Monday, September 28, 2009

Mondays are Dark

'Tis the Season
I was out of town when the Miami Herald posted its preview of the upcoming Theatre Season. Lots of exciting shows coming in; some new, and some...not. Seriously, how many times can we see Mamma Mia?

Deja Vu
Well we've already linked to stories about Sunday in the Park with George at the Caldwell Theatre, and The Marvellous Wondrettes at Actors' Playhouse, but now the Drama Queen and the Miami Herald weigh in.

OK, both are from the Herald, and both are written by Christine Dolen. I just wanted a clever way to link them. Sheesh.

InFlexible Ticket Pricing
In a world where Flexible Ticket Pricing is becoming the rage (charging more for tickets as demand goes up and availability goes down), we now have the symmetry of a plan styled after Netflix:
Seattle's ACT Theatre is offering this option to patrons who prefer the flat monthly rate of a "basic membership" that lets users see just about anything playing in ACT's various performance spaces for one low price. For example, during September a basic membership participant can get a ticket to any or all of the following for his one monthly fee of $25 (or $20 if he's under 30): "Das Barbecü," "Until the Last Dog Dies" and "Runt of the Litter."
That's bold. That's really bold. (h/t to Philip Watson via Twitter)

Hometown Hero
The Drama Queen tells us that Michael McKeever is to be honored at Barry University

Hometown Success
While we don't cover much community theatre here on The Scene, it's worth noting that Lake Worth Playhouse has been presenting shows for 57 years. Ron Levitt wrote the story for ENV Magazine.

Another Sign of Success
Mission Paradox shares what they consider to be a hallmark of success.

Cracking the Code
The Miami Herald discusses the upcoming Teatro Trail production of Abel Gonzalez Melo's Chamaco (Boy at Vanishion Point) with director Alberto Sarraín. The play is a rarity: a look into life in Cuba as it is today; not a nostalgic look back.

The play has been produced before, in Havana and in Turkey. But Sarraín feels that this production will be special:
"Unlike other places where the play has been produced, Miami has in its hands all of the decoders necessary to decipher a work written in Cuban code," he says.
The play will be presented in Spanish with English supertitles.

And hey, is this the old Trail theatre on 8th Street? I wondered if anyone was ever going to save it.

Meanwhile, in Coconut Grove...
...the Coconut Grove Playhouse is still closed. But is there really $20,500,000 floating around in their name? That can fund a lot of companies who are, you know, still in business.

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