Drive-in theater, theater behind storefront glass, podcasts: In spurts over 7 months, South Florida theater artists have been preparing experiments online and live, for free, for pay or donations. As many are coming into view this fall, they are coalescing into a new if temporary paradigm that holds out hope for the survival of the genre.
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Tagged Actors Playhouse, Arts Garage, Island City Stage, Kravis Center, Miami New Drama, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Michael Ursua, New City Players, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Slow Burn Theatre Company, The Wick Theatre, Theatre Lab
If you know where to look, certainly you can find reliable warhorse titles in the upcoming theater season in South Florida, but it’s easier to find vibrant, contemporary and challenging offerings.
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Tagged Actors Playhouse, An Inspector Calls, Area Stage Company, Arsht Center, Arts Garage, Billy and Me, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Broadway Across America, Broward Center, Building The Wall, City Theatre, Delray Beach Playhouse, Evita, Florida Children's Theatre, Fun Home, GableStage, Island City Stage, J’s Cultural Arts Theatre, Lake Worth Playhouse, Main Street Players, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Miami New Drama, Million Dollar Quartet, MNM Productions, New City Players, On Your Feet!, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Parker Playhouse, Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts, Primal Forces, Robert Schenkkan, Slow Burn Theatre Company, Terry Teachout, The Humans, Theatre Lab, Thinking Cap Theatre, Wick Theatre, Zoetic Stage
Local stages have some special programs running for only one or two days starting tonight including Palm Beach Dramaworks, GableStage and Arts Garage.
Indisputably, regional theaters have been a significant wellspring for new plays reaching back 30 years. But a quickening sea change has occurred quietly but demonstrably over the past decade: Regional theaters – once reliant on warhorses and the latest New York hit — have become the primary incubator and showcase for new work in America
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Tagged Actors Theatre of Louisville, All The Way, American Theatre Critics Association, Amy Rose Marsh, ART, Arts Garage, Barrington Stage, Becky's New Car, Berkeley Rep, Christopher Demos-Brown, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Daniel's Husband, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Denver Center’s Colorado New Play Summit, Ed Herendeen, Eugene O’ Neill Theatre Center, Florida Stage, Gideon’s Knot, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Humana Festival of New American Plays, I and You, Island City Stage, Jim Steinberg, Johnna Adams, Ken Ludwig, La Jolla Playhouse, Lauren Gunderson, Louis Tyrrell, Lucas Hnath’s The Christians, Mad Cat Theatre Company, Manhattan Theater Club, Michael McKeever, Nan Barnett, National New Play Network, New Theatre, Nilo Cruz, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Paper Mill Playhouse, Playwrights Horizon, Public Theater, Pulitzer Prize, Robert Schenkkan, Samuel French Inc., South Coast Rep, Steppenwolf, Steve Yockey, Steven Dietz, Sundance Institute, Theatre Lab at Florida Atlantic University, Zoetic Stage
Critics and award judges have been talking about it for weeks: The sheer amount of high quality work has made evaluating the last 12 months unusually challenging, but also an opportunity to remember one of the most rewarding calendar years in recent memory. So here’s a supremely subjective stab by all three critics here at Florida Theater On Stage at recognizing the shows and performances that stood out from a pack of productions.
