The din of cheering, hollering teenagers exploding Tuesday wasn’t to applaud the appearance of a hip-hop celeb. Instead, the tumult in the Broward Center recognized excellence in 25 public and private schools through Broward and Palm Beach counties recognizing achievement in theater by high school performers, designers, technicians and critics at the 15th Cappies Awards.
So much news: GableStage and Zoetic Stage announcing their new season with titles like The Humans and Fun Home, MNM announces partnership with the Kravis, Conundrum Stages returns to tour. Even more items coming soon.
A worn-out Hillary Clinton balked at putting on makeup before her first major address since the election. An alien queen who owns a pop-up bar came to claim its dead lounge singer. One play ends when the cast rebels at the lame ending supplied by the playwright. You know, just your average run of the mill premises on display in eight plays presented Monday in the one-night-only 24-Hour Theatre Project now sponsored by Theatre Lab.
The future of the 24-Hour Theatre Project – a popular fund-raiser that cemented the theater community’s solidarity – seemed endangered when its founders, the Amadeos, announced they would be leaving the state. Enter the Theatre Lab, which will present Project on May 1 with the Amadeos’ blessing.
Michael McKeever, a beloved and prolific figure in local theater, set a record Monday when he won his eighth Best New Work at Monday’s Carbonell Awards for the scorching drama After, but he was unable to accept the honor personally because he was in New York City the night before the opening of his play Daniel’s Husband, which won the same prize last year.
All the winners, nominees and statistics for the 41st anniversary Carbonell Awards presented Monday.
The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton hopes that musicals connected to popular films will be an alluring draw in its fifth season, based on the three of the five titles it announced this week. But the season also includes a hilarious comedy calculated to appeal to its mainstream audience’s taste plus a revue of Jerry Herman music.
Outré Theatre Company and Curtain Call Playhouse, two troupes that have played at many different venues, plus TheatreSouth, a fledgling African-American company, will have a new base of operations later this year: the Pompano Beach Cultural Center and Library slated to open this spring.
Florida Theatrical Association has announced the Charlie Cinnamon Theater Scholarship in honor of longtime FTA board member and dean of South Florida publicity agents Charlie Cinnamon, who died in November. The scholarship will be available to Central and South Florida high school students for continuing theater education throughout the summer months.
The rollout of 2017-2018 seasons continues with some South Florida theaters pushing the edge of their audience’s cultural envelopes and others relying on reliable titles in an uncertain time at Actors’ Playhouse, New City Players and Island City Stage