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., Signature Theatre and Atlantic Theater Company, 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 1776, 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, Area Stage Co., Arts Garage, Arturo Rossi, Avery Sommers, Aygemang Clay, Barbara Bradshaw, Ben Bagby. The Normal Heart, Bert Rodriguez, Bessie Smith: The Devils’ Music, Betsy Graver, Broward Stage Door, 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, Teddy Harrell, 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
Deborah Zoe Laufer’s world premiere The Three Sisters of Weekhawken is, indeed, funny in its daffy way, but this imaginative mashup of Chekhov’s meditation on yearning refracted through Beckett’s existentialism and a shred of Neil Simon has a serious and eventually moving moral about the perils of paralyzing procrastination.
Leveling Up getting an intriguing production by New Theatre is about far more than a 20-something gaming magus in Las Vegas hired to remotely operate drones that eliminate real targets in the Middle East.
Deborah Zoe Laufer’s The Last Schwartz poses a difficult mélange of tones, and Parade Productions’ production doesn’t smoothly meld Laufer’s various parts. That said, the stand-alone strands of farcical comedy, subtler black humor and heart-rending pathos are delivered independently with quite satisfying results through skilled performances molded and guided by director Kim St. Leon.
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Tagged Betsy Graver, Candace Caplin, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Ken Clement, Kim Ostrenko, Kim St. Leon, Mark Della Ventura, Matt Stabile, Parade Productions, The Last Schwartz