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South Florida theater was rarely dormant during the pandemic; but a torrent of honors, projects and prizes are surfacing quickly including Juggerknot Theatre Company, Zoetic Stage, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Theatre Lab, Thinking Cap Theatre, Renegade Theatre Company & Conservatory, and the Silver Knight Awards in drama. Much more in the next few days. Curtain up.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you: If you purchase a ticket to the fourth and latest iteration of Miami Motel Stories, you will be put to work. You may have to repair a costume, or apply an actor’s nail polish, or shine a pair of shoes.
How do you get a younger demographic to go see a play? Well, if it isn’t Hamilton, it is difficult, sometimes impossible, to get those, let’s say, under the age of 40-somethings to a live theater performance. But judging by the customer base at Saturday night’s Miami Motel Stories, the site-specific theater piece from Juggerknot Theater Company is on to something.
Juan C. Sanchez’s Paradise Motel begins in the clouds and ends in the sewer. Charting five decades in the devolution of a fictional motel on Calle Ocho—and the parade of lovers, hustlers, sharks and addicts that have occupied its rooms—this collection of seven playlets presents an uncompromising vision of urban decay that will ring wincingly true for its Miami audience
In addition to the two major productions still running that opened earlier this month and the four productions that opened last week, there will be 10 – count ‘em 10 – productions opening this week, not to mention five more opening the following week.
Get an early look-and-listen to works in progress by local playwrights every Monday night for 18 weeks beginning June 3 at theater across four counties through the South Florida Theatre League/WLRN ‘s Summer Theatre Fest Reading Series.
Comedy. Tragedy. Absurdist farce. Subtle satire. Family drama. Sociological tract about race relations. Juan C. Sanchez’s world premiere Property Line at New Theatre encompasses all these and more in an intellectually intriguing, promising script that needs a lot of work before it will gel into a satisfying evening of theater.