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Tagged A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney, Actors Playhouse, After, Alex Alvarez, An Act of God, Andre' L Gainey, Anna Lise Jensen, Arts Garage, Arturo Rossi, Avery Sommers, Aygemang Clay, Barbara Bradshaw, Bessie Smith: The Devils’ Music, Betsy Graver, Buyer & Cellar, Caryl Fantel, Charlie Cinnamon, Chris Crawford, Clay Cartland, Conor Walton, Dan Knechtges, David Arisco, David Nagy, Deana Butler-Rahming Ja’Nia Harden, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Elizabeth Dimon, Evening Star Productions, Feeding The Bear, Florida Grand Opera, GableStage, Genie Croft, Gregg Weiner, Gretchen Porro, Ground Up and Rising, Hand To God, Heathers, Helen Gregory, I Love A Piano, Island City Stage, James Brennan, Jeni Hacker, Jim Gibbons, Jodi Dellaventura, John Harden II, Joseph Adler, Julie Kleiner Davis, Karen Stephens, Keith Garsson, Kevin Black, Kristian Bikic, Larry Buzzeo, Laura Hodos, Lindsey Corey, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Louis Tyrrell, Lourelene Snedeker, Mad Cat Theatre Company, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Marco Ramirez, Margery Lowe, Maria Elena Garcia, Mark Duncan, Matt Loehr, Matthew Korinko, Maureen Anderman, Me and My Girl, Mia Matthews, Michael Aman, Michael McKeever, Million Dollar Quartet, Mud, Murdered To Death, New Theatre, Nicholas Richberg, Nicole Stodard, Niki Fridh, Our Lady of 121st Street, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Parallel Lives Chris Crawford, Passion, Patrick Fitzwater, Paul Tei, Perfect Arrangement, Peter Galman, Peter Lovello, Putting It Together, Rapture Blister Burn, Ricky J. Martinez, Ron Hutchins, Roof, Rudi Goblen, Sarah Gracel Anderson, Shein Mompremier, Simply Simone: The Music of Nina Simone, Skye Whitcomb, Slow Burn Theatre Company, Smoke, Sondheim On Sondheim, Spring Awakening, Stuart Meltzer, The Flick, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Minister’s Wife, The Nether, The Passenger, The Realistic Joneses, The Royale, The Soul of Motor City, The Wick Theatre, The World Goes Round, Theatre At Arts Garage, Theatre Lab at Florida Atlantic University, Thinking Cap Theatre, This Random World, Three Sisters of Weekhauken, Toddra Brunson, Tom Wahl, Wesley Slade, West Side Story, William Hayes
A different season advance: Quietly, oh so quietly, the 2016-2017 theater season in South Florida is shaping up to be as notable for tidal growth, contraction, ebb and flow as it is for the actual productions scheduled.
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Tagged Actors Playhouse, Andie Arthur, Antonio Amadeo, Arquitectonica International Corp., Arts Garage, Aventura Arts & Culture Center, Broward Center, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Colony Theatre, Coral Springs Center for the Arts, Dave Arisco, David Gordon, Empire Stage, Fantasy Theatre Factory, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, GableStage, Gabriel Hammad, Giancarlo Rodaz, Infinite Abyss, Island City Stage, Israel Horovitz. Deborah Zoe Laufer, Katherine Amadeo, Katherine Siegel, Keith Garsson, Lost Girls Theatre, Louis Tyrrell, Main Street Players, Mark Della Ventura, Meera Hammad, Miami New Drama, Michel Hausmann, Moises Kaufman, Naked Stage, New City Players, New Theatre, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Pigs Do Fly Productions, Punchline Theatre Company, Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, Stringlight Theatre Co., Theatre Lab, Thinking Cap Theatre, Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts
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. The list is woefully incomplete, likely with major but unintentional omissions.
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Tagged Actors Playhouse, All The Way, An American In Paris, Arcadia, Arts Garage, Between Riverside And Crazy, Blues In The Night: A Musical, Broadway Across Fort Lauderdale, Broadway Across Miami, Finding Mona Lisa, GableStage, Guys and Dolls, Island City Stage, Kravis on Broadway, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Michael McKeever, Nine, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Rob Donohoe, Robert Schenkkan, Something Rotten, Son, Sunday in the Park With George, Tennessee Williams, The Night of the Iguana, Titanic, Truman Capote, Zoetic Stage
Arts Garage has appointed a new management team to replace its founding administrator who resigned abruptly. Keith Garsson, who has led the theater operation will become the director of operations. Commanding equal clout will be Daniel Schwartz as director of finance, who was hired last year to reorganize the venue’s much-criticized fiscal policies and situation.
Alyona Ushe, the founding administrator of the embattled Arts Garage in Delray Beach, is resigning to lead a similar Pompano Beach operation in what an Arts Garage spokesman characterized as an amicable, positive step that is pleasing everyone involved.
A bravura tour de force by Avery Sommers is central to the success of Arts Garage’s production of The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith