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Micro Theater, Macro Complaints

Mar 20, 2014
Lisann Ramos

 

The Spanish Cultural Center in downtown Miami is turning complaints into theater.

The center hosts Micro Theater, 15-minute plays performed inside graffiti-covered shipping containers. The series goes on year round, but changes its repertoire every five weeks. 

 

In conjunction with the Wolfsonian-FIU's Power of Design festival, this season's theme is complaints. 

Chloe Herring

Twenty-one cars gathered on Oct. 11 for the grand opening of the new Blue Starlite drive-in theater in Wynwood, and to catch a new spin on the blast-from-the-past movie classic “Back to the Future.”

Guests to the Blue Starlite were greeted by owner Josh Frank’s staff, and cars were personally escorted. As night fell, children made their way to the hoods of their parents’ cars and affectionate lovers held hands. Movie-goers were encouraged to bring their own snacks, but concession was provided accompanied by sounds of vintage concession advertisements.

George Schiavone

When Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” goes up at Miami’s GableStage in January, audiences will be watching the work of three great theater companies instead of just one.

They'll also see a ravishing Haitian ruler defending her homeland against French colonizers, not an Egyptian queen squaring off against her Roman conquerors.

The production, directed by Miami-native Tarell Alvin McCraney is an international collaboration between GableStage, New York City’s Public Theater and England’s Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

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Miami-raised playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney is one of this year’s MacArthur Fellows.

The fellowship, announced Wednesday, is better known as the “genius grant” and comes with a $625,000 prize. Past winners with Miami ties include writer Edwidge Danticat and poet Campbell McGrath.

McCraney’s award-winning plays draw on his experiences growing up in Liberty City. He’s an alumnus of the New World School of the Arts.

Arts Thrive In South Miami-Dade

Sep 20, 2013
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09/20/13 - On a fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat, General Manager of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Eric Fliss, talks about the arts explosion in South Dade due to the center’s community outreach programs and presentations of international, national and local talent. The arts are transforming this South Florida community.

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One of Miami's leading theaters was shuttered in 2006, but an effort to revive the Coconut Grove Playhouse has now cleared an important hurdle with the state.

On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott and his cabinet approved a plan from Miami-Dade County and Florida International University to rebuild and reopen the historic Miami theater pending resolution of some outstanding financial debts and claims on the property.

The county's Cultural Affairs Director Michael Spring addressed the Cabinet during a meeting at Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus.

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08/09/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Executive Director of the Fillmore Miami Beach, Brandon Berry, brings us the enticing event details about the beach’s cherished concert hall. Dean Shelly Berg describes the exciting 30th anniversary events for Festival Miami.

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Palm Beach County's demographics and arts patrons are rapidly changing, and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts intends to keep up. 

"Palm Beach County is no longer a retirement community," says Jane Mitchell, who was recently elected as board chair for the 28-year-old cultural institution. 

Slow Burn Theatre Compnay has grown by leaps and bounds in just a few short years.  As they get ready for their summer musical presentation The Wedding Singer, Co-Artistic Directors Matthew Korinko and Patrick Fitzwater talk about the history of Slow Burn and what it takes to run a successful company.

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) was perhaps the most influential playwright of the twentieth century.

During the 1940s and 1950s, his work took the American theater by storm, achieving enormous popular success and the sort of feverish criticism only accorded writers of groundbreaking genius.

His best-known works include A Streetcar Named Desire, whose 1947 Broadway production launched the careers of Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy, and the 1955 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Louis Tyrrell, Artistic Director of the Theatre at Arts Garage in Delray Beach, is passionate about new American plays.  This summer, a Thursday night play reading and concert series introduces us to musicals South Florida audiences wouldn't otherwise  have a chance to experience.  To hear the full interview, visit artsradionetwork.com.

  

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A Broward County costume company is breathing new life into a Palm Beach County theater that fell victim to financial hard times.

The owners of Costume World are renovating the 30,000-square-foot former home of the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton and will operate the theater themselves under a new name.

Last year, the Caldwell closed down under the weight of $7 million in debt.

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The Miami Theater Center is growing. IFrom the annual contemporary performance SandBox Series to being the new home for Mad Cat Theater Company, MTC has redefined itself as a vibrant center of culture in sleepy Miami Shores.

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At the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, it's intermission during a production of "War Horse."

Eric Chirinsky stands at the bar of the Broward Center's new lounge Club Level, drink in hand, watching the Miami Heat battle the Chicago Bulls on a flat-screen TV.

"I just figured I'd check it out and see how our home team was doing tonight," he says.

But his wife, Katarina, isn't focused on pro basketball right now.  She's sitting alone, enjoying a plate of hors d'oeuvres and a glass of bubbly.

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03/15/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Debra Hall-Greene speaks about the documentary, Stiltsville: Generations On The Flats, which airs on WLRN TV Channel 17 Sunday, March 31st. Judith Bishop talks with Joe Adler, award-winning, South Florida Artistic Producing Director of Gablestage, about regional theater and his long, illustrious career.

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