News items about Palm Beach Dramaworks, Barry University, City Theatre, FAU’s Theatre Project
2015 produced a wild variety of snapshots to paste in the theatrical scrapbooks: a male Dolly Levi, a homicidal dimwit slicing carrots, a kidnapper forcing her captives to learn nonsense, a tsunami engulfing a Japanese village, a green-gunked survivor of toxic sludge singing love songs to his blind librarian girlfriend. You know, just another year for regional theater in South Florida.
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Tagged Actors Playhouse, Aida, Alexander Dinelaris, Alexandria Lugo, Ali MacGraw, Alliance Theatre Lab, Always... Patsy Cline, Ana Villafane, Andrea Burns, Andy Rogow, Andy Senor Jr., Ann Marie Olson, Anne Chamberlain, Antonio Amadeo, Arielle Jacobs, Arsht Center, Arts Garage, Avi Hoffman, Barbara Sloan, Barbie Lazaro, Beverly Blanchette, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Bonnie and Clyde, Broward Stage Door, Bruno Vida, Buried Child, Casey Dressler, Christian Vandepas, Christina Groom, Christine Dolen, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Collin Carmouze, Constellation, Darrick Penny, Dolly!, Ellie Patterson, Emilie Papp, Emmanuel Schvartzman, FAU's Theatre Lab, Fully Committed, Genie Croft, Giordan Diaz, Ground Up and Rising, Gypsy, Hello, Henry Gainza, Infinite Abyss, Island City Stage, J. Barry Lewis, Jen Chia, Jessica Brooke Sanford, Joanna Penny, John Manzelli, Joseph Adler, Kaitlyn O'Neill, Katherine Amadeo, Keith Garsson, Kunya Rowley, Laura Hodos, Lauren Bell, Lee Roy Reams, Levis Jewish Community Center, Lewis J. Stadlen, Lindsey Corey, Lindsey Johr, Lou Tyrrell, Love Letters, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Marckenson Charles, Marilynn Wick, Mark Della Ventura, Marquee Theatre Company, Matthew Korinko, Melissa Minyard, Mia Matthews, Michael McKeever, Michiko Kitayama Skinner, Natalie Caruncho, New Theatre, Nick Duckart, Nick Santa Maria, Niki Fridh, Nilo Cruz, On Your Feet!, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Palm Beaches Theatre, Patrick Fitzwater, Paul Louis, Paul Tei, Rick Pena, Rob Donohoe, Robert Johnston, Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Ryan Didato, Ryan O'Neal, Scott Shiller, Shane Tanner, Slow Burn Theatre Company, Small Membership, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Stephanie Genovese, Stephanie White, Stephen G. Anthony, Tally Sessions, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Little Dog Laughed, The Wick Theatre, Thinking Cap Theatre, Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts, Vincent River, Zoetic Stage
Twenty-seven theater artists and organizations will receive the eighth annual South Florida Silver Palm Theatre Awards honoring an outstanding or unique contribution,” the group announced Monday.
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Tagged Andy Rogow, Angie Radosh, Antonio Amadeo, Barbara Sloan, Bruno Faria, David Arisco, Derelle Bunn, GableStage, Iris Acker, Island City Stage, John Manzelli, Joseph Adler, Josieu Jean, Kristian Bikic, Lance Blank, Laura Turnbull, Makeba Pace, Mary Damiano, Mia Matthews, Michael McClain, Michael McKeever, Mike Westrich, Natalia Coego, Nicholas Richberg, Nicole Stodard, Niki Fridh, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Primal Forces, Robert Johnston, Ron Levitt, Shane Tanner, Shelley Keelor, Silver Palm Theatre Awards, Slow Burn Theatre, Stephanie White, The Vanguard Theatre, The Wick Theatre, Tony Finstrom
If the context of the eight sketches in Shorts Gone Wild 3 is primarily gay-centric, the material and performances have markedly improved year after year until it has reached a high-water mark in the series’ quality.
Posted in Performances, Reviews
Tagged Andy Rogow, Antonio Amadeo, Becca Sclossberg, Christina Groom, City Theatre, Craig Moody, Gail S Garrisan, Gladys Ramirez, Island City Stage, John Manzelli, Kevin Black, Larry Buzzeo, Michael Leeds, Michael McKeever, Niki Fridh, Patricia Cotter, Paul Rudnick, Sheri Wilner, Shorts Gone Wild 3, Stuart Meltzer, Tony Finstrom
Intriguing premises are the jumping off points for the nine flights of theatrical whimsy in City Theatre’s annual festival of short plays, Summer Shorts. While no discernable thread runs through the disparate works, the deftly comic playlets are shot through with a striation of poignancy, and the moving entries are leavened with flashes of humor.
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Tagged Adrienne Arsht Center, Bechir Sylvain, Chasity Hart, City Theatre, Edith Freni, Elizabeth Dimon, France-Luce Benson, Holli Harms, John Manzelli, Karen Stephens, Kelly Younger, Margaret M. Ledford, Michael Uribe, Paticia Cotter, Paul Tei, R. Eric Thomas, Steve Yockey, Summer Shorts, Tom Wahl
The Carbonell Awards will bestow its highest honors this month: Arsht Executive Vice President and Carbonell President oScott Shiller will receive the George Abbott Award, actress-director-producer-dancer-union leader-teacher Iris Acker will receive the Howard Kleinberg Award, and The Naked Stage troupe which created The 24-Hour Theatre Project will receive the Ruth Foreman Award.
John Manzelli plays a harried scheduler at a trendy restaurant — and about 40 coworkers and patrons — in Fully Committed at the Broward Center
Welcome to a regular, if intermittent feature: Irreverent, lighthearted question & answer sessions with some of South Florida’s best known professionals Producer, director, fight arranger, educator, arts advocate, and artistic director, John Manzelli has been best known in recent years …
Sometimes when the company is engaging, it doesn’t matter whether the journey itself is a little bumpy or overly-familiar. Such is the power of winning performances by Christina Alexander and John Manzelli under Stephen Neal’s direction in New Theatre’s production on The Gospel According To Jerry.
Efforts by City Theatre staffers to improve the consistency of its offerings has paid off: This edition of Summer Shorts is not only lushly and imaginatively produced with a noticeable extra bit of polish, but is more consistently funny and entertaining than any edition in recent memory.
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Tagged City Theatre, David Perez-Ribada, Elizabeth Dimon, Ellis Tillman, Irene Adjan, Jodi Dellaventura, John Manzelli, Leslie Ayvazian, Margaret M. Ledford, Mary Sansone, Matt Corey, Mcley Lafrance, Niki Fridh, Paul Rudnick, Paul Tei, Preston Bircher, Ricky J. Martinez, Steve Yockey, Summer Shorts, Theo Reyna, Tom Wahl