Monday, April 9, 2012

Mondays are Dark

We hope you had a lovely Easter and/or Passover.  Here's your post-holiday reading list.

Some Enchanted Evening(s)
South Pacific opens at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts this week; Christine Dolen at The Miami Herald gives us a nice history of the musical, while Broadway World runs down the facts of this production.  From The Herald:
The music, of course, is sublime. It’s easier to mention the South Pacific songs that haven’t become classics than it is to list the ones that are well-known treasures...
Tragic Magic
Miami Artzine talks with the creative team of Death and Harry Houdini, the next House Theatre of Chicago production coming to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
Miami is the first city to see Death and Harry Houdini, although this is the second time House Theater of Chicago has brought a production to the Adrienne Arsht Center having presented The Sparrow in the Carnival Studio Theater last year.
Florida Theater On Stage reports that Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, a new play which had its regional premiere at New Theatre, has gone on to receive a citation from the American Theatre Critics Association ‘s new plays competition.
The award was created by ATCA in 1977 to recognize excellence in playwriting by honoring the best new plays not yet produced in New York City. Since 2000, it has been generously funded by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, making the $40,000 Steinberg/ATCA the largest national new play award of its kind.
Speaking of New Theatre
TheatreMania reports that New Theatre will present its 6th Annual Miami Stories, which is either a play reading festival that also servers as a fundraiser, or vice-versa.

Master-ful Play
The Shiny Sheet has a great story about Athol Fugard's Master Harold and the Boys, which opened Saturday at Palm Beach Dramaworks.  Jan Sjostrom talks with artistic director Bill Hayes, and the three cast members.
Hayes sees Dramaworks playing a role in initiating a dialogue about race that could lead to broader perspectives and a healthier society. Discussions two years ago, when the company examined the works of August Wilson in its master playwrights series, convinced him that Dramaworks’ audience was keenly interested in racial issues as well.
Four Questions
Audience Wanted is inspired by a Passover Seder tradition, and finds four questions that arts organizations should ask themselves every year.

Teen Perspective
The Groundlings was at this year's Carbonell Awards, and talks about seeing A Steady Rain at Gablestage.

Google your Audience
The Producer's Perspective tells us how to make use of a cool tool from Google.
If you’ve been reading this blog for longer than, oh, a day, then you know I love research like Mama Rose loves her Dainty June.  Too many decisions are made in this business by folks sitting around an ad table (who probably haven’t purchased a theater ticket in the last decade), without consulting the people that actually have to figure out how to get a babysitter, how to get the best seats, and how to afford our high prices. 
Arts for All
The Examiner fills us in on the latest production from Voices United; Portal 108.  It's described as a "living museum" that will be presented at the Arsht Center on April 14.
The culturally diverse ensemble is comprised of 50 students, ages 10-20. The student actors, singers, dancers, musicians and visual artists represent 18 schools and colleges in Miami-Dade County.
Hee Haw, and so on
The Miami Herald reports that the Arsht Center is bring in Dian Paulus down to put together a production of The Donkey Show, a disco take on A Midsummer Night's Dream; and get this; they're casting locally.  Also, Christopher Durang will be participating in CityWrights. And there are a couple of college productions on the horizon.


... in Miami, the Coconut Grove Playhouse is still closed.  But The Coconut Grove Grapevine shows there's still a lot of community support for a theatre in the neighborhood.

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