The much-loved playwright and patron Tony Finstrom died in December 2018, but the curtain has not come down on his effect on the South Florida theater he championed. The Silver Palm Awards that he co-founded and helped fund will continue “in perpetuity” thanks to a legacy gift that has come to fruition, according to the Our Fund Foundation that will administer the Tony Finstrom Fund.
Palm Beach Dramaworks postponed its live on stage season, but it continues an aggressive online parade theatrical presentations for free in November and December with a three-play Home for the Holidays series: readings of The Trip to Bountiful, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and A Christmas Carol.
Samuel French, one of the major playscript publishers in the nation, is releasing a new acting edition of the Thornton Wilder classic Our Town featuring some scenes translated into Spanish and Creole pioneered by Miami New Drama’s 2017 production.
The Wick Theatre and Actors’ Playhouse have scheduled their first productions inside their main auditoriums. The Wick opens this weekend with a John Denver tribute concert and the Playhouse offers the family musical Madeleine’s Christmas at the end of the month.
Palm Beach County may be famous for the number and generosity of arts donors, but recent losses paint a deeply unsettling portrait. Survey responses from 33 non-profit arts groups produced an estimated total $48 million in revenue already lost and expected to be lost by the end of the calendar year due to the pandemic.
For arts fans looking for a bit of good news, the Kravis Center and the Broward Center are on track to be the first of the region’s large presenting houses to host a live event with an in-person audience inside one of its venues. They aren’t theater per se, but they mark a milestone in live presentations.
Usually fundraising galas are black tie events with hors d’oeuvres and dancing. Well, you can wear a black tie if you like, eat popcorn and dance if you like but in the privacy of your home at Slow Burn Theatre Company’s online Fireside Gala at Nov. 14. And if you are looking for a little Halloween a day early: City Theater is presenting four “short” and “spooky” playlets live on Facebook . Oct. 30.
Alvin Entin was an unique human being who invested his lifeforce in at least five passions simultaneously: proud family man, supportive friend who gifted a hundred silent mitzvahs, a far-travelling defense attorney, a political activist who put principle over party label, and a pillar of South Florida community theater whether it was acting, leading its board, or working inside the ticket booth.
With exploratory baby steps, South Florida theater companies are staging events: A cut-down Hamlet by the Shakespeare Troupe, a filmed full production of Closer Than Ever by MNM, and Patti LuPone in a livestreamed concert for the Broward Center.
Far from succumbing to fiscal and virus nightmares, Thinking Cap Theatre has been spurred by the intersection of politics and art to resurface this month with three online productions whose relevance resonates with this exact time and place.