A podcast series about yearning…and grand larceny

    The adventures of two 14-year-old girls as they plan to commit grand larceny against a country music star is the topic of a scripted podcast series which New City Players will present. The Ft. Lauderdale theater company. a not-for-profit ensemble company with a goal of creating community through...

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In the age of COVID, ‘The Humans’ is particularly timely

Photo courtesy of Olney Theatre Center Here is the Blake family. Pictured from left is Jonathan Raviv as Richard Saad, Dani Stoller as Brigid Blake, Kimberly Gilbert as Aimee Blake, Sherri L. Edelen as Deirdre Blake, Catie Flye as “Momo” Blake, and Mitchell Hebert as Erik Blake.   By AARON...

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Island City Stage in Wilton Manors announces hybrid season

      By AARON KRAUSE Island City Stage’s upcoming season will feature both live and virtual productions. Artistic Director Andy Rogow said that responses from a recent survey of patrons informed this decision. Specifically, a “portion” of respondents indicated they are ready to return to the theater. At the...

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‘Gifts’ focuses on the power of story during dark moments

Photo courtesy of Irish Repertory Theatre (From left) Marty Rea, as Tom, Sean McGinley as Larry, and Marie Mullen as Rose.   By AARON KRAUSE What are some “gifts” that you’ve brought to dark, anxiety-inducing times, places, or situations? Perhaps you smiled brightly while visiting a lonely, scared person forced...

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Actors’ Playhouse 29th Annual gala auction goes virtual

Courtesy of Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Here is a photo collage of some of the stars that will perform.   Actors’ Playhouse’ starry annual major fundraiser will, for the first time, occur virtually this year  due to the pandemic. However, that is unlikely to dim the event’s wattage....

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Tony Awards to take place online this year

Tony Awards officials have decided that this year’s ceremony, the 74th annual event, will take place online this fall. For the moment, further details are unavailable. Earlier this year, presenters put the ceremony on hold due to the pandemic. This past March, it forced all Broadway theaters, — and most...

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Prominent lighting designer dies of cancer

  Howell Binkley One of Broadway’s most renowned lighting designers, a two-time Tony Award winner who also received nominations for many other awards, died on Friday. Howell Binkley was 64. He succumbed to lung cancer at a hospital in Jacksonville, N.C., his wife, Joyce Storey, confirmed on Facebook. Binkley’s designs...

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Musical wunderkind wows critics, audiences

Photo courtesy of Joshua Turchin Out of all of the instruments he plays, Joshua Turchin (above) likes the piano best.   By AARON KRAUSE Joshua Turchin plays a dozen or so instruments. In addition, he wrote the book and lyrics, and composed the music, to an original, award-winning, Broadway-bound musical...

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Zoetic Stage leads the way with 12 Carbonells

Photo by Justin Namon Here’s the cast of Zoetic Stage’s Sweeney Todd   By AARON KRAUSE South Florida’s “theater prom” on Monday night might have lacked the glitz and glamour of previous years. Still, the 44th Carbonell Awards carried an aura of optimism, hope, and celebration. Indeed, presenters, performers, and...

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Union suggests no ‘stage-dooring’ once live performances resume

The areas around stage doors could look as deserted as the one above if theaters implement a union’s guideline prohibiting autograph seeking following live theater productions.     If you loved seeking autographs and taking backstage tours following stage productions, new safety guidelines may disappoint you. A theater union suggests...

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