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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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Saturday, May 16, 2020

See Around The World Theater From Your Living Room by Bill Hirschman

All the world’s a stage, in the case of Long Distance Affair, literally. Sitting in your living room in South Florida late this month, theater fans will be able to watch short plays beamed…

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Steinberg /ATCA and Osborn New Play Award Winners Named by Bill Hirschman

Playwright E.M. Lewis is the 2020 recipient of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg / American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award. The Steinberg/ATCA Award, which comes with a $25,000 prize…

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

You Can’t Stop The Beat: Well, At Least Online In So. Florida by Bill Hirschman

Trivia contests, master classes, solo performances, new play development online, lectures, podcast-like schmoozing interviews, requests for video audition, 24-hour theater projects, even sol…

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Answers To Our Not Annual Theater Geek Trivia Contest by Bill Hirschman

No, don't open this yet. Don't cheat. Sweeney is watching.

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Our Fifth Not Remotely Annual Theater Geek Trivia Contest by Bill Hirschman

So you think you know nearly everything about theater except when Broadway will reopen? (We will hold a betting pool next week). On an unreliably intermittent random basis over the years, we…

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Book Review: Bob Avian’s Engrossing Inside Look At Broadway “Dancing Man “ by Bill Hirschman

The paradigm of theater as a co-creative art is repeatedly depicted in Bob Avian’s autobiography Dancing Man, an engrossing account of the creation of theater seen from the inside in an il…

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Miami-Dade Arts Lost $22.8 Million Through March by Bill Hirschman

Already, the COVID-19 pandemic has cost the Miami-Dade arts and culture world an estimated $22.9 million and affected 1,700 jobs just through the end of March, according to the first figures…

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Act Two For SoFla Theater: A 2-Part Portrait One Month In by Bill Hirschman

One month into the nation-wide shutdown of live communal theater due to COVID-19, South Florida companies, like those in so many other regions, are trying to write Act Two with little clue h…

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Act Two For SoFla Theater: A 2-Part Portrait One Month In by Bill Hirschman

One month into the nation-wide shutdown of live communal theater due to COVID-19, South Florida companies, like those in so many other regions, are trying to write Act Two with little clue h…

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Joseph Adler, Transformative Titan And Champion Of South Florida Theater, Dies At 79 by Bill Hirschman

Joseph Adler, a titan who helped transform South Florida’s cultural landscape by mounting unblinking, dynamic work and aggressively championing local artists, died Thursday. Passionate and…

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Measure For Measure To Spread Angels In America Over 6 Nights by Bill Hirschman

Measure For Measure Theatre will deliver the entire Angels In America epic in a free online reading over the next two weeks in one of the most unusual arrangements the region has yet seen. T…

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Theatre Lab Sets 2nd Benefit — For Behind The Scenes Workers by Bill Hirschman

Theatre Lab is creating a second Online Monologue Festival culminating with an April 27 performance to benefit behind the scenes workers in South Florida theater such as stage managers, des…

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Main Street Players Taps Winners In New Play Competition by Bill Hirschman

Main Street Players, the Miami Lakes company that transformed from a community theater to professional status, has announced the winners of its 2020 New Play Competition Winners.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

More Online: New City Players, MNM, Miami New Drama by Bill Hirschman

Many South Florida theater companies are reaching out online to stay connected with their communities with free opportunities for interaction and learning, among them New City Players in For…

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Monday, April 6, 2020

No Prom Tonight, But Carbonells Tap Scholarship Winners by Bill Hirschman

The Carbonell Awards 44th annual gala was slated for Monday – and a future date has not been announced – but the organization announced the winners of its 2020 Jack Zink Memorial Student…

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Cappies Nominations Listed; Livestreamed Awards May 19 by Bill Hirschman

The South Florida Cappies program honoring student achievement in high school theater and criticism managed to finish its season and vote on the awards despite the challenge of COVID-19 that…

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Zev Buffman, Legendary Local & National Figure, Dead At 89 by Bill Hirschman

Nationally-known impresario Zev Buffman, a key figure in the evolution of South Florida theater, died Wednesday. Charismatic with an elfin visage and a slight accent from his origins in Isra…

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

SoFla Monologues: A Different Kind Of Room Where It Happens by Bill Hirschman

Across South Florida, 37 artists accustomed to performing in front of 50 to 1,000 people sat alone in their bedrooms, their kitchens, their patios, their backyards emoting just as earnestly …

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Full List Of Monologue Plays With Donation Contact Info by Bill Hirschman

To help with donations – and viewing your favorite performer – this is a list of every piece. The first figure is when the piece appears on the programs; the second item in italics is th…

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

League Creates Fund To Help Theaters Pay Laid Off Artists by Bill Hirschman

The South Florida Theatre League has started the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund, in light of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected live theater workers. The purpose is to help the…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Open A New Window: SoFla Theaters Reach Out Online by Bill Hirschman

South Florida stages are dormant, but the theaters themselves are not. Already, the community is trying to adapt to the exigencies of the current brave new world by offering imaginative init…

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Monday, March 23, 2020

“I’m Still Here” SoFla Theaters Say, But What Will ‘Here’ Be? by Bill Hirschman

In-depth report: Sets still standing on stages are silent pledges that these productions and theater itself in South Florida will resume – albeit in what many believe will be a different …

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Yes, The Show Does Go On – Online: A List of Websites by Bill Hirschman

Nothing can match the experience of live theater. But when such gatherings can be irresponsible, if not deadly, we need the healing, uplifting and just plain diverting gifts that theater pro…

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Friday, March 20, 2020

One Patron At Arsht’s March 15 Hamilton Reports Later Diagnosis Of COVAD-19 by Bill Hirschman

A patron attending the March 12 performance of Hamilton at the Arsht Center has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. The venue stressed that there have been no other reports connected…

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Full List of Openings/Closings by Bill Hirschman

This list of openings and closings is based on information provided primarily by the theaters and venues. It is accurate as of the time of posting, but patrons planning to attend shows that …

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Coronavirus: Miami New Drama Premiere Postponed; Others Redouble Cleaning Venues by Bill Hirschman

The Coronavirus is causing the postponement of some individual South Florida theater performances, including the eagerly awaited world premiere musical A Wonderful World at Miami New Drama. …

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Impressive ’20-21 Seasons: Bway In FTL, Actors’ Playhouse, Wick Theatre, Lake Worth Playhouse by Bill Hirschman

Titles announced by more South Florida theaters in their 2020-21 seasons including Broadway in Fort Lauderdale: To Kill A Mockingbird starring Richard Thomas, and Hamilton returns; Actors…

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