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Thursday, October 29, 2020

City Theatre Slates More Shorts; Slow Burn Plans In-Home Gala by Bill Hirschman

Usually fundraising galas are black tie events with hors d’oeuvres and dancing. Well, you can wear a black tie if you like, eat popcorn and dance if you like but in the privacy of your hom…

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Thinking Cap Theatre Delivers Timely Punch With Laced by Bill Hirschman

Thinking Cap Theatre, “a steadfast champion of gender, racial, and sexual equality on- and off-stage,” is using their current, strong world premiere production of Laced as a “Get Out T…

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Alvin Entin, Loving Pillar Of Community Theater, Dies at 75 by Bill Hirschman

Alvin Entin was an unique human being who invested his lifeforce in at least five passions simultaneously: proud family man, supportive friend who gifted a hundred silent mitzvahs, a far-tra…

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Rene Lavan Is A Star Of Stage, Screen … And Now Zoom by Bill Hirschman

Florida actor Rene Lavan is trying theater of a different sort. He’s starring alongside Tim Creavin in a recorded Zoom reading of Borrowed, the playwriting debut of Broadway producer Jim …

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Coming: Hamlet in the A.M., MNM Gets Closer Than Ever, Lupone Sends A Live Concert by Bill Hirschman

With exploratory baby steps, South Florida theater companies are staging events: A cut-down Hamlet by the Shakespeare Troupe, a filmed full production of Closer Than Ever by MNM, and Patti L…

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Virtual ‘Zoo Motel’ Explores Connection In An Isolated World by Bill Hirschman

By Christine Dolen Pre-pandemic, Thaddeus Phillips was a man most often in motion, traveling from his Colombian home base near Bogota for directing work in Europe, or per…

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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Imagination, Determination Mark SoFla Theaters’ Varied Efforts To “Re-Open” — In A Way by Bill Hirschman

Drive-in theater, theater behind storefront glass, podcasts: In spurts over 7 months, South Florida theater artists have been preparing experiments online and live, for free, for pay or don…

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Thinking Cap Rises To Stage Especially Relevant Shows by Bill Hirschman

Far from succumbing to fiscal and virus nightmares, Thinking Cap Theatre has been spurred by the intersection of politics and art to resurface this month with three online productions whose …

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Dramaworks Hosts Month of Readings By Lynn Nottage by Bill Hirschman

The work of two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage will be the focus of a series of free live online readings and subsequent discussions this month produced by the Palm Beac…

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Actors Playhouse Taps ‘Young Talent Big Dreams’ Winners by Bill Hirschman

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre announced the winners of its 10th annual Young Talent Big Dreams youth talent contest, this year held with virtual entries and performances.

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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Paul Reekie, Beloved Musical Director & Arranger, Dies At 48 by Bill Hirschman

Paul Reekie, a musical director and arranger for a wealth of South Florida theater productions, cabaret performances and the supportive accompanist at countless auditions, died unexpectedly …

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Briefs: Theatre Lab, Miami New Drama, Palm Beach Dramaworks by Bill Hirschman

Theatre Lab kicks off special projects, Miami New Drama has special reading of work in progress, Dramaworks gets new director of development

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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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