PART TWO: One month into the nation-wide shutdown of live communal theater due to COVID-19, South Florida companies, like those in so many other regions, are trying to write Act Two with little clue how Act Three will play out. In this first of two parts, leaders from local companies and venues a limn this tale of confident hope and chilling fear, cold balance sheets with seven digits in the red, and blue sky imagining what theater will look like in two, three, 18 months.
PART ONE: One month into the nation-wide shutdown of live communal theater due to COVID-19, South Florida companies, like those in so many other regions, are trying to write Act Two with little clue how Act Three will play out. In this first of two parts, leaders from local companies and venues a limn this tale of confident hope and chilling fear, cold balance sheets with seven digits in the red, and blue sky imagining what theater will look like in two, three, 18 months.
To help with donations – and viewing your favorite performer – this is a list of every piece. The first figure is when the piece appears on the programs; the second item in italics is the title of the piece. …
Nothing can match the experience of live theater. But when such gatherings can be irresponsible, if not deadly, we need the healing, uplifting gifts that theater provides. As well as just a good time. Fortunately, we have the Internet. The amount of comedy, drama, music and even theatrical instruction available is staggering if you know where to look for it. What follows is a fraction of what’s available, much of it for free.
In-depth report: Sets still standing on stages are silent pledges that these productions and theater itself in South Florida will resume – albeit in what many believe will be a different world. But what that cultural world will look like for audiences and artists could not be more uncertain, say theater professionals who have had to rethink and rethink again their plans. It’s different from when other disasters have struck Florida like hurricanes; this one may be open-ended.
Travelling in the national tour means moving to a different hotel in a different city nearly every week, not always sure what city that is, maintaining relationships with loved ones from afar, striving to keep the show fresh when you’ve done the material hundreds of times. And bats divebombing the performance. Just ask Hialeah native Nick Duckart travelling with Come From Away as it approaches the Kravis and Broward Center.
Energy suffuses rehearsals for Miami New Drama’s world premiere musical about Louis Armstrong A Wonderful World – not a revue but a highly-theatrical biography in which Armstrong’s famous numbers are infused as part of the plot or as character-revealing reveries.
With the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s upcoming Brighton Beach Memoirs, director J. Barry Lewis says people need to “come forward with a new perspective on what a Neil Simon play is, not just what you think.”
Skylight might seem just an intriguing play focusing on an older widower trying to rekindle a relationship with a younger woman with whom he was having an affair with while he was married. But David Hare’s drama to open at Palm Beach Dramaworks is far deeper and more complicated. Emotions are with conflicting socio-economic-political attitudes on a dozen very timely topics, all colliding in passionate verbal sparring.
You are invited to a wedding this month, well, a theater experience recreating a wedding. It may seem at first blush not your everyday wedding with the title Diego & Drew Say I Do, but actually it’s not the sexuality of the grooms that promise an unusual celebration. The plan is for the nuptials to be more notable for the carrying on of the guests than for the same-sex partners.