Tag Archives: Bari Newport
By Oline H. Cogdill Years ago, one of my sisters-in-law said that Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday because it was not connected to any religion and had no political nor controversy connotations. Well, those days have certainly passed as Thanksgiving …
By Oline H. Cogdill August Wilson was one of the most insightful—if not THE most insightful—chronicler of Black life in America. He found the music in the language of ordinary people, the poetry in the minutiae of daily life. …
South Florida continues to have stellar theater in the tri-county area. That level of excellence is reinforced by the list of Silver Palm honorees. The Silver Palm honorees will be recognized when the awards return to The Addison of Boca …
The intense and dense cyclonic swirl of ideas expertly delivered in GableStage’s production of Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House Part 2 is the theatrical embodiment of “thought-provoking.” This deep-diving examination of human relationships – but especially marriage – is some of the best work since Bari Newport inherited the mantle of producing artistic director.
Evil thrives when good people, normal people, do nothing. This banality of evil provides the crux of playwright David Meyers’ incisive play We Will Not Be Silent, receiving a bold, powerful production at GableStage.
Quite a come back year: World premieres, epic musicals, moving two-character dramas, you name it. Here’s not so much a “best of the year” list – no such list can be reliable or complete – but a random recognition of outstanding performances, productions, trends and just moments that theaterlovers will carry with them into 2023.
There is a delightful irony to Heisenberg, GableStage’s enthralling play about uncertainty: When you leave it, you’re not quite sure what it was really about. The reward is you can debate it in the car ride home and theorize about it the next morning. About the only thing you can be really sure of is, if were willing to open yourself, you have had an engrossing night of thought-provoking, challenging theater.
The upcoming seasons listed here are as varied as anyone could plan with time-tested bets and works so new that no one knows what to expect. GableStage’s Bari Newport spent months juggling a dozen factors. “Most people know what it’s like to plan a big wedding,” she said. But “every single one of these (productions) is a big wedding that happens not once but 25 to 31 times.
As death and grieving surround us, Joan Didion’s play at GableStage, The Year of Magical Thinking, is guaranteed to be uncomfortable, even upsetting. But that should not dissuade you. Her account of processing the death of her husband daughter is an exemplar of why stage drama exists.
The calendars in South Florida theater are being written in pencil—with erasers. Regional theaters are forging through the Covid spike with no panic and limited public fuss, but with a total lack of certainty of anything—cancelling performances, jettisoning titles, postponing productions a week, a month, a year; inserting swings; and calming ticket buyers by email.