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New Grove Playhouse May Not Open For Five Years; But County And GableStage Begin Work

The curtain is not expected to rise on the first production at the “new” Coconut Grove Playhouse for five years, county documents indicate. But work on the project began in earnest this month. The county is in the process of hiring an architect, and GableStage, which will operate the theater, has hired a consultant.

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Breaking News: State Approves Last Hurdle To County/FIU/GableStage Theater On Coconut Grove Playhouse Site

A new regional theater and educational complex was cleared this afternoon to arise on the site of the Coconut Grove Playhouse. A signed, executed lease with the state, which owns the property, is expected to arrive in the mail as soon as this week.

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Year In Review: Encouraging Signs As Theaters Bet On Recovering Economy

Like the rest of the country, South Florida theater took tentative steps throughout 2013, banking on the promise of a recovering economy and a durable demand for art. Evidence was visible across the three counties: theaters mostly opening not closing, established companies moving into new venues, young companies finding audiences, runs extended, a continued commitment to riskier experiments .

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County Board Allows Mayor To Deal On Last Debts Blocking Coconut Grove Playhouse

The Miami-Dade County Commission voted to allow the mayor to negotiate away debts that remain a deal-breaking roadblock to the resurrection of the Coconut Grove Playhouse as a Jan. 15 deadline closes in.

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Breaking News: Miami-Dade Faces Crucial Vote Tuesday on Coconut Grove Playhouse

The Miami-Dade County Commission faces a decision Tuesday that could make or break the resurrection of the Coconut Grove Playhouse as deadlines close in. With discussions still underway on deal-killing debts, the commission will consider whether to authorize the mayor to incur $120,000 of expenses to seal outstanding deals before Jan. 15.

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State Approves Coconut Grove Playhouse Rebirth Plan From County, FIU And GableStage

The Governor’s cabinet gave crucial approval Tuesday to Miami-Dade County, Florida International University and GableStage partnering to reopen the historic Coconut Grove Playhouse as a professional theater and educational complex.

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State Cabinet To Consider Grove Playhouse Deal On Tuesday In Miami

The state will consider a crucial step in the push to reopen the Coconut Grove Playhouse as a professional theater and educational complex. The Governor’s Cabinet has slated approval of a partnership among the Miami-Dade County government, Florida International University and GableStage during its meeting on Tuesday.

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Breaking News: Coconut Grove Playhouse Moves A Step Closer, But Debts Threaten Future

The creation of a new theater on the site of the Coconut Grove Playhouse came one step closer at midnight Monday when the state’s lease application process closed with only one party expressing interest — a partnership among Florida International University, Miami-Dade County and GableStage. But pending lawsuits threaten the future of the deal.

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Breaking News: FIU Proposes Partnership With County And GableStage To Operate Closed Coconut Grove Playhouse

By Bill Hirschman Another option has emerged for the future of the Coconut Grove Playhouse — a partnership among Miami-Dade County, Florida International University and GableStage to operate a 300-seat theater with an annual $2.6 million budget. The arrangement was …

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Irreplaceable Playbills, Costumes And Ephemera Rescued From Coconut Grove

In the six years since the Coconut Grove Playhouse shuttered, irreplaceable theatrical history has festered in a fetid, crumbling structure, endangered by everything from larcenous-minded vagrants to Florida’s infamous mold-rich climate.
But in a third-act development worthy of a melodrama, Actors Playhouse in Coral Gables and the University of Miami library’s special collections division have rescued some of the Grove’s treasures.

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