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 tickets. For good reason. Plus it also is announcing its upcoming season.
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 five titles in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ 2021-2022 season – planned to be mounted inside its auditorium.
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.
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 you have to do is look at the Florida Theater On Stage calendar or Facebook or the inbox of your email for the next two or three weeks with programs competing head-to-head not just online but in person.
It doesn’t take five minutes, maybe barely a minute talking to Bari Newport to realize why she was selected to be the producing artistic director at GableStage. Her voice and her words exude energy, vitality and imagination as she faces the considerable challenges of taking the position left by the death of Joseph Adler, and not just keeping a venerable institution alive during a pandemic but looking ahead at growing it.
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 perceiving a growing, resonance between Berlin escaping Communism when the Wall fell in 1989 and the unrealized-as-yet dream of Cuba escaping Communism.
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, Maine.
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 Garcia’s Ich Bin Ein Berliner offers three different ways to experience the same raw material, including a live in-person presentation — of sorts.