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2015 produced a wild variety of snapshots to paste in the theatrical scrapbooks: a male Dolly Levi, a homicidal dimwit slicing carrots, a kidnapper forcing her captives to learn nonsense, a tsunami engulfing a Japanese village, a green-gunked survivor of toxic sludge singing love songs to his blind librarian girlfriend. You know, just another year for regional theater in South Florida.
Usually there isn’t anything sexy or newsworthy about real estate in the world of theater unless it’s Glengarry Glen Ross. But as the season approaches, South Florida hasn’t seen so much packing and unpacking, opening tubes of Ben Gay, filling out of change-of-address cards, remodeling, scanning blueprints and updating websites as in the past season and the one coming up
Copious laughter embraces Alliance Theatre Lab’s production of James McLure’s related one-act plays, Laundry & Bourbon and Lone Star. But snaking through the jovial landscape is a quiet mourning that the good times are irretrievably behind us in a changing world.
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.
As certain as mistletoe and Auld Lang Syne are top ten lists from arts critics. These are the shows that spoke to me personally and professionally, the ones I’d want to see again.
Inarticulate people hold forth in a bar in a torrent of existential philosophy and metaphorical verbiage in John Patrick Shanley’s Savage In Limbo at the Alliance Theatre Lab. But if Shanley lets them go on way too long, it’s undeniable that this cast wrenches at the audience’s heart as they depict humanity’s fundamental yearning to change their lives and find “something better.”
Encouraging trends emerge while poking among the entrails of the new season schedules for South Florida theater. Among them: an emphasis on new and newer works as producers and artistic directors try to seduce younger audiences, meaning people under 70.
The initial production two years ago of Brothers Beckett, an insider’s reportage on Millennial angst, was not an artist’s sketch at the Alliance Theatre Lab. But its current revival feels far more like a fully-realized, finely-detailed work as if the painter went back in to enhance its virtues.
You have until just before midnight today (Thursday) to contribute to the Alliance Theatre Project’s online funding campaign to raise money to help pay for its revival of the acclaimed Brothers Beckett at the Arsht Center in March this spring. …
The Alliance Theatre Lab is about to graduate to another level when its successful Gen-X comedy Brothers Beckett is revived in a co-production with the Arsht Center’s Theater Up Close series March 7-24. But the cost of such a production …