Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

Area Stage Brings Imaginative Shrek Revival Out Of Doors

Area Stage revives its imaginative 2018 production of Shrek the Musical as conceived, directed and designed by Giancarlo Rodaz, but with mostly new cast members, on an outdoor stage near its new home at a shopping center.

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Wick Theater’s Costume Arm: All Dressed Up, Few Places To Go

When the pandemic curtain came crashing down, Marilynn Wick’s largest wardrobe supplier in the nation saw its business evaporate and A Chorus Line shut down after one performance. But the company is fighting back with revues in its lobby and plans to reopen the musical.

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Theatre Lab’s New Readings; Juggerknot Tours World Again

Theatre Lab kicks off new reading series every 21 days through May; Juggerknot Theatre Company produces second world tour monologues in Long Distance Affair.

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Carbonell Reboot Meet Favors Celebration Not Competition

A celebration not a competition. The prevailing message from arts professionals and supporters Monday sought a seismic change in the prevailing philosophy of the Carbonell Awards that recognize excellence in South Florida theater.

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Stagebill’s Blog: A Crossroads for the Carbonell Awards

It is time for everyone on all sides to put up or shut up. For the past few years, concerns about the Carbonell Awards have grown among many members of the South Florida theater community. The opportunity now is here do something about it. Here’s how.

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Grove Playhouse Battle Continues, Broward Grants $2.5 Million, Kravis Hires New CEO

The county plan for the Coconut Grove Playhouse is still alive in court, Kravis hires new CEO Terrence Dwyer and Broward County awards $2.5 million in grants.

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Zoetic Open For Entries In Finstrom New Play Festival

The Finstrom Festival of New Work, a new national playwriting contest, has just opened for entries – a competition whose finalists will undergo workshops, staged readings and possibly a full production at Zoetic Stage in Miami.

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2020 SoFla Theater: What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been

A look back at 2020: Yes, South Florida theater was crippled by the pandemic. But its acolytes remained driven to express their artistry, and patrons remained ravenous for their work. They continued to explore projects, create avenues and seek paychecks with efforts ranged from filmed full-fledged productions to monologues newly penned in bedrooms.

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Miami New Drama’s 7 Deadly Sins Is A Singular, Year-defining Theatrical Experience

It was only a matter of time until one of South Florida’s most experimental companies would find a way to produce theater outside of a theater. Nine months into a pandemic, the sheer existence of Miami New Drama’s experiential short-play collaboration 7 Deadly Sins feels as surreal as it is miraculous.

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Area Stage’s Giancarlo Rodaz Co-Creates Unique Musical Podcast

Giancarlo Rodaz of Area Stage Company and Rachel Dean have turned their still-evolving musical The Ballad of Janis Matthews & The Dodo Scouts into a podcast.

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