The much-loved playwright and patron Tony Finstrom died in December 2018, but the curtain has not come down on his effect on the South Florida theater he championed. The Silver Palm Awards that he co-founded and helped fund will continue “in perpetuity” thanks to a legacy gift that has come to fruition, according to the Our Fund Foundation that will administer the Tony Finstrom Fund.
It’s not lost on anyone as these Florida actors sing ardent songs to each other — separated by six feet of stage — that the musical they are filming is titled Closer Than Ever. It’s impossible to ignore that resonance in MNM Theatre Company’s production currently being edited for online streaming release Nov. 27-Dec. 31.
Palm Beach Dramaworks postponed its live on stage season, but it continues an aggressive online parade theatrical presentations for free in November and December with a three-play Home for the Holidays series: readings of The Trip to Bountiful, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and A Christmas Carol.
Samuel French, one of the major playscript publishers in the nation, is releasing a new acting edition of the Thornton Wilder classic Our Town featuring some scenes translated into Spanish and Creole pioneered by Miami New Drama’s 2017 production.
The Wick Theatre and Actors’ Playhouse have scheduled their first productions inside their main auditoriums. The Wick opens this weekend with a John Denver tribute concert and the Playhouse offers the family musical Madeleine’s Christmas at the end of the month.
Palm Beach County may be famous for the number and generosity of arts donors, but recent losses paint a deeply unsettling portrait. Survey responses from 33 non-profit arts groups produced an estimated total $48 million in revenue already lost and expected to be lost by the end of the calendar year due to the pandemic.
For arts fans looking for a bit of good news, the Kravis Center and the Broward Center are on track to be the first of the region’s large presenting houses to host a live event with an in-person audience inside one of its venues. They aren’t theater per se, but they mark a milestone in live presentations.
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 home at Slow Burn Theatre Company’s online Fireside Gala at Nov. 14. And if you are looking for a little Halloween a day early: City Theater is presenting four “short” and “spooky” playlets live on Facebook . Oct. 30.