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Some South Florida theaters are scrapping some of what they plan to put on stage this season or next. Some are leaving support positions unfilled. Some plan smaller cast shows. Some have sidelined plans for growth. Theaters are scrambling to cope with an unexpected 90 percent slash in state funding. But theater champions vow to fight back by organizing patrons and leading citizens to influence lawmakers.
A specific plan finally has been unveiled by county officials and consultants for a new 300-seat theater on the site of the legendary Coconut Grove Playhouse – a plan which preserves some of the 1926 structure that has been deteriorating since it shuttered ten years ago
New Theatre, one of the most high-profile Florida theaters for 30 years and developer of the Pulitzer-winning Anna in the Tropics, is closing, its board of directors announced Thursday. The cause appears to be economics although the specifics have not been disclosed. Artistic Director Ricky J. Martinez actually resigned May 23.
Nine people who have changed the face of South Florida culture will receive the South Florida Theatre League’s Remy Awards at the League’s annual holiday celebration on December 7 in Fort Lauderdale – the same event during which the Silver …
More than a decade after efforts began to rescue the financially failing Coconut Grove Playhouse, the Miami-Dade County Commission voted to hire an architect to design a $20 million theater complex and approved signing a long-term agreement with the existing GableStage to operate and manage the facility.
A citizens’ group that pushed for 14 months for a larger, more ambitious complex for the Coconut Grove Playhouse resurrection project has shelved its plan indefinitely because the Miami-Dade County administration opposes the idea, the group’s leader said Thursday morning.
The resurrection of the Coconut Grove Playhouse is poised to take a major step forward Thursday afternoon, but precisely what that phoenix will look like when it rises is nearly guaranteed to remain blurry as different groups jockey for their vision to prevail in the long run.
Mad Cat Theatre Company’s approaching 15th anniversary is cause to assess its place in the local arts scene. Mad Cat may not have been the first company in South Florida to produce the thespian equivalent of rock n’ roll theater. But it was among the first and it remains the sole survivor of that vanguard.
A proposal resurrecting the Coconut Grove Playhouse as a $45 million theater complex likely run by the Arsht Center is being solidified by civic leaders headed by Mike Eidson, chairman of the Arsht’s trust. The previously undisclosed strategy eclipsesthe current county commission agreement to build a smaller facility on the site of the renowned 50-year-old theater.
The curtain is not expected to rise on the first production at the “new” Coconut Grove Playhouse for five years, county documents indicate. But work on the project began in earnest this month. The county is in the process of hiring an architect, and GableStage, which will operate the theater, has hired a consultant.