As predicted, the theater season has started with a vengeance. Eight shows opened across three counties last week, with more on the way. This week’s big opening is Slow Burn’s long awaited production of the musical version of Stephen King’s Carrie. Yes, its Broadway premiere was a flop of legendary proportions, but it enjoyed an extended off-Broadway revival in 2012.
Here’s your Monday reading list:
24 Hour Theatre Project
Florida Theater On Stage reports that Naked Stage’s annual 24 Hour Theatre Project is on track to play on October 27 at Palm Beach Dramaworks. But this year, the beneficiary isn’t The Naked Stage. This year’s proceeds will go to help long-time theatre supporter Dana Castellan cover the costs of her fight against cancer.
A Spanish Language Theatre Festival
Playing in Palm Beach
Speaking of Slow Burn
The move brings a significant theater producer to a county that has suffered the loss of major companies in recent years, even as smaller troupes have cropped up.
Currently, the company stages plays in West Boca, Aventura, and Fort Lauderdale, making it the only theater company producing shows in all three counties that make up metropolitan South Florida.
Professionals and Students
With University of Miami students working alongside seasoned professionals in almost every job, an apprenticeship has been forged that has had such a mutually synergistic benefit that sometimes the lines get blurred who are the mentors and who are the mentees.
The highly theatrical and adult-oriented origin story of Peter Pan is the fourth co-production of the Arsht’s Theater Up Close series and UM’s Department of Theatre Arts.
“This is my 19th time directing it,” Charnin says. “Over the course of the years, it morphs into different kinds of events. Sometimes, I discover it’s drifted so far away from its original intentions, I have to bring it back. ... This is more like the original.”
Life is a Cabaret Du Jour
Art is Life
Scroll down this Miami Herald article to find out where you can see Deborah Sherman perform her solo show, Frida: Unmasked this Friday. And then you can read on to learn about Thinking Cap Theatre’s new reading series.
Speaking of Thinking Cap
“At our production meeting, I said, ‘Put on your party hats and not just your thinking caps,’ “ says Nicole Stodard, the company’s founding artistic director. “We definitely haven’t done anything seasonal to date. It’s all been mission-driven work. I think it’s a good way to provide more fare for audiences and to get more people involved in the community and get people working.”
"The Last Romance is a warm, funny and insightful play about love after 65," says Whitelaw. "I hope our audiences will leave the theatre with a smile on their faces and a tear in their eyes. I know that after I read it, I did. Joe DiPietro is a talented young writer, who knows his characters and their territory."
Arthur Whitelaw directs this production. His productions have racked awards including the Tony, Oscar, Emmy, Olivier, Evening Standard, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and more. Guess he wants to add “Carbonell” to the list.
The Palm Beach Daily News reports that there are no plans to demolish the long-dormant Royal Poinciana Playhouse, probably. But we haven’t heard much lately about plans to re-open it, either.