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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
Monday, May 3, 2021

Theater Up Close Lists Season With Night Music & Frankenstein by Bill Hirschman

Yet another promising sign that local venues are optimistic about resuming indoor theater is the announcement of the 10th season of the Arsht Center’s Theater Up Close series featuring the…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 12:12AM
Thursday, April 29, 2021

JCAT’s A Class Act Is Pretty Black & White Day In Court by Bill Hirschman

The line in the legal play A Class Act, "“For the right money, I’d settle with Hitler,” stands out as much as it does because the virtuous play and JCAT’s heavy-handed production are…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 08:18PM
Monday, April 26, 2021

Full Report On Proposed Changes To Carbonell Award by Bill Hirschman

The complete text of the proposed changes to the Carbonell Awards. The post Full Report On Proposed Changes To Carbonell Award first appeared on Florida Theater On Stage.

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:24PM

Carbonells Propose Major Overhaul With Audience Voters & Attention To Diversity by Bill Hirschman

A major overhaul of the Carbonell Awards for excellence in South Florida theater has been unveiled that expands the scope of the program to include a “people’s choice” award and concer…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:24PM
Friday, April 23, 2021

COVID Pushes Shorts A Year Out, Delays Arsht Bway Season by Bill Hirschman

The pandemic and other issues are causing some companies performing at the programs at the Arsht Center in Miami to once again rearrange schedules. They will delay the start of the Broadway …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 07:36PM
Friday, April 16, 2021

Wick To Open Chorus Line, But Don’t Try to Buy New Tickets by Bill Hirschman

The Wick Theatre is trying a singular paradigm: It will mount a full production of A Chorus Line beginning April 22 inside its auditorium. But its leaders decidedly do not want to sell any t…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 03:32PM
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

McKeever, Nottage Headline Dramaworks’ Next Season by Bill Hirschman

The world premiere of a Michael McKeever drama about the people who hid Anne Frank’s family and one of Lynn Nottage’s first mainstream successes about African Americans are among the fiv…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 05:24PM
Monday, April 12, 2021

Island City Stage Dives Deep Into Current Racial Divide by Bill Hirschman

In an exceedingly timely appearance, Island City Stage mounts a scathing production mirroring current tumult about race in America -- a taut, intense, drama The Niceties. The post Island Ci…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 08:24PM
Sunday, April 11, 2021

South Florida Theater Sprouting Back Up Live, Outdoors, Online by Bill Hirschman

Forgive the sappy saccharine metaphor, but it’s inescapable: Spring has arrived for South Florida theater with buds and shoots peeping out of the what was not barren but rocky ground. All …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 07:24PM
Thursday, April 8, 2021

“It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint,” Assures New Leader At GableStage, Bari Newport by Bill Hirschman

By Bill Hirschman It doesn’t take five minutes, maybe barely a minute talking to Bari Newport on the phone to realize why she was selected from a large field to be the producing artistic d…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:18PM
Monday, April 5, 2021

Ich Bin Ein Berliner Links Fall of Berlin Wall, Oppression in Cuba by Bill Hirschman

Theatre Lab invests its growing expertise in multi-media theater performance in Vanessa Garcia’s premiere of Ich Bin Ein Berliner, a heartfelt memoir of a Cuban-American girl who grows up …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 09:36PM
Saturday, April 3, 2021

GableStage Begins New Chapter With Bari Newport at the Helm by Bill Hirschman

Starting April 1, the new leader at the helm of GableStage will be Bari Newport, who has served for the past nine years as producing artistic director of the Penobscot Theatre Co. in Bangor,…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 03:54PM
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Theatre Lab Offers ‘Berliner’ 3 Ways Including Live – Sort Of by Bill Hirschman

Imaginative theatricality has imbued Theatre Lab’s projects, but this month’s just-outside-the-box venture is breaking the traditional paradigm even further. The premiere of Vanessa Garc…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 04:42PM
Monday, March 29, 2021

A Vibrant Emily Dickinson Soars in Video of Live Performance by Bill Hirschman

A superb evocation of the soul of Emily Dickinson from actress Margery Lowe and director William Hayes marks the video co-production from Palm Beach Dramaworks and Actors’ Playhouse of The…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:03PM

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