Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

Ich Bin Ein Berliner Links Fall of Berlin Wall, Oppression in Cuba

Theatre Lab invests its growing expertise in multi-media theater performance in Vanessa Garcia’s premiere of Ich Bin Ein Berliner, a heartfelt memoir of a Cuban-American girl who grows up perceiving a growing, resonance between Berlin escaping Communism when the Wall fell in 1989 and the unrealized-as-yet dream of Cuba escaping Communism.

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GableStage Begins New Chapter With Bari Newport at the Helm

Starting April 1, the new leader at the helm of GableStage will be Bari Newport, who has served for the past nine years as producing artistic director of the Penobscot Theatre Co. in Bangor, Maine.

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Theatre Lab Offers ‘Berliner’ 3 Ways Including Live – Sort Of

Imaginative theatricality has imbued Theatre Lab’s projects, but this month’s just-outside-the-box venture is breaking the traditional paradigm even further. The premiere of Vanessa Garcia’s Ich Bin Ein Berliner offers three different ways to experience the same raw material, including a live in-person presentation — of sorts.

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A Vibrant Emily Dickinson Soars in Video of Live Performance

A superb evocation of the soul of Emily Dickinson from actress Margery Lowe and director William Hayes marks the video co-production from Palm Beach Dramaworks and Actors’ Playhouse of The Belle of Amherst, filmed from live performances.

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Open a New Window: The Future of Florida Theater – Part Three

One year into the global and personal tragedies, Florida theater has embraced the sole gift that the pandemic has given regional artists across the country: Unprecedented opportunity. Some call this an intermission, but, it’s more apt to use “reset” and “reboot.” We synthesize what will we see on regional stages, what could happen how theaters operate and what should happen to fix what is broken?

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Open a New Window: The Future of Florida Theater – Part Two

One year into the global and personal tragedies, Florida theater has embraced the sole gift that the pandemic has given regional artists across the country: Unprecedented opportunity. Some call this an intermission, but, it’s more apt to use “reset” and “reboot.” We synthesize what will we see on regional stages, what could happen how theaters operate and what should happen to fix what is broken?

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Open a New Window: The Future of Florida Theater – Part One

One year into the global and personal tragedies, Florida theater has embraced the sole gift that the pandemic has given regional artists across the country: Unprecedented opportunity. Some call this an intermission, but, it’s more apt to use “reset” and “reboot.” We synthesize what will we see on regional stages, what could happen how theaters operate and what should happen to fix what is broken?

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Art Heist Mixes Crime Mystery With Interactive Theater

The Art Heist Experience is an interactive true-crime theater event inspired by the theft of 13 works of art worth $500 million from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990. During the play, masked audience groups walk around the crime scene (staged separately in Broward and Miami-Dade counties), interviewing “suspects,” then come up with the solution.

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Faced With Pandemic, Zoetic’s Improv Troupe Soldiers On

As live arts and entertainment return in fits and starts, and our culture continues its tortoise crawl toward normal, one thing has become apparent: Face masks may be vital in impeding the spread of COVID-19, but they equally hamper the spread of comedy. The debut of Zoetic Schmoetic showed the more physical the show becomes—the more the actors’ bodies, not their voices, drive the storytelling—the better it gets.

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Jan and Don McArt Recall Their Past In Radio Interview

Radio producer-host Caroline Breder-Watts recorded interviews with theater professionals over the years. Among them was this conversation likely recorded in around 2011 between the actress-impressario Jan McArt and her brother, the actor Don McArt.

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