The wide range of theater available in South Florida – from Matilda to Medea — was underscored Monday with the announcements of 2015-2016 seasons for two very different but ambitious groups: Outré Theatre Company which is moving to Broward County and Kravis on Broadway, the national touring series curated locally.
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 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Abby Perkins, Abigail Berkowitz, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Mile, Alexander Zenoz, Amy Miller Brennan Anne Chamberlain, Andy Barbosa, Angie Radosh, Antonio Amadeo, Arca Images, Arsht Center, Arts Garage, Assassins, Back of the Throat, Bad Jews, Blythe Gruda, Broward Stage Door, 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, Gidion's Knot, H2OMBRE, Hedda Gabler, Hurricane, Island City Stage, Jay Harris, Jerry Gulledge, Jerry Waxman, John Archie, Julie Kleiner, Karen Stephens, Katherine Amadeo, Keith Garsson, Laura Ruchala, Lela Elam, M Ensemble, Mad Cat Theatre, 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, Vanessa Elisa, What's New Pussycat, William Hayes, Yoshinori Tanokura, Zoetic Stage
Audiences need to savor the undeniable virtues of local Shakespearean productions — even when counter-balanced by well-intentioned but equally undeniable shortcomings. Such is the case with the laudable Outré Theatre Company production of Othello imaginatively directed by Christina Groom and featuring Troy Davidson in a persuasive central performance.
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Tagged Christina Groom, Faiza Cherie, Othello, outre theatre company, Rayner Garranchan, Sabrina Lynn Gore, Seth Trucks, Shannon Ouellette, Skye Whitcomb, Troy Davidson
Broward Stage Door, Outre Theatre Company and Slow Burn Theatre Company have agreed to honor some of the tickets sold to patrons of The Plaza Theatre which shuttered late last month in Manalapan.
The temptation is to describe the nightmarish Back of the Throat as Kafkaesque as Outré Theatre Company depicts an America gone mad. But it’s not. That’s the real horror. The extremities unfolding before the audience are a logical if artistically exaggerated extrapolation of the paranoia and xenophobia unleashed against Arab-Americans after 9/11. It’s naturalism not surrealism.
Usually there isn’t anything sexy or newsworthy about real estate in the world of theater unless it’s Glengarry Glen Ross. But as the season approaches, South Florida hasn’t seen so much packing and unpacking, opening tubes of Ben Gay, filling out of change-of-address cards, remodeling, scanning blueprints and updating websites as in the past season and the one coming up
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Tagged Actors Playhouse, Adrienne Arsht Center, Alliance Theatre Lab, Arts Radio Theatre, Boca Raton Theatre Guild, Florida Grand Opera, GableStage, Ground Up & Rising, Island City Stage, M Ensemble, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Miami Theater Center, New Theatre, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Slow Burn Theatre Company, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, The Plaza Theatre, The Wick Theatre, Theatre At Arts Garage, Thinking Cap Theatre, Zoetic Stage
In chronological order, here is a highly subjective, personal list of the shows whose titles or concepts we most want to see this season.
Thrill Me, a stunning musical about the child murderers Leopold and Loeb, closes out Outre Theatre Company’s season with a two-man, one-act piece noteable for offbeat immediacy and barebones potency of a feverish fringe festival favorite.
Outré Theater Company goes out on a limb for Mr. Marmalade and for savvy audience members who want to be challenged, it couldn’t be more smartly satisfying.
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.
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Tagged American Idiot, Arsht Center, Brothers of the Dust, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Dirty Blonde, Dividing the Estate, Florida Grand Opera, Gerald Ford Superfreak, Island City Stage, Juan C. Sanchez, M Ensemble, Mad Cat Theatre Company, Miami Theater Center, Mr. Marmalade, New Theatre, Not Ready For Prime Time, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Paradise Motel, Pembroke Pines Theater of the Performing Arts, Plaza Theatre, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, The Wick Theatre