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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Tagged Actors Playhouse, Adrienne Arsht Center, Alvin Entin, Andie Arthur, Andrew Kato, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, David Arisco, Emily E. Tarallo, GableStage, Island City Stage, Karen Stephens, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Matt Stabile, Miami New Drama, Michael McKeever, New City Players, Nicholas Richberg, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Pembroke Pines Theater of the Performing Arts, Slow Burn Theatre Company, South Florida Theatre League, The Wick Theatre, Theatre Lab, Timothy Mark Davis, William Hayes, Zoetic Stage
This year’s Carbonells with its all-white roster of winners in the performance and directing categories was simply the boiling point in a discussion that has long simmered behind the curtain of South Florida theater. Where all sides seem to agree is that there isn’t a tremendous amount of work being produced by and for black and Hispanic talent, even though, at least in Miami, they constitute a vast majority population.
The world premiere of Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy, a fact-based but stylistically executed play at Miami New Drama from filmmaker Billy Corben and screenwriter Aurin Squire, captures Miami’s drug-obsessed past through the eyes of a hitman.
The stirring musical Fun Home is a detective story in which the mystery is never solved, but the investigator comes to terms with the existence of the enigma. What Zoetic Stage’s triumphant production does better than the Tony-winning production is its depiction of the unalloyed joy and bottomless agony of discovery in that journey.
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Tagged Alexa Lasanta, Amy Rauchwerger, Anna Lise Jensen, Arsht Center, Brayden Labgold-Carroll, Eric Alsford, Fun Home, Hannah Benitez, Jeni Hacker, Jonah Robinson, Kimmi Johnson, Michael McClain, Nate Poses, Nicholas Richberg, Rebecca Montero, Stuart Meltzer, Zoetic Stage
One pleasure of a theater critic’s job are these year-end retrospectives that require looking back at reviews and be reminded, “Oh, yeah, that was really great. And right, there was that. And how could I forget that one?”
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Tagged Actors Playhouse, Al Blackstone, Anne Mundell, Anne-Marie Cusson, Area Stage Company, Broward Stage Door, Bruce Linser, Cindy Pearce, City Theatre, Clay Cartland, Conor Walton, David Arisco, David Kwiat, Elena Maria Garcia, Elijah Word, GableStage, Greg Duffy, Gregg Weiner, Ground Up and Rising, Hannah Benitez, Island City Stage, J. Barry Lewis, Jean Josieu, Jessica E. Schulte, Jodi Dellaventura, Joseph Adler, Julie Kleiner, Karen Stephens, Kevin Black, Kevin Reilley, Kimberley Dawn Smith, Leah Sessa, Lindsay Bell, Lindsay Corey, M Ensemble, Main Street Players, Mallory Newbrough, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Margaret M. Ledford, Michael Amico, Michael McClain, Michael Ursua, MNM Productions, New City Players, Nicholas Richberg, Niki Fridh, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Patrick Fitzwater, Shane Tanner, Slow Burn Theatre Company, Stuart Meltzer, Theatre Lab, Thinking Cap Theatre, Vicki Lewis, Wick Theatre, Zachary Borovay, Zoetic Stage
Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of the world premiere of Billy and Me, a fictionalization of the real life relationship between playwrights Tennessee Williams and William Inge, is a triumph of the imagination, technique, skill and showmanship of playwright Terry Teachout, director William Hayes and actors Nicholas Richberg and Tom Wahl.
Some works of art are born in a long gestation period of mulling almost in the unconscious; others leap gloriously to life in an exultant flash that is one of joys of being a creative person. Billy and Me, Terry Teachout’s play about the relationship between playwrights William Inge and Tennessee Williams premiering this month at Palm Beach Dramaworks, is both.
Revelation after revelation – none of which the playwright wants us to spoil – are exposed like the proverbial peeling of an onion until the underlying secret lays naked in the world premiere of Ben Andron’s Broken Snow at the J’s Cultural Arts Theatre in North Miami Beach.
Zoetic Stage’s brilliantly-executed bravura production of Harold Pinter’s 1960 The Caretaker may be as baffling as Waiting For Godot. But every element of this comic drama is superb from acting that embraces Pinter’s notorious silences to the fluid staging to the evocative set design to the transcendent lighting.
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Tagged Arsht Center, Daniel Capote, David Kwiat, Fernando Calzadilla, Harold Pinter, Michael McClain, Nicholas Richberg, Rebecca Montero, Stuart Meltzer, The Caretaker, Zoetic Stage
Critics and award judges have been talking about it for weeks: The sheer amount of high quality work has made evaluating the last 12 months unusually challenging, but also an opportunity to remember one of the most rewarding calendar years in recent memory. So here’s a supremely subjective stab by all three critics here at Florida Theater On Stage at recognizing the shows and performances that stood out from a pack of productions.
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Tagged 1776, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney, Actors Playhouse, After, Alex Alvarez, An Act of God, Andre' L Gainey, Anna Lise Jensen, Area Stage Co., Arts Garage, Arturo Rossi, Avery Sommers, Aygemang Clay, Barbara Bradshaw, Ben Bagby. The Normal Heart, Bert Rodriguez, Bessie Smith: The Devils’ Music, Betsy Graver, Broward Stage Door, Buyer & Cellar, Caryl Fantel, Charlie Cinnamon, Chris Crawford, Clay Cartland, Conor Walton, Dan Knechtges, David Arisco, David Nagy, Deana Butler-Rahming Ja’Nia Harden, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Elizabeth Dimon, Evening Star Productions, Feeding The Bear, Florida Grand Opera, GableStage, Genie Croft, Gregg Weiner, Gretchen Porro, Ground Up and Rising, Hand To God, Heathers, Helen Gregory, I Love A Piano, Island City Stage, James Brennan, Jeni Hacker, Jim Gibbons, Jodi Dellaventura, John Harden II, Joseph Adler, Julie Kleiner Davis, Karen Stephens, Keith Garsson, Kevin Black, Kristian Bikic, Larry Buzzeo, Laura Hodos, Lindsey Corey, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Louis Tyrrell, Lourelene Snedeker, Mad Cat Theatre Company, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Marco Ramirez, Margery Lowe, Maria Elena Garcia, Mark Duncan, Matt Loehr, Matthew Korinko, Maureen Anderman, Me and My Girl, Mia Matthews, Michael Aman, Michael McKeever, Million Dollar Quartet, Mud, Murdered To Death, New Theatre, Nicholas Richberg, Nicole Stodard, Niki Fridh, Our Lady of 121st Street, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Parallel Lives Chris Crawford, Passion, Patrick Fitzwater, Paul Tei, Perfect Arrangement, Peter Galman, Peter Lovello, Putting It Together, Rapture Blister Burn, Ricky J. Martinez, Ron Hutchins, Roof, Rudi Goblen, Sarah Gracel Anderson, Shein Mompremier, Simply Simone: The Music of Nina Simone, Skye Whitcomb, Slow Burn Theatre Company, Smoke, Sondheim On Sondheim, Spring Awakening, Stuart Meltzer, Teddy Harrell, The Flick, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Minister’s Wife, The Nether, The Passenger, The Realistic Joneses, The Royale, The Soul of Motor City, The Wick Theatre, The World Goes Round, Theatre At Arts Garage, Theatre Lab at Florida Atlantic University, Thinking Cap Theatre, This Random World, Three Sisters of Weekhauken, Toddra Brunson, Tom Wahl, Wesley Slade, West Side Story, William Hayes