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Act Two For SoFla Theater: A 2-Part Portrait One Month In

PART TWO: One month into the nation-wide shutdown of live communal theater due to COVID-19, South Florida companies, like those in so many other regions, are trying to write Act Two with little clue how Act Three will play out. In this first of two parts, leaders from local companies and venues a limn this tale of confident hope and chilling fear, cold balance sheets with seven digits in the red, and blue sky imagining what theater will look like in two, three, 18 months.

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Act Two For SoFla Theater: A 2-Part Portrait One Month In

PART ONE: One month into the nation-wide shutdown of live communal theater due to COVID-19, South Florida companies, like those in so many other regions, are trying to write Act Two with little clue how Act Three will play out. In this first of two parts, leaders from local companies and venues a limn this tale of confident hope and chilling fear, cold balance sheets with seven digits in the red, and blue sky imagining what theater will look like in two, three, 18 months.

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“I’m Still Here” SoFla Theaters Say, But What Will ‘Here’ Be?

In-depth report: Sets still standing on stages are silent pledges that these productions and theater itself in South Florida will resume – albeit in what many believe will be a different world. But what that cultural world will look like for audiences and artists could not be more uncertain, say theater professionals who have had to rethink and rethink again their plans. It’s different from when other disasters have struck Florida like hurricanes; this one may be open-ended.

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Island City’s Satirical Musical Altar Boyz Is A Grin-Fest Hoot

Franklin Graham, the homophobic alt-right son of Billy Graham, just finished a revival tour of Florida this weekend. Too bad he didn’t attend the revival of the musical Altar Boyz at Island City Stage that energetically, if gently, teases boy bands and evangelistic Christian pop rock by infusing a decidedly gay undercurrent. It would have driven him crazy.

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South Florida Theater 2019: It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The … Well, You Know

Other than two crippling developments, South Florida theater 2019 was marked by a wide array of what seemed like points on a volatile stock market chart marking the ebb and flow of an evolving arts community. Welcome to our annual idiosyncratic highly-subjective look back on the year.

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Lipstick Is Exactly What It Wants To Be: A Silly, Stupid Sex Farce

Island City Stage, which focuses on gay-themed work, apparently thought it was time to revive the genus of the British sex comedy with the world premiere of Lipstick, whose primary twist is that the farce centers on lesbians and the gay men in their orbit.

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Starmaker Premiere At Island City Brings Back Old Hollywood

Starmaker, getting its world premiere at Island City Stage, is about Henry Willson, the agent behind the hunky male stars of the 1950s, who, while fooling the cameras as straight sex symbols, are hiding their biggest secret: they’re all gay, notably Rock Hudson.

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Sparkling Wit Suffuses Island City’s Veronica’s Position

Creatures with the kind of quick wicked wit you only wish you had, the kind who rarely let pass the opportunity for a pithy exit line, populate Rich Orloff’s Veronica’s Position in Island City Stage’s thoroughly entertaining production.

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The Past Is Present At Island City Stage’s From White Plains

From White Plains at Island City Stage is ostensibly about bullying and responsibility, but it’s really about something simpler and deeper: The past owns us.

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‘Bette & Barry’ Entertains, But Where’s The Story?

Bette & Barry: From Bathhouse to Broadway at Island City Stage is an imagining of if Midler and Manilow decided to do a concert together. In real pop history, they never have. This revue is strong in their greatest hits, separately and collectively, but there’s no narrative.

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