Amazingly, in 2017 with its video games, alt right-antifa strife and uber-sophistication, Our Town is still our town. And no more so than in Miami New Drama’s inventive and often touching production that underscores the values of community in a time when our country seems as divided as it has ever been.
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Tagged Andy Quiroga, Carlota Susa, Chantal Jean-Pierre, Colony Theatre, Isaiah Badley, Jayla McQueen, Jeff Agustin, Jeni Hacker, Keith Randolph Smith, Lucas Castillo, Luigi Sciamanna, Martin K. Lewis, Miami New Drama, Michel Hausmann, Nathalia Martinez, Nilo Cruz, Our Town, Rafael Romero, Robert Strain, Steve Gladstone, Steven G. Anthony, Thornton Wilder
Indisputably, regional theaters have been a significant wellspring for new plays reaching back 30 years. But a quickening sea change has occurred quietly but demonstrably over the past decade: Regional theaters – once reliant on warhorses and the latest New York hit — have become the primary incubator and showcase for new work in America
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Tagged Actors Theatre of Louisville, All The Way, American Theatre Critics Association, Amy Rose Marsh, ART, Arts Garage, Barrington Stage, Becky's New Car, Berkeley Rep, Christopher Demos-Brown, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Daniel's Husband, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Denver Center’s Colorado New Play Summit, Ed Herendeen, Eugene O’ Neill Theatre Center, Florida Stage, Gideon’s Knot, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Humana Festival of New American Plays, I and You, Island City Stage, Jim Steinberg, Johnna Adams, Ken Ludwig, La Jolla Playhouse, Lauren Gunderson, Louis Tyrrell, Lucas Hnath’s The Christians, Mad Cat Theatre Company, Manhattan Theater Club, Michael McKeever, Nan Barnett, National New Play Network, New Theatre, Nilo Cruz, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Paper Mill Playhouse, Playwrights Horizon, Public Theater, Pulitzer Prize, Robert Schenkkan, Samuel French Inc., South Coast Rep, Steppenwolf, Steve Yockey, Steven Dietz, Sundance Institute, Theatre Lab at Florida Atlantic University, Zoetic Stage
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, Arsht Center, Arts Garage, Avi Hoffman, Barbara Sloan, Beverly Blanchette, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Bruno Vida, Buried Child, Casey Dressler, Christian Vandepas, Christina Groom, Christine Dolen, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Collin Carmouze, Darrick Penny, Ellie Patterson, Emilie Papp, Emmanuel Schvartzman, Fully Committed, Genie Croft, Giordan Diaz, Gypsy, 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, 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, Zoetic Stage
What is endlessly worth examining and celebrating is how human beings cope with tragedy and what that says about who we are, what we are capable of and some insightful guidance on how our souls can survive as well as our bodies. These are among the themes of Tsunami, the world premiere by Nilo Cruz and Michiko Kitayama Skinner, a moving work of glorious theatricality t.
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Tagged Ben Prayz, Eric Fliss, Erik T. Lawson, Jennifer Burke, Jeremiah Musgrove, Maha McCain, Michiko Kitayama Skinner, Nilo Cruz, Serafín Falcón, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
Here’s a look back at 2014 including a very subjective subjunctive reductive list of outstanding shows, performances and developments guaranteed to make someone unhappy they were not on the list. Take comfort in that there was so much good work that this is the crème de la crème de menthe.
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Tagged A Chorus Line, Abby Perkins, Abigail Berkowitz, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Mile, Alexander Zenoz, Angie Radosh, Antonio Amadeo, Arca Images, Arsht Center, Arts Garage, Assassins, Back of the Throat, Bad Jews, Blythe Gruda, Bruno Vida, Carrie, Centralia, Chaz Mena, Chess, Chris Crawford, Christina Groom, Church, Clark Gable Slept Here, Clay Cartland, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Dana Castellano, David Arisco, Edges, Elizabeth Dimon, Ellis Tillman, Eric Alsford, Ethan Henry, Faiza Cherie, GableStage, H2OMBRE, Hedda Gabler, Hurricane, Island City Stage, Jerry Gulledge, Jerry Waxman, John Archie, Julie Kleiner, Karen Stephens, Katherine Amadeo, Keith Garsson, Laura Ruchala, Lela Elam, Makeba Pace, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Margaret Ledford, Mariand Torres, Mark Sanders, Michael McKeever, Mike Eidson, Miracle on South Division Street, Mothers And Sons, Murder Ballad, My Old Lady, Natalia Coego, New Theatre, Nicholas Richberg, Nicole Piro, Nilo Cruz, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Parade, Patrice DeGraff Arenas, Patrick Fitzwater, Paul Reekie, Pembroke Pines Theater of the Performing Arts, Peter and the Starcatcher, Plaza Theatre, Primal Forces Productions, Ricky J. Martinez, Robert Johnston, Ron Hutchins, Serafín Falcón, Shane Tanner, Slow Burn Theatre Company, Summer Shorts, Sunset Baby, Terry M. Cain, The King and I, The Marvelous Wonderettes, The Mountaintop, The Trouble With Doug, The Wick Theatre, Thinking Cap Theatre, Tim Altmeyer, Tom Wahl, University of Miami, William Hayes, Zoetic Stage
The tempest dies down, but the emotional tumult rages on in Nilo Cruz’s superbly staged world premiere of Hurricane, getting a criminally brief run at Arca Images in Miami. Rarely do South Floridians see such a highly polished and boundlessly inventive alloy of words, sounds, movement and stage pictures as Cruz does here directing his work.
The devastation from a hurricane outside is only a reflection of the greater emotional destruction already crippling the protagonists in Nilo Cruz’s play Hurricane set for only five performances this week from Arca Stages in Miami.
The quality of New Theatre’s work is famously variable, but every season or so, they deliver a moving, finely crafted gem of theater to be unreservedly proud about. In this case, it’s the production of Nilo Cruz’s, A Bicycle Country, a lyrical tragedy about three friends who escape Cuba on a raft.
New Theatre, which weathered eviction from its Coral Gables home late last year, has announced two world premieres and a late night program as part of its upcoming season at its new home at the Roxy Performing Arts Center. But none is likely to be a work by Shakespeare because of the economic burden of the Bard’s large casts, said Managing Director Eileen Suarez.
Hamlet, Prince of Cuba is a new version adapted in English by Michael Donald Edwards, producing artistic director of the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, and translated into Spanish by Nilo Cruz, the Pulitzer-winning playwright raised in Miami, playing at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center..