Friday, October 30, 2015

The Scene for October 30, 2015

It’s Halloween Weekend here in South Florida.  And if you’re looking for approprieately themed plays, we suggest The Toxic Avenger at Actors’ Playhouse, The Rocking Dead at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts,  Young Frankenstein at The Crest Theatre, and Bloody Broadway: a Spook-tacular Music Revue at Andrews Living Arts Studios.
It’s your last chance to check out the GableStage production of Disgraced, if you haven’t seen it, do it now.
Here’s what’s playing this week on The Scene:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Slow Burn Theatre: Big Fish (reviews)

BCPA_BigFish_1695X953Slow Burn Theatre Company opened its production of the musical Big Fish at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on October 22, 2015.

Based on the celebrated novel and acclaimed film, Big Fish centers on Edward, a traveling salesman, who lives life to the fullest and then some! His incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him—most of all, his devoted wife. But their son, Will, who will soon have his own child, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Big Fish swims deftly between two worlds: the lush, vibrant world of Edward’s fantasies and the subtler world of Will’s reality. Overflowing with heart and humor, Big Fish is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself.

Patrick Fitzwater directed a cast that included Shane Tanner, Ann Marie Olson, Justen Fox-Hall, Anjane Girwarr, Gabe Sklar, Ben Sandomir, Leah Marie Sessa, Christopher Mitchell, Matthew Korinko, Kendra Williams, Geoffrey Short, Emily Tarallo, Brian Varela, Corey Vega, James Patrick Giordano, Nicole Kinzel, Meaghan Nagy and Joshua Conner..

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Scene for October 23, 2015

If anyone is dressing up as Marty McFly or Doc Brown this Halloween, the Theatre League has been asked to find some actors to help set the tone for the Bakehouse Art Complex fundraiser on November 14; they’ve doing a Back to the Future-themed evening.  So if you’re interested in giving your costume one more spin, contact Andie Arthur at the South Florida Theatre League.
Conundrum Stages presents an evening of music and theatre at the MUSE Center for the Arts this Saturday; their revues always make for a nice evening.
Here’s what’s playing this week on The Scene:

Actors’ Playhouse: The Toxic Avenger (reviews)

APMT toxic_logoActors’ Playhouse opened its production of The Toxic Avenger at the Miracle Theater on October 14, 2015.
Based on the classic cult film of the same name, this new rock-pop musical is a charming, exhilarating and hysterical love story that has it all – an unlikely hero, his beautiful girlfriend, a corrupt New Jersey Mayor, and two guys who play EVERY other character in the play; including bullies, monsters, old ladies and stiletto-wearing back up singers. “Toxie” is an unconventional contemporary love story with an environmental twist that will rock the house and leave audiences laughing out loud.
David Arisco directed a cast that included Julie Kleiner, Clay Cartland, Laura Hodos, Dexter Carr, and Joshua Dobarganes.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Mondays are Dark

Amaturo Refurb

This week’s “dark” theatre is the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  The renovation of the 588 seat theater marks the end of final phase of the updates to the venerable Performing Arts Center, and Slow Burn Theater Company will opening its production of Big Fish there this week.  It’s a new era for the company and for the Broward Center; hope you’ll be there.


Here’s your Monday reading list.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Evening Star Productions: 35mm (reviews)

EveningStarEvening Star Productions opened its production of 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, on October 8, 2015.
A picture is worth 1,000 words — what about a song? Can a picture inspire a song or fifteen? In 35mm, each photo creates a unique song, moments frozen in time; a glimmer of a life unfolding, a glimpse of something happening. A stunning new multimedia musical which explores a groundbreaking new concept in musical theatre…
Rosalie Grant directed a cast that included Jordana Forrest, Sabrina Gore, Steven Michael Kennedy, Elvin Negron and Eric O’Keefe;  accompanied by Jason Robert Buelow on piano, Meredith Levin on violin and Ben Brown on guitar.

Palm Beach Dramaworks: Picnic (reviews)

poster_show75Palm Beach Dramaworks opened its production of Picnic on October 9, 2015.
A handsome stranger drifts into a small Kansas town and awakens the dormant dreams and repressed desires of a group of lonely women in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
William Hayes directed a cast that included Kelly Gibson, Merlin Huff, Patti Gardner, Maren Searle, Elizabeth Dimon, Margery Lowe, Taylor Miller, Michael McKeever, Julie Rowe, Natalia Coego and Riley Anthony

Pigs Do Fly Productions: Flying High! (reviews)

PIGS DF Flying High - On StagePigs Do Fly Productions opened its latest collection of short plays, Flying High, at Empire Stage on October 9, 2015
Seven brand new short plays chosen to highlight ‘vibrant, healthy people over the age of 50 doing interesting things with their lives’; the plays are selected with all audiences in mind. Playwrights include E.M. Garcia, Andrea Rassler, Marv Siegel, and Carol White.
Gail S. Garrisan and Elena Maria Garcia directed a repertory cast that included Todd Caster, Steven A. Chambers, Jim Gibbons, Elissa D. Solomon, Carol Sussman and Donna Warfield.

The Scene for October 16, 2015

Yes, the Scene is a little late, because we’re neck deep in presenting some of the fine productions you’ll be seeing on stage in the next few weeks.
This week, we’ve got the opening of an adaptation of a schlocky 1980s horror movie and a new original home-grown musical, while the national tour of Once and the critically acclaimed Map of Virtue are closing.
Here’s what’s playing this week on The Scene:

Monday, October 12, 2015

Mondays are Dark

StageDoorAnother Monday, another reading list.  It’s a little sparse this week, but we think it’s just the calm before the storm; expect more next week, as the theatre season opens in earnest.

Today’s theater is the Stage Door Theatre in Margate.  We don’t have an interior shot, but this former movie house has two stages.  The company, formed in 1993, has also taken on a few satellite venues over the years, but this is their home.


Here’s your Monday reading list:

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Wick Theatre: A Funny Thing Happened… (reviews)

WICK forum logoThe Wick Theatre opened its production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum on October 1, 2015.
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two.
Bob Walton directed a cast that included Ken Jennings, Michael Ursua, Christopher Brand, Michael Scott, Erika Amato, Whitney Winfield, Jim Ballard, David Setteducati, and Troy Stanley.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Scene for October 9, 2015

And now the 2015-2016 Theatre Season is running full throttle across South Florida.  National Tours are rolling through, shows are opening and closing, the three oldest community theaters in the region have shows going, and we’ve got choices for the kids this weekend.
And the first company to stage its own production of American Idiot is Showtime Boca.  Who saw that coming?  Not us!
Here’s what’s playing this week on The Scene:

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Broward Center: Once (5 reviews)

once3The National Tour of the musical Once opened at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on October 6, 2015.
Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance.
John Tiffany directed a cast that included Stuart Ward, Dani de Waal, and a bunch of people they won’t list in any fashion we can easily post here.

GableStage: Disgraced (reviews)

GablestageDisgracedGableStage opened its production of Disgraced at the Biltmore Hotel on October 3, 2015.
New York.  Today.  Four friends get together for cocktails and dinner at the apartment of a successful corporate lawyer who has turned his back on the Muslim faith of his parents.  Relationships and beliefs about race and identity are questioned — as the dinner party explodes into professional and personal betrayals.
Joseph Adler directed a cast that featured Armando Acevedo, Angel Dominguez, Betsy Graver, Karen Stephens and Gregg Weiner.

Stage Door Theatre: Promises, Promises (3 reviews)

Stage DoorBroward Stage Door Theatre opened its production of Promises, Promises on September 25, 2015.
Infused with the swinging energy of 1968 Manhattan, PROMISES PROMISES is the musical tale of a lovelorn young executive and a romantically troubled waitress.  Featuring the hits “ A House Is Not a Home”, “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”, “I Say A Little Prayer For You,”  and many more. Book by Neil Simon and music by Burt Bacharach.
Michael Leeds directed a cast that included Elliot Peterson, Jessica Brooke Sandford, James A. Skiba, Shenise Nunez, Kayley Stevens, Bob Levitt, Ashely Rubin, and Cara McMorrow.  Music Direction by Michael Larsen.

Thinking Cap Theatre: A Map of Virtue (reviews)

VANGUARD A Map of Virtue - On StageThinking Cap Theatre Company opened its production of A Map of Virtue at The Vanguard on October 1, 2015.
A Map of Virtue is a symmetrical play guided by a bird statue, pivoting around an encounter with and dissection of evil. Part interview, part comedy, part middle-night-middle-forest horror story.
Nicole Stodard directed a cast that included Noah Levine, Niki Fridh, Casey Dressler, Alex Alvarez, Scott Douglass Wilson, and Tom Anello.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Mondays are Dark

PBD2Another Monday.  It was a busy weekend, with plays opening and closing across the region, and of course, Broward County’s being hundredth anniversary party attracted throngs of nearly a dozen people.  Which meant there were lots of seats at the Ikea Lounge, and the lines for drinks were nonexistent.

We’re bringing back the featured theater photo: this week’s theater is Palm Beach Dramaworks.  Originally a movie house called the Florida Theater, the space has been home to The Stage Company, The Florida Repertory Company, The Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training, and The Cuillo Center.  The only survivor through all of that is the door to what was the lobby telephone booth, which now serves as a closet.


Here’s your Monday reading list:

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Scene for October 2, 2015

OK, there may be a couple of you who have been nursing this fantasy that it’s still summer because it’s still hot and humid.  But it’s October now. Full-blown fall.  Summer is dead, now.  Get over it.
But it also means the 2015-16 Theater Season is really here!  And it’s also the 100th anniversary of the founding of Broward County, big celebration all weekend long; see the links below.

We also wanted to point out this WLRN article about MicroTheatre Miami.  We’ve listed this “well-kept secret” for months, we hope you’ve checked it out.  And if not, well, check it out.
Here’s what’s playing this week on The Scene: