Tag Archives: Thinking Cap Theatre
Sitting under a tent, sweating through the swelter, watching a faithful facsimile of a revival might not seem appealing to your everyday theatergoer. But bring an open mind to Thinking Cap Theatre’s play Church and savor a thought-provoking, exuberant even entertaining evening.
Thinking Cap’s U.S. premiere of Sarah Kosar’s Hot Dog comes across as a mean-spirited hate letter to a dying parent whose time can’t come soon enough. It’s a play about caring, yet we hardly care about anyone in it.
The snowbirds have gone home, but South Florida theater never seems to go dark these days. This year-round trend has never been clearer than right now with a calendar is jammed with an overwhelming cornucopia of options over the next two or three weeks. Here’s an incomplete overview:
Jealousy, ego and unbridled schadenfreude that exist in any human being seem to be intensified among the rarefied spirits we call artists – at least that seems to be thrust of Mark Ravenhill’s droll little satire, Pool (No Water) enjoying a hoot of an outing thanks to Thinking Cap Theatre.
The nominations for Carbonell Awards honoring theatrical excellence in South Florida released today provide some interesting material for observers to chew over. The nominations seem to depict a very healthy year for musicals and a less impressive number of new works produced, quality notwithstanding. The standout element was the large number of nominations honoring young and/or struggling companies.
Like the rest of the country, South Florida theater took tentative steps throughout 2013, banking on the promise of a recovering economy and a durable demand for art. Evidence was visible across the three counties: theaters mostly opening not closing, established companies moving into new venues, young companies finding audiences, runs extended, a continued commitment to riskier experiments .
The tiny Thinking Cap Theatre, which built its reputation on experimental, provocative and socially-conscious work, plans to double its programming and staffing while retrofitting a new venue in Fort Lauderdale that can cater to twice the nightly audience.
Thinking Cap Theatre’s production of Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko’s Waafrika is a deeply earnest and illuminating if imperfect examination of the tragic toxicity of tradition. But even Waafrika’s flaws are washed away by one of the most harrowing finales seen on a local stage.
There’s more to Thinking Cap Theatre’s inventive The Rover than staging a 300-year-old play with oomph enough to keep a 21st century audience interested. What director Nicole Stodard (who is also the artistic director of Thinking Cap Theatre) has done is to craft an inventive, ambitious and quite delicious offering of England’s first professional female playwright’s navel gazing study of the dating games people play. And watching Stodard’s adaptation of Aphra Behn’s The Rover proves that the battle of the sexes hasn’t changed much since 1677.
The bonds of friendship and the power of art to transform lives are illustrated in The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey, now receiving a lovely production at Thinking Cap Theatre in Fort Lauderdale.