2015 produced a wild variety of snapshots to paste in the theatrical scrapbooks: a male Dolly Levi, a homicidal dimwit slicing carrots, a kidnapper forcing her captives to learn nonsense, a tsunami engulfing a Japanese village, a green-gunked survivor of toxic sludge singing love songs to his blind librarian girlfriend. You know, just another year for regional theater in South Florida.
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Tagged Actors Playhouse, Aida, Alexander Dinelaris, Alexandria Lugo, Ali MacGraw, Alliance Theatre Lab, Always... Patsy Cline, Ana Villafane, Andrea Burns, Andy Rogow, Andy Senor Jr., Ann Marie Olson, Anne Chamberlain, Antonio Amadeo, Arielle Jacobs, Arsht Center, Arts Garage, Avi Hoffman, Barbara Sloan, Barbie Lazaro, Beverly Blanchette, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Bonnie and Clyde, Broward Stage Door, Bruno Vida, Buried Child, Casey Dressler, Christian Vandepas, Christina Groom, Christine Dolen, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Collin Carmouze, Constellation, Darrick Penny, Dolly!, Ellie Patterson, Emilie Papp, Emmanuel Schvartzman, FAU's Theatre Lab, Fully Committed, Genie Croft, Giordan Diaz, Ground Up and Rising, Gypsy, Hello, Henry Gainza, Infinite Abyss, Island City Stage, J. Barry Lewis, Jen Chia, Jessica Brooke Sanford, Joanna Penny, John Manzelli, Joseph Adler, Kaitlyn O'Neill, Katherine Amadeo, Keith Garsson, Kunya Rowley, Laura Hodos, Lauren Bell, Lee Roy Reams, Levis Jewish Community Center, Lewis J. Stadlen, Lindsey Corey, Lindsey Johr, Lou Tyrrell, Love Letters, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Marckenson Charles, Marilynn Wick, Mark Della Ventura, Marquee Theatre Company, Matthew Korinko, Melissa Minyard, Mia Matthews, Michael McKeever, Michiko Kitayama Skinner, Natalie Caruncho, New Theatre, Nick Duckart, Nick Santa Maria, Niki Fridh, Nilo Cruz, On Your Feet!, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Palm Beaches Theatre, Patrick Fitzwater, Paul Louis, Paul Tei, Rick Pena, Rob Donohoe, Robert Johnston, Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Ryan Didato, Ryan O'Neal, Scott Shiller, Shane Tanner, Slow Burn Theatre Company, Small Membership, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Stephanie Genovese, Stephanie White, Stephen G. Anthony, Tally Sessions, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Little Dog Laughed, The Wick Theatre, Thinking Cap Theatre, Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts, Vincent River, Zoetic Stage
Probably the last place you’d want to be after rehearsing with the same cast and crew for weeks, then knowing you’re heading into a month-long run would be gathering at a table for Thanksgiving dinner. But that’s where some members of the cast of Palm Beach Dramaworks’ The History Boys found themselves on the recent holiday.
Theater buffs are the easiest people to shop for on your holiday list, as our Brad Hathaway proves in his annual roundup.
By Keren Moros Special to Florida Theater On Stage Just because something isn’t a success at first, it doesn’t mean it can’t be a success later. Take Disney’s Newsies, a success story more than 20 years in the making. Newsies …
It’s not a drag show. Broadway veteran Lee Roy Reams may become only the second man to play Dolly Levi in a sanctioned production of Hello, Dolly! when it bows this week at The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton, but he is committed to playing it straight.
After five years of staging its shows in a high school auditorium in West Boca, Slow Burn Theatre Company moves to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts with its season opener, the largest-scale Big Fish.
South Florida theaters still mount familiar warhorses, but the 2015-2016 season is proof that companies realize the future of theater is to attract pre-retirement audiences with shows steaming fresh out of Manhattan, edgy intellectually challenging works, imaginative takes on familiar titles, regional premieres of shows you only read about in The New York Times over the past few years and some shows you have never heard of, period.
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Tagged Actors Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, Avi Hoffman, Broadway Across Fort Lauderdale, Broadway Across Miami, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Broward Stage Door Theatre, Christopher Demos-Brown, David Sirois, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, GableStage, Infinite Abyss, Island City Stage, Keith Garsson, Kravis on Broadway, Lake Worth Playhouse, Lee Roy Reams, Louis Tyrrell, M Ensemble, Mad Cat Theatre Company, Main Street, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Mario Diament, Mark Della Ventura, Marquee Theater Company, Mchael Leeds, Miami Theater Center, Michael Aman, New Theatre, Nova Southeastern University, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Pembroke Pines Theater of the Perfoming Arts, Primal Stages, Punchline Theatre, Ricky J. Martinez, Sandra Rile Susan Westfall, Sandra Riley, Slow Burn Theatre Company, Susan J. Westfall, The Wick Theatre, Theatre At Arts Garage, Theatre Lab, Thinking Cap Theatre, Zoetic Stage
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.
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Tagged Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Mile, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Broward Stage Door Theatre, Christopher Demos-Brown, Dogfight, Gypsy, Heathers, Hello Dolly, Jennie Hacker, Kravis on Broadway, Lee Roy Reams, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Nicholas Richberg, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Passion, Spring Awakening, Stalking The Bogeyman, Stripped, The Bridges of Madison County, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Wick Theatre, Thinking Cap Theatre, West Side Story, William Hayes, Zoetic Stage
By Bill Hirschman It’s Stephen Sondheim redux for veteran Broadway actor Ken Jennings, although a bit backwards. It might seem a long, long stretch for the man who created the mentally challenged apprentice Tobias in Sondheim’s pitch-dark blood-red musical Sweeney …
Not meaning disrespect to local producers, but the founders of the new Marquee Theater Company opening its second show this weekend in Boca Raton argue that there is no need to go to New York to find the talent needed to mount professional musicals with an expansive scope.