Monday, September 19, 2011

Mondays are Dark

New Kids in Town
Broadway World reports that the latest new theater in South Florida is Outré Theatre Company, founded by Skye Whitcomb and Nori Tecosky.

Money Makes The World Go Around
At least, it helps the plays to go on.  Palm Beach Dramaworks just received a sizable gift to help them pay for their new home on Clematis Street.  The Shiny Sheet,  reports that the donors have a connection to other major regional theaters.  The Palm Beach ArtsPaper has the story, too.  Florida Theater On Stage also covers the story, and adds that another Florida Stage staffer has found a new home.

But FREE Is Good, Too
The Drama Queen reports that the Free Night of Theatre returns to South Florida, with some twists.

Speaking of Free
Have you been to the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center yet?  Well, The Miami Theatre Examiner reports that the venue is opening its doors for a free family fun day.  Bring the kids!  And if you don't have kids, bring someone else's!  With permission, of course.  And yes, you have to take them home, after.

We Got To Wear Shades
The Miami Herald says that the future's looking bright, at least through the coming theatre season.

...from new (well, newish) companies, to new spaces and new collaborations, to new theater series. And of course, there will be the usual harvest of new plays as theaters continue to explore the work of a growing group of regional playwrights along with scripts from writers based elsewhere.
What Came Before
Meanwhile, Florida Theater On Stage reflects on last season:

...imagine critics asking each other for a reality check whether their standards were still intact because they were writing so many near-rave reviews in a row.

That gives you a hint of just how unusually strong the 2010-2011 season was in South Florida.
We Certainly Did Better than Minnesota.
The Minnesota Playlist also had an article reviewing their last season, and boy, another reason I'm glad to live here.

...I realized, honestly, I haven’t seen that much. I could chalk that up to being busy - though that would be a lie. Frankly it comes down to the fact that there’s been nothing that I really want to see. Then, another realization: What I have seen, I just haven’t liked.
Do It Again
Conundrum Stages had such a success with Sirens & Strings: An Acou-Chix Experience, that they're doing it again.

No More Midnight Phone Calls
Broadway World reports that with the successful opening of As Bees In Honey Drown under the management of Andy Rogow, founding member David Goldyn has stepped down as Artistic Director of Rising Action Theatre Company.

It's A Wonder She's NOT Crazy
Florida Theater On Stage talks with Deborah Sherman, actor, director, producer, housewife, and mother.  Yes, all that and she still maintains that she's sane. 
Ms. Sherman is appearing in Side Effects at Mosaic Theatre.  BTW, they sold out their Sunday performance; get your tickets now or risk missing another great production.

Really Innovative Ticket Pricing
Butts In Seats tells us about a unique approach to selling tickets; don't.

...sponsoring a particular item, instead of purchasing a ticket, increases the audience’s emotional connection with the performance and with the company. Ritchey recounts, “A lot of times people would come up to us after the show and say I got you guys an hour of rehearsal space or I got that costume.” People get excited about what they have contributed to the evening’s performance.
An interesting idea, to be sure.

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