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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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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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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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Jan and Don McArt Recall Their Past In Radio Interview

Radio producer-host Caroline Breder-Watts recorded interviews with theater professionals over the years. Among them was this conversation likely recorded in around 2011 between the actress-impressario Jan McArt and her brother, the actor Don McArt.

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Today’s Isolation Echoes In Local Co-Pro Of The Belle Of Amherst

In this time of quarantine, subtle resonances echo the underlying thread of Emily Dickinson’s isolation in Palm Beach Dramaworks and Actors Playhouse’s co-produced filming of the live play, The Belle of Amherst. The one-woman play slated for an early April cyber-release focuses on a multi-faceted depiction of the legendary poet

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‘Long Distance Affair’ Is Back For A Fresh Virtual Journey

With most venues shut down for nearly a year, pandemic-era theater has taken many forms:
But few digital productions have achieved what Miami’s Juggerknot Theatre Co. and New York’s PopUP Theatrics pulled off in May with Long Distance Affair. Now there’s a second edition.

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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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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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