Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

Rene Lavan Is A Star Of Stage, Screen … And Now Zoom

Florida actor Rene Lavan is trying theater of a different sort. He’s starring alongside Tim Creavin in a recorded Zoom reading of Borrowed, the playwriting debut of Broadway producer Jim Kierstead.

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Coming: Hamlet in the A.M., MNM Gets Closer Than Ever, Lupone Sends A Live Concert

With exploratory baby steps, South Florida theater companies are staging events: A cut-down Hamlet by the Shakespeare Troupe, a filmed full production of Closer Than Ever by MNM, and Patti LuPone in a livestreamed concert for the Broward Center.

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Virtual ‘Zoo Motel’ Explores Connection In An Isolated World

By Christine Dolen ArtburstMiami.com Pre-pandemic, Thaddeus Phillips was a man most often in motion, traveling from his Colombian home base near Bogota for directing work in Europe, or performing his own theater pieces throughout the United States and elsewhere. In February, as …

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Imagination, Determination Mark SoFla Theaters’ Varied Efforts To “Re-Open” — In A Way

Drive-in theater, theater behind storefront glass, podcasts: In spurts over 7 months, South Florida theater artists have been preparing experiments online and live, for free, for pay or donations. As many are coming into view this fall, they are coalescing into a new if temporary paradigm that holds out hope for the survival of the genre.

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Thinking Cap Rises To Stage Especially Relevant Shows

Far from succumbing to fiscal and virus nightmares, Thinking Cap Theatre has been spurred by the intersection of politics and art to resurface this month with three online productions whose relevance resonates with this exact time and place.

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Dramaworks Hosts Month of Readings By Lynn Nottage

The work of two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage will be the focus of a series of free live online readings and subsequent discussions this month produced by the Palm Beach Dramaworks. A cadre of local actors will perform in livestreamed Zoom-based productions of Intimate Apparel, Sweat and Crumbs from the Table of Joy.

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Actors Playhouse Taps ‘Young Talent Big Dreams’ Winners

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre announced the winners of its 10th annual Young Talent Big Dreams youth talent contest, this year held with virtual entries and performances.

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Paul Reekie, Beloved Musical Director & Arranger, Dies At 48

Paul Reekie, a musical director and arranger for a wealth of South Florida theater productions, cabaret performances and the supportive accompanist at countless auditions, died unexpectedly Friday at his home in Boca Raton at the age of 48.

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Briefs: Theatre Lab, Miami New Drama, Palm Beach Dramaworks

Theatre Lab kicks off special projects, Miami New Drama has special reading of work in progress, Dramaworks gets new director of development

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Theater Artists Struggle With Unique Fears, Fallout And Uncertainty From Virus Drama

Six months into the pandemic, theater artists are struggling with a profoundly damaging dimension particular to their purgatory-like limbo: The calling that gives their lives meaning requires interaction with other people in the same room. Late this summer, 33 South Florida storytellers agreed to draw back the curtain on their backstage battles that form the spine of an all too real three-act drama.

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