In the wake of contentions that leadership in the South Florida theater community is not sufficiently diverse or sensitive enough to racial concerns, the Carbonell Awards board of directors has appointed four new members significantly increasing its diversity.
Having Our Say is likely the first play in which both of its characters are centenarian women of color. At Primal Forces’ regional premiere, this means two roles of uncommon heft and history for Karen Stephens and Avery Sommers.
Greed—that timeless vice that steamrolls over everything in its path—is as relevant today as it was in Lillian Hellman’s 1939 drama The Little Foxes, now receiving a sumptuous revival at Palm Beach Dramaworks.
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Tagged Avery Sommers, Brian O'Keefe, Caitlin Cohn, Denise Cormier, Dennis Creaghan, Frank Converse, J. Barry Lewis, James Andreassi, Kathy McCafferty, Lillian Hellman, Michael Amico, Rob Donohoe, The Little Foxes
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
The South Florida Silver Palm Theatre Awards committee honoring theatrical excellence in South Florida will present the award to 28 individuals and organizations in its ninth season. Recipients range from veterans like Joseph Adler to newer names like Aygemang Clay.
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Tagged Alex Alvarez, Avery Sommers, Aygemang Clay, Bill Hirschman, Caryl Fantel, Chris Crawford, Christopher Demos-Brown, Clive Cholerton, Elizabeth Price, Emily E. Tarallo, Jeni Hacker, Jennifer Sierra-Grobbelaar, Jodi Dellaventura, Joseph Adler, Kelly Shook, Laura Hodos, Leah Marie Sessa, Lindsey Corey, Matt May, Meredith Bartmon, MNM Productions, Nicholas Richberg, Patrick Fitzwater, Paul Reekie, Paul Tei, Peter Wayne Galman, Ron Hutchins, Shane Tanner, Silver Palm Awards, Stuart Meltzer
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
Plenty of laughter greets every witticism and absurdity in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of Dividing The Estate, Horton Foote’s acidic depiction of greed, jealousy and family. But through the laughter, you either silently thank God you don’t know these people or you curse fate that they are way too familiar.
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Tagged Avery Sommers, Dividing the Estate, Elizabeth Dimon, Gregg Weiner, Gretchen Porro, Horton Foote, John Archie, kenneth kay, Kim Cozort, Margery Lowe, Mary Stout, Natalia Coego, Palm Beach Dramaworks, William Hayes
Links to videos and photos from 36th Annual Carbonell Awards The sights and sounds of the Carbonells, known to the industry as theater prom, are available at these links. http://ka.uvuvideo.org/_34My-Big-Fat-Carbonell34-Carbonell-Awards-2012/video/1710237/86294.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ey8IrJpln4 http://images.tonyschreiber.com/Events/Theatre/2012-Carbonell-Awards/22247153_jV2cMB#!i=1777150674&k=JhvMQdt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYGg9GF3u28&list=UU_Uujeu3W3eXvoIwLSQC4_g&index=2&feature=plcp Thanks to Tony Schreiber, George Schiavone and …
The tragedy of this lavish, ebullient production of Hairspray is how the muddy, uneven, out of balance, sloppy sound on opening night fatally sabotaged the energy, enthusiasm, theatrical skill and money that the cast, musicians, designers and producers invested into this perfect match of material to a company known for mainstream musicals.
Posted in Performances, Reviews
Tagged Avery Sommers, Avi Hoffman, Barbara Flaten, Christopher A. Kent, David Arisco, David Nagy, Ellis Tillman, Hairspray, Jolene Mujica, Renata Eastlick
A look in words and photos of David Arisco trying on Edna Turnblad’s clothes in a fitting before Actors’ Playhouse’s production of Hairspray.