Monday, February 8, 2010

Mondays are Dark

While you were watching the Super Bowl, we were doing anything and everything else; we're not big football fans here at The Scene. But we are theatre fans, and here's an abundant reading list for this Monday.

Aisle Say
Bill and Hap on Aisle Say today, with John Mercurio music director of Maltz's Tintypes and co-creator of the award-winning Academy that's going to Korea this year and then back to the Maltz. Great trivia this week. 2pm on WRPBiTV.

Not So Dark
The Drama Queen reports on some Monday night performances around South Florida; Bill W. and Dr Bob will play at the Crest Theatre Monday - Wednesday this week and next. Also, Arts at St. Johns starts a series called Second Monday Playreadings this second Monday of February (tonight).

You Still Have a Chance for Flan...
...and for good theatre. According to The Playground, Underdog Productions is moving In this House Solamente EspaƱol to Area Stage for one night only: February 14. You still have a chance at Senora Garcia's home-made flan.

Doing It Together
The Palm Beach Post talks with John Mercurio, musical director for the Maltz Jupiter Theatre's upcoming production of Tintypes. Like the Maltz' Artistic Director, Andrew Kato, Mercurio is a hometown boy who served food at the Jupiter Theatre back in the old days. The story also has Maltz' season line up for 2010-2011. Eek, Crazy for You is back! It broke box office records the last time it played there, and almost drove a certain Technical Director into a nervous breakdown.

Random Shout-Out
If you haven't been following Drama, Daily, well, do. It updates every other day or so, and it's always something worth mulling over. Kudos.

Spice that Soul Food
David Lamb's Do Platanos Go Wit' Collard Greens? will be opening at the Arsht Center in a few weeks; the South Florida Times gives us a look behind the scenes.

Remember when Phantom was here?
Well, it was the last time, according to Playbill. The mightiest of all musical tours will finish in November, ending its 17-year gypsy caravan around the country.

Hitchcock Like You've Never Seen Him
The stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's classic film The 39 Steps comes to the Parker Playhouse this week, and Christine Dolen of The Miami Herald tells us about it. Includes a video clip.

A Look into the Tiger
Mary Damiano talks to playwright Sandra Riley about the origins of her play, Hour of the Tiger, for South Florida Gay News. (Please refrain from leaving a bunch of "geisha" jokes in the comments.)

State of Play
Meanwhile, Andrew Rosendorf keeps us up to date on the play he's creating before our eyes over on 1st Draft.

Fiddler Freebie
Just in case you haven't had your fill of Fiddler on the Roof, (and who has, in South Florida?) you can get three tickets for the price of two, according to Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap.

Not the Topol Fierstein Fiddler
FYI, this is not the tour that came through the Kravis Center and the Broward Center last year; this is the AIM Management tour at the Miramar Center for the Arts, featuring Bruce Goldman. It's directed by Carbonell Award winning director Norb Joerder, who directed 25 shows at the Jupiter Theatre for the late Richard Akins. You can read about the other South Florida connections in the Chicago Tribune. Why there? Because I'm damned if I can find it on the Sentinel website, although they did write it. It's got a Sun-Sentinel byline. It's copyrighted to the Sun-Sentinel. Can anyone tell me why the Sun-Sentinel keeps hiding these theatre stories from its readers? I guess they're too busy holding blogger popularity contests.

Pasadena Playhouse Passes into History
National Public Radio talks with Sheldon Epps and Stephen Eich, who share the jobs of Artistic and Executive Directors of the legenday Pasadena Playhouse. It closed Sunday after 86 years of continuous operation.

Plummer Pitches the Poinciana Playhouse
The Palm Beach Post report on Christopher Plummer's Oscar nod includes a video of Plummer weighing in on saving The Royal Poinciana Playhouse. "Palm Beach isn't all that old...all the more reason to hold onto what history it has."

...the Poinciana Playhouse is still closed. Recent elections still leave the privately owned building in the hands of developers, while no professional theatre company in South Florida is showing interest in the space.

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