Joseph Adler, a titan who helped transform South Florida’s cultural landscape by mounting unblinking, dynamic work and aggressively championing local artists, died Thursday. Passionate and outspoken, curmudgeonly and supportive, gruff and loving, but unassailably a skilled artist, Adler had been a force of nature as producing artistic director of GableStage since 1998.
Watching Mad Cat productions often feels less like consuming theater and more like eavesdropping on inside jokes. The arcane references,obscure titles, the inexplicable musical interludes and Brechtian distancing are never amateurish, but they are cultishly insular. To that end, Varry Harry, Mad Cat’s world-premiere tribute to a similarly idiosyncratic voice, is doggedly on-brand.
With Fireman Are Rarely Necessary, this world premiere of a socially satirical comedy falls solidly in the anarchic absurdist vibe with grunge icing championed by Mad Cat Theatre Company.
City Theatre’s Summer Shorts, which only recently began showcasing musicals, includes three this year including one by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
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Tagged Arsht Center, Cassandra Zepeda, Chisa Hutchinson, City Theatre, David McGregor, David Nail, Irene Adjan, Jessica Farr, Karen Stephens, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lindsay Lavin, Margaret Ledford, Paul Tei, Robert Strain, Steve Yockey, Summer Shorts, Susan Westfall
Mad Cat Theatre’s production of Vaclav Havel’s one acts Protest and Audience draw uncomfortably relevant visions of repressive totalitarian society.
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 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, Arts Garage, Arturo Rossi, Avery Sommers, Aygemang Clay, Barbara Bradshaw, Bessie Smith: The Devils’ Music, Betsy Graver, Buyer & Cellar, Charlie Cinnamon, Chris Crawford, Clay Cartland, Conor Walton, Dan Knechtges, David Arisco, David Nagy, 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, 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
The South Florida Silver Palm Theatre Awards committee honoring theatrical excellence in South Florida will present the award to 28 individuals and organizations in its ninth season. Recipients range from veterans like Joseph Adler to newer names like Aygemang Clay.
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Tagged Alex Alvarez, Avery Sommers, Aygemang Clay, Bill Hirschman, Chris Crawford, Christopher Demos-Brown, Clive Cholerton, Elizabeth Price, Emily E. Tarallo, Jeni Hacker, Jennifer Sierra-Grobbelaar, Jodi Dellaventura, Joseph Adler, Kelly Shook, Laura Hodos, Leah Marie Sessa, Lindsey Corey, Matt May, Meredith Bartmon, Nicholas Richberg, Patrick Fitzwater, Paul Reekie, Paul Tei, Peter Wayne Galman, Ron Hutchins, Shane Tanner, Silver Palm Awards, Stuart Meltzer
Why Not? With Richard Nixon is perhaps Mad Cat Theatre Company’s most Mad Catty show ever, a production for company insiders that is esoteric enough to reference another Mad Cat show in its text. If you feel invited to this self-contained world, you’ll have a blast; if not, you may feel you’re observing a bubble you can’t enter, looking at your watch and waiting for it to pop.
Hardly unusual in musical theater, Meredith Bartmon strolls around the Carnival Studio stage singing passionately about her dreams and, later, her refusal to compromise those dreams. But this isn’t a two-and-half-hour epic on a national tour; this is one of nine 10-minute playlets in City Theatre’s 21st edition of Summer Shorts.
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Tagged Alex Alvarez, Andy Roninson, Cherise James, Chris Critelli, Christopher Wood, City Theatre, Elin Hampton, Elizabeth Dimon, Ellis Tillman, France-Luce Benson, Greg Waters, Jennifer Jasper, Jessica Farr, Jodi Dellaventura, Justin Landers, Karen Stephens, Kelly Younger, Margaret M. Ledford, Meredith Bartmon, Patricia Cotter, Paul Rudnick, Paul Tei, Preston Bircher, Steve Shapiro, Steve Yockey, Summer Shorts, Tom Wahl
The ever-developing Summer Shorts Festival, now entering its 21st year in Miami, will sound a bit different this year: two of the ten-minute works will be musicals.
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Tagged Alex Alvarez, Andy Roninson, Cherise James, Chris Critelli, Christopher Wood, City Theatre, Elin Hampton, Elizabeth Dimon, Ellis Tillman, France-Luce Benson, Greg Waters, Jennifer Jasper, Jessica Farr, Jodi Dellaventura, Justin Landers, Kelly Younger, Margaret M. Ledford, Meredith Bartmon, Patricia Cotter, Paul Rudnick, Paul Tei, Preston Bircher, Steve Shapiro, Steve Yockey, Summer Shorts