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For all of us who have seen 17 too many editions of A Christmas Carol, City Theatre gifts us a joy-inducing riff on Charles Dickens’ public domain property, the gospel according to Jacob Marley.
Next month was to have marked a milestone anniversary for City Theatre and the company’s much-admired Summer Shorts festival. This pandemic pause notwithstanding, it’s an appropriate time to look back and assess what City Theatre has accomplished.
This 24th annual Summer Shorts festival of short plays scores as the most consistent, polished and satisfying work beginning to end that City Theatre has produced in recent seasons.
Much like the holiday season itself, there are things to endure and other instances that are jolly. That’s the mixed bag of City Theatre’s Winter Shorts now playing at the Carnival Studio Theater at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
Some South Florida theaters are scrapping some of what they plan to put on stage this season or next. Some are leaving support positions unfilled. Some plan smaller cast shows. Some have sidelined plans for growth. Theaters are scrambling to cope with an unexpected 90 percent slash in state funding. But theater champions vow to fight back by organizing patrons and leading citizens to influence lawmakers.
In a move that will spread the brand of Miami-based City Theatre around the world, the company begins this month producing collections of its short plays on Azamara Club Cruises luxury ships. The effort to maximize the extended use of its huge catalog of 10-minute plays represents what City Theatre sees a new producing prototype not just for itself but the theater industry.
Shorts Gone Wild 5, co-produced by City Theatre with Island City Stage, follows the same entertaining pattern eliciting guffaws, chuckles and a few choked back sniffles with risque and luight blue material. The acting and direction keeps improving year after year and those elements rescue scripts less deftly written. But this edition feels different for an intriguing reason.
City Theatre’s Summer Shorts, which only recently began showcasing musicals, includes three this year including one by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Lots of news: South Florida Theatre League’s free Summer Theatre Fest, Curtain Call Playhouse is honored, City Theatre’s Margaret Ledford is promoted, Bruce Linser takes on a new job,and Peter Galman teaches Shakespeare
Political satire is like the finest champagne – delectable at the time but going flat with age. But in the meantime, as Shorts Gone Wild 4 (subtitled Decision 2016: It’s Gonna Be Yuuuuuge!) underscores, what a terrific way to blow off angst over today’s polarized landscape.