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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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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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