Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mondays are Dark

Hopefully, we won't get any last minute bad news like we did this week.  Here's your Monday readying list.

Hometown Boy in the Big Apple
The Miami Herald catches up with Nova Southeastern's University School graduate Josh Gad, who, along with other cast members, was nominated for a Tony Award for Book of Mormon. (Leo Norbert Butz won the award).

A Wicket Time To Be Had
Entr'Acte Theatrix will be presenting its production of How To Succeed in Business (without really trying!) at the Caldwell Theatre June 16-26th,and BroadwayWorld tells us about it.  It's a sad state of affairs that the theatre's location is described as being "opposite Steinway Piano," as if more people are likely to know the store than one of South Florida's older theatre companies.

Going to the Beach
Next month, The Stage Door Theatre will be producing shows at the Byron Carlyle Theatre in Miami Beach, in addition to its Coral Springs location.  Talkin' Broadway gives us some background on the venue, and announces the first show they'll be presenting.

Whispers from The Grave
Florida Stage may be closed, but its blog 1st Draft is still updating.
It's been five days now (depending on when you started counting) that we've been closed. The week has brought sadness, confusion, anger (especially on the part of some of our subscribers), frustration and loss. We're still figuring out how to close things down, and especially to figure out what happens next.
Keep an Eye on this Guy
The Miracle Theatre Examiner (which has nothing to do with the theater on Miracle Mile) talks with City Theatre's Stephanie Norman about Jai Rodriguez.

It's a-coming
We're told that the 'go-live' date for Bill Hirschman's new blog, Florida Theater On Stage, will likely be mid-July.  And on another bright note, Bill was awarded first place for Arts Criticism by the South Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Keynote Speaker
WeeBelly was in attendance at a recent keynote speech by Arena Stage's Molly Smith.
Smith, equally, pointed out that Theaters as organizations deserve loyalty from those whom they helped. Smith posited the question of what would have happened to Florida Stage had every writer and actor who had his/her start at that theater come to the aid of that theater in its time of need? As artists we are obligated to our theaters and theater communities just as much as we insist that our theaters are obligated to us.
Well, sure.  And had we known, I'm sure a number of us would have stepped up.

I know, I know, the recent closing of Florida Stage has brought one question to mind: What would Gary Waldman do?  Well, it seems you'd start a blog consisting of all the great reviews you've gotten over the years while totally ignoring the fact that virtually every company you formed to produce those plays closed owing people money.

1 comment:

  1. I was at the Dramatists Guild Conference and heard Molly Smith's speech (which was recorded for New Play TV and any can watch it). At first, my reaction was similar to yours Chris -- we would have done something if we had known.

    I think, in retrospect, Smith was talking about something bigger than simply the loss of Florida Stage. It speaks to the wider question of how theatre artists and theatre institutions can become more integrated. She was speaking to a room of 300 playwrights, who often feel like outsiders in the process and can make it sound like institutions are the enemy. It simply was too fresh of an example for those of us in South Florida, who would have done something to save Florida Stage.