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Updated Story: New Theatre Announces It is Closing, In Part To Eroding Audience

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.

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SoFla Theatre League Announces Remy Award Recipients At Dec. 7 Gala

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 …

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Coconut Grove Playhouse Resurrection Finally Get Watershed Approvals

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.

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Breaking News: Two-Theater Coconut Grove Playhouse Proposal Taken Off The Table

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.

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Coconut Grove Playhouse Reaches Crucial Stage Thursday

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.

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Cutting Edge Mad Cat Still Challenging Audiences As It Nears 15th Anniversary

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.

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Civic Leaders Evolving Alternate More Ambitious $45 Mil Plan For Coconut Grove Playhouse

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.

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New Grove Playhouse May Not Open For Five Years; But County And GableStage Begin Work

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.

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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.

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McCraney’s Antony And Cleopatra Is Referendum On Future Of Florida Theater

At a minimum, Thursday’s opening of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s fresh spin on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra is a watershed event for the region. But this co-production of GableStage, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Public Theater lays out a put-up-or-shut-up challenge to South Florida audiences and funders: Do you want to become a major theatrical hub?

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