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COVID CLOSED In this fourth or fifth reconnection with the glee-filled and glee-inducing musical comedy Hairspray, a truly apt term, what surfaced at the national tour’s all too brief bow at the Arsht Center this week was how this charmer is actually about dreams.
If Dickens’ opening line in A Tale of Two Cities has become a trite cliché through overuse it has become a painfully accurate truism about theater over the past two years, especially South Florida theater. Crippling loss and inspiring resurrection. Surrender and perseverance. And , now, the Covid threat has reasserted. But looking back on those two years delivers a testament worth celebrating and learning from.
The Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale and the Arsht Center in Miami will require all audience members to provide proof of a negative COVID test or proof of full vaccination to be admitted to events later this fall — the most extensive response to the pandemic by a South Florida theater or venue
News: Primal Forces Reborn; In The Heights @ Arsht; Dramaworks’ Wilson & Wendy; Audio Plays @ Theatre Lab
Lots of News: Primal Forces reorganizes as Boca Stage, Dramaworks series on August Wilson and Wendy Wasserstein, Local production of In The Heights set for Arsht, Theatre Lab reads new audio plays by Andie Arthur and Juan C. Sanchez
Yet another promising sign that local venues are optimistic about resuming indoor theater is the announcement of the 10th season of the Arsht Center’s Theater Up Close series featuring the work of Zoetic Stage and City Theatre, slated to kick off in October.
For arts fans looking for a bit of good news, the Kravis Center and the Broward Center are on track to be the first of the region’s large presenting houses to host a live event with an in-person audience inside one of its venues. They aren’t theater per se, but they mark a milestone in live presentations.
As a handful of local venues gingerly tried to reopen in recent weeks and others prepare detailed plans for the future, a regimen of detailed protocols ranging from parking to popcorn to Playbills is emerging in documents that define what performing arts events in South Florida may look like for customers, artists, staff and vendors when theaters can reopen fully.
The Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, one of the most high profile performing arts venues in the state, is cutting its coming fiscal year’s $42 million budget in half and just laid off, furloughed or cut salaries for its entire staff in anticipation of an $11 million loss this season.
The Arsht Center for the Performing Arts announced titles and dates for its Theater Up Close series, slated to begin in early December with locally-produced works from Zoetic Stage and City Theatre including world and regional premieres. But officials do not know whether the coronavirus will force changes in the schedule.
In-depth report: Sets still standing on stages are silent pledges that these productions and theater itself in South Florida will resume – albeit in what many believe will be a different world. But what that cultural world will look like for audiences and artists could not be more uncertain, say theater professionals who have had to rethink and rethink again their plans. It’s different from when other disasters have struck Florida like hurricanes; this one may be open-ended.