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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.
Just as Shakespeare’s poetry nestles surprisingly smoothly in the cadences of Caribbean characters, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s vision transplanting Antony and Cleopatra to 18th Century Haiti is less jarring and more intriguing than doubters might expect. An exotic vitality vibrates through this production of GableStage, Royal Shakespeare Company and Public Theater.
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 .
As certain as mistletoe and Auld Lang Syne are top ten lists from arts critics. These are the shows that spoke to me personally and professionally, the ones I’d want to see again.
GableStage is raising money for its January production of Antony and Cleopatra with online crowdsourcing. It seeks $55,000 in pledges through Dec. 21 through Kickstarter.com.
These photos were taken of the world premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s new take on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra which premiered this week at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
GableStage’s Sons of the Prophet is a comedy about suffering. It’s a serio-comedy, to be sure, a wry compassionate look at the inescapable downside of being human. But humor drawn from the awkward collision of quirky characters suffuses Stephen Karam’s Pulitzer-nominated script, even though every major character is in emotional and even physical pain.
Galen Lambert and Charise Castro Smith, two performers with Miami backgrounds, are among the international cast and creative staff involved in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra touring this winter at GableStage, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Public Theater.
Encouraging trends emerge while poking among the entrails of the new season schedules for South Florida theater. Among them: an emphasis on new and newer works as producers and artistic directors try to seduce younger audiences, meaning people under 70.
So this is just a baker’s dozen that I personally rate as the most intriguing, promising or unarguably important opportunities to be entertained or moved by in the coming 2013-2014 season. But no refunds. No razzing a year from now, “What were you thinking?”