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 tour de force for actor Thomas Mark.
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 Beach Dramaworks, Theatre Lab, Thinking Cap Theatre, Renegade Theatre Company & Conservatory, and the Silver Knight Awards in drama. Much more in the next few days. Curtain up.
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 eight adult actors doubling and tripling parts, Miss Hannigan is a man in drag — and there are no children.
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 double doors of the saloon, secretly on the trail of two wanted criminals. But there’s a slight difference from the oaters in which Sheriff John Wayne restored justice to a sleepy town.
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.
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 return of an earlier success and a contemporary play described as “an unflinching portrait of being Black and gay in America today.”
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. But in the meantime…..
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 work of Zoetic Stage and City Theatre, slated to kick off in October.