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If Area Stage Company’s world premiere production of Peter x Wendy documents anything, it’s that Giancarlo Rodaz is the Orson Welles-like wunderkind of South Florida theater. It is a testament to the wildly inventive and stylistic virtuosity of Rodaz as playwright, director, sound designer, lighting designer, set designer, costumer designer, composer and even playing the guitar live offstage.
Area Stage Company, the Miami theatrical icon since 1989, will be moving this spring from Coral Gable’s old Riviera Theatre to a temporary home two blocks south in a a shopping center – and likely produce work at the county-owned SMDCAC, while looking for a permanent home to buy.
Other than two crippling developments, South Florida theater 2019 was marked by a wide array of what seemed like points on a volatile stock market chart marking the ebb and flow of an evolving arts community. Welcome to our annual idiosyncratic highly-subjective look back on the year.
Area Stage Company’s Matilda is not really a children’s musical, although children will have a fine time when they are not storing up nightmarish images for future midnights. Matilda’s witty lyrics, satirical jibes and a multi-level script with psychological overtones are really aimed at those parents bringing their children.
Hearing that Area Stage Company is mounting The Wizard of Oz might make childless theatergoers pass. It would be their loss. Director Giancarlo Rodaz, his inexhaustible cast and creative crew have constructed a charming, witty and entertaining riff whose sterling quality is how they resourcefully solve staging problems that otherwise would require a far bigger budget.
She Kills Monsters is a dramatic comedy given an inventive and enthusiastic production by Area Stage Company — a show proudly described as “theater for nerds,” or more accurately, for young adults raised on video games who have infused their fantasy life into every cranny not reluctantly committed to jobs, family and responsibilities in general.
Area Stage Company’s Cabaret underscores how this warhorse musical still serves, not as a cautionary tale, but as a flat out warning to our current socio-political climate: The production’s fresh vision forces even veteran audiences to appreciate the aforementioned themes with renewed discomfiture.
Director Giancarlo Rodaz made a virtue out of a tiny budget by substituting imagination for cash plus a joyful embrace of theatrical artifice in his production of Shrek the Musical at Area Stage Company.
Playwright Eric Lane gives little to no direction for the setting in his play Ride. Had you not known this and watched the imaginatively drawn setting by Giancarlo Rodaz, who not only directed the piece, but created the sets and lights, for Area Stage Company’s Ride, you’d be mesmerized
One pleasure of a theater critic’s job are these year-end retrospectives that require looking back at reviews and be reminded, “Oh, yeah, that was really great. And right, there was that. And how could I forget that one?”