theater

C.W. Griffin / Miami Herald

 

It is impossible to imagine theater without Charlie Cinnamon. Since the 1950s, he has been a major force on the scene — as a press agent, mentor and as a friend.

“Charlie Cinnamon is theater in South Florida,” 2016 special Tony award recipient Miles Wilkin, chief operating officer of Key Brand Entertainment, said in a 2000 Miami Herald story.

“Public Relations is a title. Charlie made it an art-form and NO ONE was better,” said Broadway director Richard Jay-Alexander.

Nancy Klingener / WLRN

The plays of Tennessee Williams are usually set in the steamy, hot American South. Laurie Sansom is a theater director from chilly, gray Britain. But he’s come to love the works of one of America’s greatest playwrights. And because Key West is where Tennessee Williams lived for decades, that’s where Sansom came to work on a new project.

On Stage Black Box Theater

As far back as 1899, Russian playwright Anton Chekhov worried about the environment and the effect that industrialization and its attendant pollution would have on the natural world. He covered that theme and more -- lost love, the wasted life, alienation -- in his play, "Uncle Vanya."

And now, under the direction of playwright Nilo Cruz, the Spanish-language version of the play comes to the Miami-Dade Auditorium's Black Box Theater  as "Tio Vania."

Michael Marrero

Key West is a decidedly upscale place. Simple wooden homes sell for $1 million or more. Fancy boutiques outnumber bodegas.

But a new play written by a Key West native recaptures the rougher side of island history.

Michael Marrero started working on "Locura" 15 years ago.

"A lot of people forget how Key West used to be before all the tourists and the cruise ships," Marrero said. "As soon as tourism comes into a place and the place is gentrified, it tends to idolize what the past was and create it in a sanitary version."

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

Behind two white screens on a concrete loading dock with no air conditioning, six overhead projectors hum away. People quietly dart around, picking up what look like small cutouts of faces and figures. They place them on the projectors and with almost imperceptible motions move then across the hot screens.

Sometimes a person stands in front of the projectors, his crisp profile forming a silhouette on the other side of a white screen. He interacts with the shadows of these various cut outs - opening a drawer, taking the bite of a giant apple or falling out of a boat.

Two Marines, Two Soldiers Become One Acting Troop

Apr 16, 2015
Kenny Malone / WLRN

For the last three months, four veteran servicemen have been writing and workshopping "Conscience Under Fire," a series of monologues premiering Sunday, April 19 at The Betsy Hotel on South Beach.

The production, funded by the Knight Foundation and presented by Miami Dade College’s MDC Live Arts, is directed by Miami actor/writer/director Teo Castellanos and performed by four veterans who also wrote the show.

Gary Beach is known for his hilarious - and often outrageous - characters on stage and screen, from "The Producers" to "Spamalot" to "La Cage Aux Folles." This month, Beach will be on view at West Palm Beach's Kravis Center in "Celebrity Autobiography."

Listen to the interview with him below:

The 2015 Carbonell Nominations Are In

Jan 21, 2015
Broward Center for the Performing Arts

 

The nominees for the 39th annual Carbonell Awards for South Florida theater have been announced.

Christine DiMattei / WLRN

Until about 18 months ago, the auditorium at Broward College’s Pembroke Pines campus was largely unused.

“They’ve done graduations for kindergarten through fifth grade,” laughs Lamar Lovelace, director of the Broward College South Campus Office of Cultural Affairs. “A few film festivals here and there, but no concerted effort to program around arts and culture.”

But now, the 352-seat theater has been re-branded as BSOCA. And Lovelace is hoping its audiences get fired up enough to change the world. 

A Miami Theater Group Hosts A Play ... On Bikes

Oct 1, 2014
Julia Duba

Over the last few years, bicycle culture has been picking up speed around South Florida.

The Front Yard Theater Collective has combined bicycles and culture.

In its latest play, the troupe performed its scenes at different locations in downtown Miami, and the audience rode on bicycles from one spot to another. It was called “History On Wheels.”

Creative Commons / Flickr user Joe Anzalone

The Miami-based independent movie theater O Cinema will open its third location this fall, in Miami Beach. The City of Miami Beach commission anonymously approved an agreement Wednesday allowing O Cinema to take over management of the Byron-Carlyle Theater.

"Melt" Play Dissects Miami's Various Ethnic Experiences

May 13, 2014
Michael McKeever

When Michael McKeever started out as a playwright 21 years ago, he had a peculiar writing process. He would imagine his characters and say out loud what they would say. He wasn't a trained writer, but had a knack for dialogue.

"I'm sure I sounded like a loon in those first years," McKeever recalls. "But that's how I got my dialogue. It was very natural for me to write the dialogue as I would act out the scene."

Arianna Prothero/WLRN

Local leaders want to brainstorm with the public about the future of the historic Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami. The long-shuttered theater’s fortunes have turned 180 degrees in the past months, as an effort to revitalize the playhouse has solidified. Nick Madigan wrote for the Miami Herald that Grove residents will have three chances to share their ideas with members of the village council and the playhouse’s advisory committee: 

Robert Figueroa

Broward Center for the Performing Arts hosted the 38th annual Carbonell Awards ceremony Monday, March 31. The awards go to regional theater groups. And this year, young groups took home plenty of awards.

Island City Stage is less than two years old, and it took home half a dozen awards. Michael McKeever won best actor for a play called "The Timekeepers" -- an Island City Stage production. Slow Burn Theater is a 4-year-old company and it was nominated for 10 awards.

Pages