Monday, November 23, 2009

Mondays are Dark

It sees that the South Florida press took off a week early.  Of course, there's not that much South Florida press left to cover theatre.

But we still found enough to compile your weekly reading list.

The Big Break
How'd you get started in Show Biz?  Everyone wants to know!  The Miami Theatre Examiner visits two girls in their first major role, and 1st Draft has stage manager James Danford reflects the start of his carreer under the legendary John Kenley, who died just a few weeks ago at age 103. 

In a strange twist, Jonathon Wemette of Florida Stage sent me a link to Minnesota Play List, and the featured story was about breaking into theatre.

Beating the Drum
Drama Queen Christine Dolen has been singing the praises of Miami's Tarell Alvin McRaney for over a year.  Unlike numerous other South Florida playwrights, no South Florida  producer has mounted one of McRaney's plays. What are they waiting for?  MORE raves in the New York Times?  Or maybe the play would need to be extended?  What would it take?

World Premiere Play at New Theatre
The Miami Theatre Examiner tells us about 26 Miles at New Theatre.  So does the Coral Gables Gazette.

Ken Clement IS Santa Claus...or is he?
Read about the Actors' Playhouse production of Another Night Before Christmas at  The play features Clement and the very talented Irene Adjan. 

Copenhagen in Palm Beach reports on the Palm Beach DramaWorks production of Michael Frayn's Copenhagen.  It opens on December 18th, with previews on the 16th and 17th.

Wilton Manors Theatre
As previously reported, the Wilton Manors Theatre, aka the 26th Street Playhouse, aka Stagedoor East, aka Brian C. Smith's Off-Broadway Theatre, is now home to an auction house.  But you can peak at the inside on ItsJustLight.  The lobby finally looks good!

A Pat on the Back
Parabasis has been examining the relationship between theatres and critics.  In the comments section the Theatre Scene gets a nice pat on the back:
For an example of the devaluation of the theatre critic, one newspaper in my area (South Florida) has routinely sent out the fashion editor to review plays, and the result has been poorly written, insubstantive reviews; CL Jahn over at the South Florida Theatre Scene blog has done a nice job of analyzing (and thereby sparking positive changes in) theatre reviews in the region.
Thanks, Nicole!  And here's another plug for Drama,Daily.  It's on my reading list, and you'll find it linked in the SoFla Theatre Blogs section.

Wonderland Opens in Tampa runs down the facts on this Wonderland: Alice's New Musical Adventure, starring South Florida's own Janet Dacal.

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