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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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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Prize-winning play focuses on women’s strength and resilience

  Stephanie Alison Walker   By AARON KRAUSE The 2019 winner of a national award recognizing an emerging female playwright penned a piece about “the strength and resilience of women,” in the author’s words. The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has honored Stephanie Alison Walker with the Francesca Primus Prize....

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Audiences have spoken. Do you agree?

  The best musical of the decade? Hamilton. The best Broadway play of the decade? Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The aforementioned accolades do not come from critics or judges from within the industry. Rather, fans of live theater presented the honors. Throughout August, “BroadwayWorld” opened voting to its...

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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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GableStage seeks to engage through multi-media

  By AARON KRAUSE While GableStage has decided to cancel the remainder of its 2019-20 season of live theater due to COVID-19, the company’s current endeavor might offer snapshots of what theater could, at least partially, look like in a post-pandemic world. Specifically, to replace the remainder of the 2019-20 season,...

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Obie winners include esteemed Black theater company

NBT founder Dr. Barbara Ann Teer     NBT Artistic Director Jonathan McCrory NBT CEO Sade Lythcott   One of the oldest Black theater companies in the country has received its first Obie Award. This is an honor recognizing excellence Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway. In fact, the Obie recognition came a...

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Ohio teens performing ‘The Crucible’ safely and in person

Photo courtesy of Toledo Repertoire Theatre Two cast members from Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s Young Rep group rehearse a scene in person and with social distancing in mind.   By AARON KRAUSE Several Toledo teenage thespians who are performing in person Arthur Miller’s classic, The Crucible, are viewing masks and social...

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