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An Absurdist Take On Celebrity Worship At PB Dramaworks

Palm Beach Dramaworks is reviving the funny, poignant The House of Blue Leaves about a Queens family whose life is turned inside out when the Pope visits NYC in 1965. Ordinary people spurred by the papal visit will seek validation of their own worth by pursuing celebrity for themselves – or at least vicariously by their idol worship.

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Amparo Aims To Immerse Patrons In Cuban Epic Tale

Its creators acknowledge that the drama Amparo has familiar elements, especially the story of a family escaping Cuba and finding success in a new land. But the way the story is designed to surround and immerse patrons so that they see, hear and feel what the characters are undergoing – thereby making a unique connection even for viewers who are not Cuban-American.

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Actor Returns To Fences To Explore New Vulnerability

Last July, Lester Purry had just finished playing the volcanic Troy Maxson in August Wilson’s most popular play Fences at Portland Playhouse in Oregon. “I told my wife, I’m never doing this play again,” he recalled last week. Then the phone rang.

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Challenges When West Side Story Staged By A Puerto Rican

For a director born in Puerto Rico, Marcos Santana sees West Side Story’s depiction of gang warfare between New York natives and Puerto Rican immigrants containing some aspects that don’t quite ring true for contemporary residents of the Caribbean island.

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Filmmaker Billy Corben’s Cocaine Saga Is Now A Theater Piece

It’s Wednesday, March 7, and Billy Corben’s world premiere play Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy has been in rehearsal for some time with Miami New Drama. It opens the next day for a week of audience previews and script tweaking at the Colony Theatre.

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Miami Soprano Cuervo Takes On Challenging Role Of Frida Kahlo

Miami-based, Colombian-born soprano Catalina Cuervo is best known for portraying Maria in Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires — more than 50 times. But since 2015, she has been forging a similar bond with iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s 1991 piece Frida which she will play this month for Florida Grand Opera

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Prolific Theater Artist Finds Welcoming Permanent Working Home In Wilton Manors

For theater artist Ronnie Larsen, “the roots are setting very deep” in Wilton Manors. “It just feels right to stay here.” Larsen is a playwright, actor, director and producer “whose work has been seen in every major city in America, as well as in Canada, Australia, Italy and London,” according to his website. Coming Jan. 10, Larsen has written a scene inserted into Ginger Reiter’s The Golden Girls Prequel at Empire Stage.

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Now The National Leader, City Theatre’s Long History Championing The Short Play

For some who view two-part events on Broadway and five-hour epic tragedies as the height of the theatrical form, the 10-minute play is condescendingly tolerated as the poor relation at the arts table. But not in Miami. City Theatre, a home-grown company created by three colleagues around a kitchen table 23 years ago, has become the leading purveyor of short-form theatre in the country.

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Exploring The New Work: Dramaworks’ House On Fire

When a theater produces Death of a Salesman , it’s not unknown territory. The director can adopt, adapt or depart from what has been done before. But when it’s a world premiere such as Palm Beach Dramaworks’ upcoming Lyle Kessler’s House on Fire, there are no roadmaps other than the still evolving script about which even the playwright is making discoveries during rehearsal.

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Magic Planned For The Maltz’s Beauty & The Beast Is Puppetry

The musical Beauty and the Beast has been done so often that the challenge facing producers, artists and audiences is how to reinvigorate the magic. The Maltz Jupiter Theatre asks what if the enchanted household objects were not actors dressed in anthropomorphic costumes, but instead actually were the objects – represented by puppets.

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