Monday, July 9, 2012

Mondays are Dark

While it's summer in South Florida, at least we haven't hit the dizzying heights of heat that some parts north have managed.  But that doesn't mean that we shouldn't be thankful that Willis Carrier decided to fix that quality control problem at his employer's print shop a hundred years ago.

Just a reminder that Conundrum Stages resumes its weekly Ghost Light Playreading Series this week.

And don't forget you can take a chance on Summerfest Free Night.  Or at least indulge in A Taste of Summer Theatre.
Here's your Monday reading list:

More Millions Down The Drain
The Miami Herald reports that repairs to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts may cost well over $2 million. A storm drain failed during a performance of The Lion King back in May, forcing cancellation of the next day's performances.

It's shocking that a building barely 6 years old already needs such major repairs, but no word on whether the center, which was completed in 2005 for $470 million ($200 million over budget), will attempt to recoup damages from the contractors responsible for the failed storm drains.  And remember; this was just a rainy season rainstorm, typical for South Florida: what will happen when a big storm comes?

New Blood at FPTA
Florida Theater On Stage and Stage Directions reports that William Hayes, producing artistic director of Palm Beach Dramaworks, has been elected president of the Florida Professional Theatres Association (FPTA).   Rachel Blavatnik of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre is Secretary/Treasurer.

Rockin' Time at the Old Playhouse
The Miracle Theatre Examiner gushes about the Lake Worth Playhouse community theater production of Hairspray.
Richard Cameron of Theatre Chat thanks Lake Worth Playhouse for continuing to bring award winning musicals to Florida that are produced with the highest level of production values, while hiring local Florida artists including Direction, Sound and Music elements. These reasons alone should be your decision factor when purchasing your Lake Worth Playhouse 2012/13 Season Subscription.
Well, those reasons should factor in, anyway.

Ain't the Caldwell
BroadwayWorld reports that Entr’Acte Theatrix & Palm Beach Principal Players have opened Jesus Christ Superstar at the Count De Hoernle Theatre, the theatre that The Caldwell Theatre Company built.  The production runs through July 15th.

Speaking of Superstar
 Florida Theater On Stage was there for the tribute to Jan McArt that was held during the Sunday matinee of Jesus Christ Superstar, and posted some pictures.

Let's Get Naked
Naked News ends its twenty-one-month-long hiatus to remind us that The Naked Stage is back from their twenty-one-month-long hiatus; their production of The Turn Of The Screw opens July 20, 2012.  Of course, Katherine Amadeo will be in the show, her husband Antonio will design the set, and they will be joined by director Margaret M. Ledford and Matthew William Chizever.

Festival Time
The Miami Herald fills us in on the 27th Annual International Hispanic Theatre Festival, which opens this Thursday at the hopefully repaired Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. And organizer Mario Ernesto Sanchez has good news for those who don't speak Spanish:
“This year’s festival is really inclusive,” he says. “We have productions in English, Spanish, Spanish with English supertitles, non-verbal shows. Since 1995, I’ve been wanting to attract the non-Spanish speaker.”

Also at the Arsht
The Miami Herald reports that The Donkey Show is coming together for its opening at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts later this week.
South Florida singers, dancers, actors and aerialists make up the cast, which can play to as many as 800 people at each performance on the stage of the Ziff Ballet Opera House, which is being transformed into a Studio 54-like venue dubbed Club Oberon.
BroadwayWorld gives us a more detailed look at the creative team and some of the performers.

A Summer Tradition
The Town Crier tells us about Love's Labours Lost, part of the FAU Festival Rep, playing through July 21.
Festival Rep is now in its 26th year and will once again feature professional actors working alongside FAU’s finest graduate students in their last productions before they graduate and enter the world of professional theater. The professional actors are Laura Wayth, Kathryn Johnston and Terry Cain. Wayth has performed locally at the Caldwell Theatre and the University of Miami. Johnston has appeared at Caldwell Theatre, New Vista, New Theatre and Gablestage. Cain has performed at Royal Palm Dinner Theater, Actor’s Playhouse, Hollywood Playhouse, Stage Door Theater and Florida Grand Opera.
It Ain't Peanuts

Not like you remember them, anyway.  The Examiner reports that the FAU chapter of Alpha Psi Omega will present Dog Sees God; Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead next month at FAU's Studio One Theatre.

New Company opens with New Play

Empire Stage teams up with new company Kutumba Theatre Project to present Baby GirL, a new play by Kim Ehly, and  BroadwayWorld has the story. 
Baby GirL was conceived by Kim Ehly in a writing workshop held by Connie Congdon in New York City, in conjunction with a personal monologue exercise in a Strasberg scene study class in New York City. The monologue was supposed to be two pages long, but ended up being seventeen and half pages…and so, a play was born. A reading of Baby GirL, while in its development stage, was met with great applause at the New Theatre in Coral Gables. The screenplay version of Baby GirL placed as a finalist at the NewFest Film Festival in New York City.
It runs from July 13 through August 5.

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