Monday, June 16, 2014

Mondays are Dark

theatre_festival_homeActually, Monday’s aren’t so dark in the summer; the South Florida Theatre League  brings you Summer Theatre Fest, a series of free play readings hosted at member theaters across South Florida. They occur every Monday night through the end of August.

Tonight’s entry is Captiva, by Christopher Demos Brown.  It will be presented by the Maltz Jupiter Theatre at 7:30 pm this evening.

And while The Heat may have lost, everyone’s a winner when you buy theater tickets.


Here’s your brief top-of-the-summer reading list.

Long at the Shorts

The Miami Herald reports that City Theatre has been around a long time doing short plays.

City Theatre has specialized in the art of the short play for 19 years, a very long run that founders Susan Westfall, Stephanie Norman and Elena Wohl probably didn’t envision when they sat around a kitchen table and cooked up the idea for an annual Summer Shorts Festival.

Opening This Week

Boca Mag fills us in on Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical, opening this week at Arts Garage.



If you find yourself in New York City tonight, Playbill reports that Rachel Bay Jones is performing at Birdland Jazz Club.

SMDCAC innovates

The Miami Herald reports that the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is offering a build-you-own subscription series,


Lake Worth Playhouse Awarded Grant

WPTV Channel 5 News reports that the Lake Worth Playhouse will be receiving a hefty sum to spruce up the joint for their 61st season.  The Playhouse is the second oldest continually operating community theater in South Florida.




…in Palm Beach, the Royal Poinciana Playhouse is still closed.  According to the Palm Beach Daily News, the Town Council is getting impatient at the lack of progress by the National Arts Institute, which is apparently doing business as The Palm Beach Performing Arts Center.

The Town Council voiced impatience Tuesday at the paucity of information in a written report from the Palm Beach Performing Arts Center regarding its progress in renovating the Royal Poinciana Playhouse.

“There are many unanswered questions,” said Mayor Gail Coniglio, who requested the update. “We need to continue to hold feet to the fire.”

The questions include discrepancies on the costs of renovation, reports of funds donated with no source indicated, and any sort of concrete timeline on when the work will commence, what it will entail, and when it should be complete.

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