Monday, October 24, 2011

Mondays are Dark

It's closing day of the South Florida Theatre Festival!  The Theatre League marks the end of the festival with the Festival Closing Party, held at The Green Room in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The fun starts at 7pm.

Enter Outré
If we don't see you at the party, perhaps it's because you're attending Outré Theatre Company's premiere event, a reading of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at New Theatre.  Florida Theater On Stage has the details.

Outside Outré,
The Drama Queen also mentions the Outré Theatre Company reading, but also fills us in on a monologue boot camp run by Amy Miller Brennan, as well as the return to South Florida stages by two grande dames of theatre; 

Gin Got Game
The Drama Queen story features Jan McArt, but Florida Theater On Stage headlines Iris Acker, while Boca Magazine features playwright Tony Finstrom.  Both veteran actresses will be performing in a staged reading of Finstrom's Murder on Gin Lane.  The play will be read tonight at Lynn University, and then again at The Byron Carlyle Theater in Miami Beach.

Guess Who Else Is Back?
The Examiner tells us about the return of Laffing Matterz to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  It's been revamped, with all new material - and and updated menu - for the 2011-2012 season.

Speaking of Returns
He was a prolific producer of South Florida theatre back in the 70s and 80s, staging hit plays at Coconut Grove Playhouse, The Gleason Center, and the Parker Playhouse, among others.  And while he's not back in SOUTH Florida, Zeb Buffman's return to Florida as CEO of  Ruth Eckerd Hall is still noteworthy.  Read about it in BroadwayWorld.

Speaking of Revamping
The Miami Herald reports that the version of The Addams Family coming to the Arsht Center this week has been re-tooled and improved from the Broadway version.

Halloween Special
Florida Theater On Stage reports that AirPlayz is bringing The War of the Worlds to the Caldwell Theatre Company on October 31.  It's the full radio play that made Orson Welles, famous, performed by the Mercury Theatre on The Air back in 1938, complete with artists creating the sound effects live.

Five Questions
The Cultist asks GableStage Artistic Director Joe Adler to answer five questions.  But we have to take exception with interviewer Amanda McCorquodale's assertion that he alone has spared us from endless productions of Cats. Most, although not all, of the region's artistic directors are pretty contemptuous of it.
And we also suspect that if Joe could work in some sex and violence, he might attempt it.  "They're CATS; ya think they don't f*** in that junkyard?  They f*** like cats in heat!  Get it?  In heat?"  We can picture a big finalé where the cats jump through the air, disemboweling each other with their sharp claws in an orgy of bloodlust.  "Now that's a f***ing cat fight. Get it? Cat fight?"

From R&B to Theatre
The Stunned-Senseless Sun-Sentinel interviews Michele Williams.  The former member of Destiny's Child is appearing in What My Husband Doesn't Know, coming to the Gusman Center next week, and the Kravis Center the week after that.

Chita & Ben
The South Florida Sun reports that Broadway legends Chita Rivera and Ben Vereen will be heating things up at the Hard Rock Live on October 27.

New Line Up
Florida Theater On Stage reports that Caldwell Theatre is changing its season schedule; the bad news; they won't be doing City of Angels after all, choosing to replace it with Working, the patchwork musical based on the Studs Terkel collection of interviews with working class Americans.

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