Monday, August 20, 2012

Mondays are Dark

Jolson at the Wintergarten, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, photo: C. McGovern 
It's another Monday, and another reading list!  Yesterday on our Facebook Page, we announced that we'd like to start featuring images of local theatres at the top of this column every week.  Specifically, "dark" shots, that is, photos of your theatre on a dark day.  It can be completely empty; it can show a set loading in, or lights being hung, or just the audience chamber - just so it's obvious that there's not a show going on. 

Christopher McGovern contributed this week's shot, the set of Jolson at the Wintergarten onstage at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, back in 2011.

Without further ado, here's your Monday reading list.


Mission Paradox reminds us that we should know our real numbers, not just the ones that comfort us.
Our ego makes us want to see the 2,000.  It makes us want to see the 1,000 people on the email and the 1,000 Twitter followers and call them our "audience".  Reality and maturity teach us the hard way that the real audience is closer to 200.
Another New One
The Drama Queen announces that a new company is on the scene; What If Works, Inc.
The mission statement reads this way:  "What if Works offers theatre, film and music graduates a creative bridge by which to transition from an academic environment to the professional world of entertainment while sustaining the power of literature through the exploration of works that champion compassion and social justice."
Their first production will be How It Hangs, by South Florida playwright Grace McKeaney.  It's apparently a mini-tour of South Florida; it will play August 23-26 at the City Church of Homestead, August 29th and 30th at Roxy Performing Arts Center, and The Sunrise Civic Center on September 8.

You Know, for Kids Students
BroadwayWorld announces its BWW Student Center, a database of every university theatre program in the United States,

One Down,  Many More To Go
Florida Theater On Stage turned One last week.  Congratulations!  We're lucky to have such a great source for reviews and in-depth news and interviews about South Florida theater.  And we're looking forward to another year of great stories, and many more after that.

Award-Winning Theater Wins Another
The Examiner reports that Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theater has been honored with the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce's 2012 City Beautiful Award for Outstanding Historic PreservationTheaterMania has a photo of the presentation

A Case for Critics
The New York Times explains why critics should be critical, and why it's a good thing.

Fingers Crossed that Fingers Weren't Crossed
Miami Today reports that BURN NOTICE has a handshake deal with the City of Miami to stay on for one more season.  Now, the show needs to be renewed for one more year, and the Commission has to approve the deal.

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