Monday, May 17, 2010

Mondays are Dark

Our thoughts go out to Fort Myers, where Florida Rep is holding a memorial service for Carol Provonsha this evening.

OSHA Issues Citation for Stagehand Death
The Palm Beach Post reports that OSHA has issued a $4,900 fine for violations that led to the death of stagehand Fenton "Andy Hollingsworth.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's citation, issued last week, said guardrails, or an equivalent, are required on all sides for a walkway more than 4 feet off the floor.

Something New at Older Theaters
Both Actors' Playhouse and Florida Stage have been around for over 20 years.  The latter often produces brand new plays, and the former has occasionally done them.  But this past Friday,  these theatres at opposite ends of the region both opened world premieres of new works by South Florida playwrights.  Christine Dolen wrote about both for The Miami Herald

It's interesting to note that Florida Stage's production is getting a lot more press, even though opening a world premiere is just "another day at the office" for them.  Jan Sjostrom covered the Florida Stage offering for The Shiny Sheet while Hap Erstein did the same for The Palm Beach Post.  Actors' Playhouse, better known for producing musicals, has only a single article  in The Miami Theatre Examiner to go with the  Herald story. 

The smaller Palm Beach company has embraced social media, making a good showing on Twitter and Facebook, and supplements press coverage with their own resources.  Their blog, 1st Draft, covers a field trip the cast of their show took to research Little Havana.  And their FurtherMore page gives patrons access to the creative process from start to finish.  Perhaps by creating a greater visibility, they appear to be a more viable story than the staid Playhouse.

Olly Olly Outdoor Play!
The Drama Queen on Oleanna at the Pinecrest Rep.

Babalu in Florida and TheatreMania report that the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is bringing in BABALU, a tribute to the music of Desi Arnaz, starring Lucie Arnaz and South Florida's Tony Award Nominated prodigal son, Raúl Esparza.  Desi Arnaz Jr. is also expected to make an appearance.  Expect this one to sell out.

Speaking of Sell-Outs
If Moxie the Maven is to be believed, the producers of the Legally Blonde national tour have sold their performers a real bill of goods.  I wonder if they'll start riding a bus...

Hey, If Minnesota Can Do It...
The Minnesota Playlist records a gathering of Twin City sound designers.  The Theatre Scene is willing to show up at any similar gathering in South Florida...

Because South Florida OWNS Godot...
The Playgoer posts an interesting little tidbit with a picture.

Meanwhile... Palm Beach, the Royal Poinciana Playhouse is still closed.

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