News: Silver Palms, Alliance Reading, Shear-ed Madness

Details on Theater League Holiday Party

The time, date and place have been set for the South Florida Theatre League’s annual holiday party and membership meeting: 7:30-10 p.m. Monday, December 3,  at the Copacabana Supper Club, 219 S. Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

The Silver Palm Theatre Awards committee, founded five years ago to honor theatrical excellence in South Florida, will present its award to 17 individuals and one theater company: Joseph Adler, Katherine Amadeo, Michael Amico, David Arisco, Jim Ballard, Ken Clement, Mark Della Ventura, Christopher Demos-Brown, Todd Allen Durkin, Kim Ehly, Lindsey Forgey, Island City Stage, Jodie Langel, Margaret M. Ledford, Michael McKeever, Stuart Meltzer, Laura Turnbull and Gregg Weiner.

The South Florida Theatre League will also present its Remy Awards to Amy London and Florida Theater On Stage.

Admission is free to members of the South Florida Theatre League Members, $30 for non-members. For more information or RSVP, contact Andie Arthur at

Stage Reading/Fundraiser For Alliance

Alliance Theatre Lab, the Miami Lakes-based troupe bent on producing theater that will appeal to Gen X’ers as well as their parents, is holding a fundraiser disguised as a stage reading on Dec. 4: Quip by Gabriel Hammad.

Quip is billed as “the story of a defunct two-person boy band trying to make a comeback in an industry that no longer wants them.  In a city that exploits sex, religion, and marriage for superficial gain, the boys must ask themselves ‘What are you willing to sacrifice to be famous again?’ ”

The production will feature Troy Davidson, Mark Della Ventura, Katherine Du Bois, Betsy Graver, David Sirois and Hammad, and will be directed by Mark Della Ventura.  Hammad was part of Alliance’s five-member ensemble in the recently-closed roomies.

The reading will be held at 7:30 p.m. at GableStage at the east side of the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue in Coral Gables. All proceeds will underwrite  Alliance’s March revival of its acclaimed Brothers Beckett at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Suggested donation: $25, students: $10

For more information, call (305) 259-0418 or visit

Shear-ed Madness

The entire national tour of Shear Madness scheduled to perform Dec. 13-30 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ Off Broadway in Broward Series has been cancelled by the producers. The Broward Center is offering ticket holders a full refund.

Subscribers to the series are also being offered a 10 percent subscriber discount on tickets to other shows in the series including Spamalot, Jan. 25-36; The Second City, March 8;  Bare The Musical, March 27-30; and Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, March 15.

For more information call the Broward Center’s box office at (954) 462-0222.

The six-month tour was billed by producer Troika Productions as the first national tour and would have starred local actor Tom Wahl who has performed in several previous productions of the farce. The Maryland-based company currently has several other tours running including the musical Catch Me If You Can that just played at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.

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