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A look back at 2020: Yes, South Florida theater was crippled by the pandemic. But its acolytes remained driven to express their artistry, and patrons remained ravenous for their work. They continued to explore projects, create avenues and seek paychecks with efforts ranged from filmed full-fledged productions to monologues newly penned in bedrooms.
Strong wide-ranging criticism has prompted the Carbonell Awards to begin systemic changes connected to diversity. It also will not consider upcoming productions through early 2021 due to the pandemic. Also three more theaters have left the program.
Plenty of laughter, and quite a few tears, punctuate the dramatic comedy, or comic drama, if you prefer in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City, receiving an energetic, perceptive production directed by Keith Garsson at Primal Forces in Boca Raton.
Other than two crippling developments, South Florida theater 2019 was marked by a wide array of what seemed like points on a volatile stock market chart marking the ebb and flow of an evolving arts community. Welcome to our annual idiosyncratic highly-subjective look back on the year.
Resulting from Down syndrome as an adult, Andy’s simple, blunt and truthful verbal reactions to the complex statements and relationships swirling around him slice through the theater space and the artifice of the play form itself with a painfully accurate if non-judgmental slash in Primal Forces’ powerful Andy and the Orphans, which is as incisively affecting as it is quite, quite funny.
Neil Simon’s dark comedy The Gingerbread Lady gets a fine production at Primal Forces featuring a bravura performance from Patti Gardner.
Blonde Poison asks whether a Jewish woman who identified about 3,000 other Jews to the Gestapo for “deportation,” is “villain or victim?” But playwright Gail Louw, Primal Forces director Keith Garsson and a tour de force performance by Lourelene Snedeker tell the story from inside the protagonist’s mind.
The prickly problematic mutual attempts to heal physically and emotionally by an auto accident victim and the offending driver make an intriguing and rewarding drama at Primal Forces’ An Accident
A second round of South Florida theater season announcements have coincided with the withdrawal of snowbirds, but if this year’s busy slate is any indication, the 2018-2019 season will barely slow down post-Easter.