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Nationally-known impresario Zev Buffman, a key figure in the evolution of South Florida theater, died Wednesday. Charismatic with an elfin visage and a slight accent from his origins in Israel, he was known for enthusiasm, showmanship and drive as he developed the Coconut Grove Playhouse and Parker Playhouse, helped develop the modern-day national touring system, and co-founder of the Miami Heat.
In the current Broadway stratosphere, several leading actresses belie the idea that there are no more Carol Channings or Ethel Mermans. But it’s hard to argue that other than Audra McDonald, there is no regularly working actress held in as much awe and adoration as Kelli O’Hara whose sparklin soprano sparks superlatives from fans, critics and colleagues.
Seth Rudetsky is living the dream of every theater geek, except that he is not an outsider, he is an insider who doesn’t name drop to impress; they are his colleagues and friends. The effervescent Rudetsky is bringing to the Parker Playhouse his unique unscripted events in which he and a boldface performer schmooze, share backstage stories and create impromptu duets from the guest’s songbook. Up first Jan. 3 Kelli O’Hara
If you know where to look, certainly you can find reliable warhorse titles in the upcoming theater season in South Florida, but it’s easier to find vibrant, contemporary and challenging offerings.
Stephanie Powers is stepping in as the emergency replacement for the lead part in a play in which she has 80 percent of the lines, doing it with less than two weeks’ rehearsal, and re-creating an iconic celebrity she personally knew in Looped, the slightly fictionalized account of Tallulah Bankhead’s comic and tragic – and substance abuse affected — attempt to dub one line of dialogue for her last movie a few years before she died.
There’s the canny germ of an idea in producer Zev Buffman’s pet project to fuse radio, theater and modern technology into a hybrid exemplified in his latest production, Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders at the Parker Playhouse. The end result is undeniably entertaining in a quiet smile kind of way, although this is clearly an early foray into this genre and, arguably, not the most enthralling material to do it with.
South Florida impresario and veteran Broadway producer Zev Buffman foresees a future for stage theater — in radio. Not just for any theater, but orphans like the Parker Playhouse that are too big for local theater troupes and too small for Broadway tours. And he wants to do it in part by reviving the genre of mystery/thriller plays. Local audiences will see his first foray this month with his production of Agatha Christie’s The BBC Murders, four radio plays lost for a half-century, uncovered by Buffman’s detective work and adapted by grafting full-fledged theater techniques onto a vintage radio drama foundation.
Love, Loss and What I Wore at the Parker Playhouse is a gently funny and knowing celebration of clothing not as fashion per se, but as talismans, totems and souvenirs that instantly summon associations of moments in our lives.