Fallout And Uncertainty From Virus Drama by Bill Hirschman

Six months into the pandemic, theater artists are struggling with a profoundly damaging dimension particular to their purgatory-like limbo: The calling that gives their lives meaning require…

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Monday, September 7, 2020

News Briefs: New City Players, Actors Playhouse, Main Street Players, Miami-Dade Losses by Bill Hirschman

The virus hasn't stopped South Florida companies from planning, rescheduling and retooling projects.

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Friday, August 28, 2020

Carbonells Agree To Diversity Overhaul; Cancels Eligibility Of Shows Through Year’s End by Bill Hirschman

Strong wide-ranging criticism has prompted the Carbonell Awards to begin systemic changes connected to diversity. It also will not consider upcoming productions through early 2021 due to the…

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Maltz Postpones Season A Full Year To Jumpstart Construction by Bill Hirschman

Taking advantage of the uncertain months ahead for full productions, the Maltz Jupiter Theater is delaying its entire next season a full year so that it can speed up its long-planned $30-pl…

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Zoetic Sweeps Online Carbonell Gala With Focus On Diversity by Bill Hirschman

The 44th annual Carbonell Awards celebration Monday was unique, not simply because it was online, but because of its noticeable acknowledgement of the diversity of the South Florida theater …

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Complete List Of Winners & Stats For 44th Carbonell Awards by Bill Hirschman

Complete listing of nominees and winners of the competitive categories for the 44th annual Carbonell Awards, plus box score statistics

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Miami-Dade Cultural Damage Mounts, But A Bit Of Good News by Bill Hirschman

The continuing damage that the COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted on the area’s cultural world – and the region’s economic health -- continues to mount, according to ongoing figures gathe…

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: County’s Grove Playhouse Plan Dealt Another Legal Setback by Bill Hirschman

The campaign to reopen the Coconut Grove Playhouse with a smaller auditorium built behind a restored façade suffered another setback Wednesday in the 14-year saga, according to court record…

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GableStage Opens Season Of Premiered Multi-Media Work by Bill Hirschman

The actual stage at GableStage may be dark, but the company has replaced the rest of its virus-interrupted 2019-2020 season with a glimpse of what may be one of the evolving facets of the fu…

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

What South Florida Theater Will Look Like When It Reopens by Bill Hirschman

As a handful of local venues gingerly tried to reopen in recent weeks and others prepare detailed plans for the future, a regimen of detailed protocols ranging from parking to popcorn to Pla…

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Friday, July 10, 2020

South Florida Theatre League Taps 2020 Remy Award Winners by Bill Hirschman

The prestigious 2020 Remy Awards honoring “unsung heroes who provide outstanding service behind the scenes” have been announced by the South Florida Theatre League: Matt Stabile, Tim Dav…

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Carbonell Awards To Bradshaw, Dramaworks, Shanley & Amparo by Bill Hirschman

A veteran actress, an acclaimed theater company, a venue executive and a ground-breaking production will be recognized with the Carbonell’s “special awards” when the program is present…

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Arsht Lays Off Staff, Cuts Salaries And Slices Upcoming Season Budget In Half by Bill Hirschman

The Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, one of the most high profile performing arts venues in the state, is cutting its coming fiscal year’s $42 million budget in half and just laid off, furl…

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Hamilton From Home – Your Room Where It Happens by Bill Hirschman

Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother has arrived for many theater lovers. Surely, snagging a seat for a performance of Hamilton has often seemed impossible. Indeed, ticket prices and sold out perf…

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Theatre League Summerfest Goes Virtual & Adds Workshops by Bill Hirschman

The South Florida Theatre League is adapting its seventh annual Summer Theatre Fest of play readings across the region in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s also expanding the event…

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Miami Whale of a Tale Gets National Virtual Reading by Bill Hirschman

Jenna and the Whale, which will get a high-profile virtual reading on Broadway On Demand at 5:30 p.m. June 30, is that rare exception: It’s a piece created by a pair of playwrights, Vaness…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Proposed Reforms For Theaters & Added Reading by Bill Hirschman

Many people are asking what steps can theaters, funders and patrons take to address these issues. In our interviews and in other articles published across the country, here are action items …

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Shows With Racial Themes Or Elements In South Florida 2015-2020 by Bill Hirschman

This is a list of most of the productions in professional theaters in the three counties in which the major or secondary theme dealt with race, acknowledged diversity, or intentionally featu…

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Racism & South Florida Theater: Changing The Dance Steps by Bill Hirschman

Asked to spotlight specific problems and potential solutions, everybody had a story of racism infecting the South Florida theater community. Some cited unintentional micro-aggressions in pr…

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Losses To Miami-Dade & Broward Arts Groups Climb Higher In New Figures by Bill Hirschman

With few theaters seeing relief anytime soon, new updated data show that the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to hammer the arts communities in Miami-Dade and Broward counties with losses in …

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Arsht Lists Titles & Dates For Zoetic Stage /City Theatre by Bill Hirschman

The Arsht Center for the Performing Arts announced titles and dates for its Theater Up Close series, slated to begin in early December with locally-produced works from Zoetic Stage and City …

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Coconut Grove Playhouse Back In Court For Key Hearing by Bill Hirschman

Fourteen years after the Coconut Grove Playhouse shuttered and almost exactly one year after another round of court proceedings began, opposing attorneys from Miami-Dade County and the City …

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Delayed Carbonells To Be Awarded In Online Gala August 3 by Bill Hirschman

The virus-delayed 44th annual Carbonell Awards will be presented August 3, but the usually boisterous “Theater Prom” will be held online and include an acknowledgment of the current tumu…

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

GableStage Opens Commissions For Brand-New Online Works by Bill Hirschman

GableStage is coping with the death of Joseph Adler plus the shuttering of live performances, but it has started new initiative meant to originate new material and support artists financiall…

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Breaking News: Broward To Allow Some Theaters To Reopen by Bill Hirschman

Theaters and performing arts venues in Broward County can apply for permission to reopen as early as June 15 – decided case by case based on meeting undisclosed guidelines. Also, the count…

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Looking Back At City Theatre On It’s 25th Anniversary, Despite A Pandemic Pause by Bill Hirschman

Next month was to have marked a milestone anniversary for City Theatre and the company’s much-admired Summer Shorts festival. This pandemic pause notwithstanding, it’s an appropriate tim…

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Local Theater Students Honored With Silver Knight Awards by Bill Hirschman

Two high school seniors, including the co-author of the anthem memorializing the Parkland High School shooting, won the Silver Knight Award in the drama category last week recognizing effort…

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Theatre League Ongoing Fundraiser Aids Gig Artists by Bill Hirschman

More than 60 local theater professionals contracted to work in productions in March and April have shared some of the $12,000 that South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund has raised through…

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Students Get South Florida Cappies Awards In Online Gala by Bill Hirschman

The COVID-19 virus did not rob this high school generation of the chance to honor each other’s work in the South Florida Cappies organization's slickly-produced online celebration livestre…

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

COVID’s Effect On Miami-Dade Arts Persists And Worsens by Bill Hirschman

New figures show that the COVID-19 pandemic continued to gut punch the arts community in Miami-Dade County through last month with a total loss estimated at nearly $43 million and costing mo…

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

StageBill Blog: Feeding Your Habit When There’s No Theater by Bill Hirschman

For lovers of live theater, this “intermission” in communal gathering creates a hunger for more than online bare bones performances from the camera in someone’s cellphone. But there is…

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