Slow Burn Theatre Company’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame staged on a relatively epic scale underscores another benchmark of growth for the once modest company that has solidly arrived as a major player in South Florida theater.
The Night of the Iguana is the “other” Tennessee Williams play, the one most theatergoers have heard of, maybe even seen the Richard Burton-John Huston film, but likely have never gotten around to seeing on stage. Palm Beach Dramaworks is providing an opportunity to fill that gap on their patrons’ cultural checklist when it opens its 17th season this month.
A different season advance: Quietly, oh so quietly, the 2016-2017 theater season in South Florida is shaping up to be as notable for tidal growth, contraction, ebb and flow as it is for the actual productions scheduled.
These are not at all necessarily what we predict will be the best shows this season (although they may be) or the best attended or the most popular or the most award-winning. We don’t care. These are the shows we most want to see for a variety of reasons. The list is woefully incomplete, likely with major but unintentional omissions.
Christian Thompson saw his first Broadway musical at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts when he was seven years old. A national touring company of Cats was what hooked him on the musical theater experience. Now, Thompson plays Benny Coffin III in the Rent 20th Anniversary Tour, which makes its stop at the Broward Center Oct. 7 through 9.
This year, Sept. 10 might just mark the unofficial kickoff to the season, at least for Miamians when the Arsht will present its second-annual ARTSLAUNCH2016, a festive daylong confab at all six of the venue’s spaces plus the parking lot and surrounding area.
By Bill Hirschman The dictionary translates the Latin phrase “sui generis” as “constituting a class of its own,” but more commonly it’s used to mean “not like anything else,” often with the implication of excellence. The expression insinuated itself over …
The easiest way to grasp a sense of the Festival, its styles and ethos is to recount and review the individual productions we saw during a trip last month. Hidden within may be insights that can be adopted by South Florida theaters.
A deeply polarized citizenry, partisans with irreconcilable ideas about the role of government, a stalled deliberative body, confusion, anxiety. Sound familiar? The current political climate has spurred Palm Beach Dramaworks to reinvent that July perennial musical 1776 to highlight the similarities between us and the Founding Fathers in its production July 1-24.