Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

South Florida Theater Sprouting Back Up Live, Outdoors, Online

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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GableStage Begins New Chapter With Bari Newport at the Helm

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.

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

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.

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A Vibrant Emily Dickinson Soars in Video of Live Performance

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 Belle of Amherst, filmed from live performances.

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

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 call this an intermission, but, it’s more apt to use “reset” and “reboot.” We synthesize what will we see on regional stages, what could happen how theaters operate and what should happen to fix what is broken?

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

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 call this an intermission, but, it’s more apt to use “reset” and “reboot.” We synthesize what will we see on regional stages, what could happen how theaters operate and what should happen to fix what is broken?

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

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 call this an intermission, but, it’s more apt to use “reset” and “reboot.” We synthesize what will we see on regional stages, what could happen how theaters operate and what should happen to fix what is broken?

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Art Heist Mixes Crime Mystery With Interactive Theater

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. During the play, masked audience groups walk around the crime scene (staged separately in Broward and Miami-Dade counties), interviewing “suspects,” then come up with the solution.

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