Provocative dark comedy seeks to light a fire under audiences regarding climate change

(Photo by George Schiavone) MIAMI SHORES — A “hurricane party” hardly refers to a celebration involving University of Miami sports teams in the new, clever, satirical comedy Firemen are Rarely Necessary, set partly in Miami in a not-too-distant future. Normally when a mammoth hurricane is about to make landfall in...

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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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Here’s a full list of this year’s Carbonell nominees and winners

 Best New Work (play or musical) An Evening with John Wayne Gacy, Ronnie Larsen, Ronnie Larsen Presents/Infinite Abyss Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy, Billy Corben and Aurin Squire, Miami New Drama Grindr Mom, Ronnie Larsen, Ronnie Larsen Presents Ordinary Americans, Joseph McDonough,  Palm Beach Dramaworks Viva La Parranda!, Developed by Betsayda...

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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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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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Play finalists for Primus Prize focus on aftermath of violence

  By AARON KRAUSE How do we cope ahead in the aftermath of large-scale violence? A group of plays answer that question in ways that make the pieces stand out, said the chairwoman of a committee that recognizes the outstanding work of emerging female playwrights. From 2019, Ripe Frenzy, Benevolence,...

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Celebrating South Florida theater’s ‘Unsung Heroes’

The South Florida Theatre League has announced the winners of this year’s Remy Awards. They annually go to “the unsung heroes who provide outstanding service behind the scenes of the South Florida Theatre League Community.” This year, award recipients will receive them via livestream on Zoom and Facebook Live at...

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Some of South Florida theater’s shining stars

        Barbara Bradshaw (Photo by Steve Anthony)   Kelley Shanley (Photo by Jason Nuttle)                             A theater production that a critic hailed as a “masterpiece,” a much-lauded performer, a nationally-renowned regional theater, and a performing arts...

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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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