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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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 …

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Open a New Window: The Future of Florida Theater – Part Three by Bill Hirschman

One year into the global and personal tragedies, Florida theater has embraced the sole gift that the pandemic has given regional artists across the country: Unprecedented opportunity. Some c…

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Open a New Window: The Future of Florida Theater – Part Two by Bill Hirschman

One year into the global and personal tragedies, Florida theater has embraced the sole gift that the pandemic has given regional artists across the country: Unprecedented opportunity. Some c…

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Open a New Window: The Future of Florida Theater – Part One by Bill Hirschman

One year into the global and personal tragedies, Florida theater has embraced the sole gift that the pandemic has given regional artists across the country: Unprecedented opportunity. Some c…

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Art Heist Mixes Crime Mystery With Interactive Theater by Bill Hirschman

The Art Heist Experience is an interactive true-crime theater event inspired by the theft of 13 works of art worth $500 million from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990. Durin…

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Faced With Pandemic, Zoetic’s Improv Troupe Soldiers On by Bill Hirschman

As live arts and entertainment return in fits and starts, and our culture continues its tortoise crawl toward normal, one thing has become apparent: Face masks may be vital in impeding the s…

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Jan and Don McArt Recall Their Past In Radio Interview by Bill Hirschman

Radio producer-host Caroline Breder-Watts recorded interviews with theater professionals over the years. Among them was this conversation likely recorded in around 2011 between the actress-i…

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Today’s Isolation Echoes In Local Co-Pro Of The Belle Of Amherst by Bill Hirschman

In this time of quarantine, subtle resonances echo the underlying thread of Emily Dickinson’s isolation in Palm Beach Dramaworks and Actors Playhouse’s co-produced filming of the live pl…

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Book Review: Stoppard Bio Is As Complex As The Man Himself by Bill Hirschman

Most biographies factually mirror the life and times of their subject in a chronological narrative. But few mirror the complexity and structure of the subject’s own work with the stunning …

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Kravis Sets 2021-22 Broadway Tours With “Summer” & Hansen by Bill Hirschman

The Kravis Center’s Broadway tour series, resuming in November, will have the much-anticipated Come From Away and Dear Evan Hansen, but also titles that won’t be seen at the other two pr…

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Monday, February 15, 2021

‘Long Distance Affair’ Is Back For A Fresh Virtual Journey by Bill Hirschman

With most venues shut down for nearly a year, pandemic-era theater has taken many forms: But few digital productions have achieved what Miami’s Juggerknot Theatre Co. and New York’s Pop…

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Island City’s “Compensation” Pregnant With Potential by Bill Hirschman

Every emotion associated with pregnancy and pending parenthood is present in the 95 minutes of Hannah Manikowski’s smart and promising play Compensation. In fact, most of them appear on th…

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Arsht Center Plans Return With Broadway Tours In September by Bill Hirschman

Yet another stirring that theater will return to… well, maybe normal isn’t the word… was reaffirmed this week as the Arsht Center announced that the Miami presenting house will resume …

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Show Biz Legend Jan McArt Dies, Leaving Lasting Legacy by Bill Hirschman

Larger-than-life, effusive, generous and driven Jan McArt, a show business legend who helped push South Florida theater out of its infancy and through its adolescence with flair and verve, d…

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Broadway Tours Set ’21-’22 Schedules For Broward & Nation by Bill Hirschman

In a carefully calculated but hopeful sign of the recovering world of theater, Broadway Across America has scheduled the resumption this fall of its tours in 47 cities with full auditoriums …

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Collegial Beloved Stage Actor Peter Librach Dies of Cancer by Bill Hirschman

Peter Librach, the actor-director-producer-theatrical agent who worked at almost every South Florida theater and remembered by many as the epitome of a nurturing colleague, died Wednesday af…

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Area Stage Brings Imaginative Shrek Revival Out Of Doors by Bill Hirschman

Area Stage revives its imaginative 2018 production of Shrek the Musical as conceived, directed and designed by Giancarlo Rodaz, but with mostly new cast members, on an outdoor stage near its…

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Wick Theater’s Costume Arm: All Dressed Up, Few Places To Go by Bill Hirschman

When the pandemic curtain came crashing down, Marilynn Wick’s largest wardrobe supplier in the nation saw its business evaporate and A Chorus Line shut down after one performance. But the …

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Theatre Lab’s New Readings; Juggerknot Tours World Again by Bill Hirschman

Theatre Lab kicks off new reading series every 21 days through May; Juggerknot Theatre Company produces second world tour monologues in Long Distance Affair.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Carbonell Reboot Meet Favors Celebration Not Competition by Bill Hirschman

A celebration not a competition. The prevailing message from arts professionals and supporters Monday sought a seismic change in the prevailing philosophy of the Carbonell Awards that recogn…

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Stagebill’s Blog: A Crossroads for the Carbonell Awards by Bill Hirschman

It is time for everyone on all sides to put up or shut up. For the past few years, concerns about the Carbonell Awards have grown among many members of the South Florida theater community. …

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Friday, January 1, 2021

Grove Playhouse Battle Continues, Broward Grants $2.5 Million, Kravis Hires New CEO by Bill Hirschman

The county plan for the Coconut Grove Playhouse is still alive in court, Kravis hires new CEO Terrence Dwyer and Broward County awards $2.5 million in grants.

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Zoetic Open For Entries In Finstrom New Play Festival by Bill Hirschman

The Finstrom Festival of New Work, a new national playwriting contest, has just opened for entries – a competition whose finalists will undergo workshops, staged readings and possibly a fu…

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2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre