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May 24, 2011

Caldwell sets its summer

Mmck15 24-HOUR TROP EPFSummer froth isn't Clive Cholerton's thing.  So the Caldwell Theatre Company's artistic director has chosen a world premiere (and maybe cringe-inducing) comedy by South Florida playwright Michael McKeever and a poignant play by Sharr White to entertain its audiences in July and August.

First up is McKeever's Stuff, a play sure to resonate with anyone addicted to the A&E series Hoarders.  McKeever gives audiences his own take on real-life brothers Homer and Langley Collyer, who over the course of several decades transformed their family's once-elegant Harlem home on Fifth Avenue at 128th Street into a place that would be camera ready for, well, Hoarders.  See what amazing twists and turns the brothers' story takes when Stuff runs July 6-31. 

White's Six Days, which premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2006, tracks a marriage (and, concurrently, an evolving America) from the end of World War II to the beginning of the Vietnam War.  That play runs Aug. 20-Sept. 4, and Cholerton will direct both.

Performances of the summer shows are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday.  Tickets are $38-$50 per show, but patrons who purchase tickets to both shows at the box office pay $57-$75.  The Caldwell is at 7901 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton.  Call 1-877-245-7432 or visit the theater's web site.

(Michael McKeever photo by Patrick Farrell of The Miami Herald staff.)

May 18, 2011

New Theatre picks a new season

Sota16 six MDW South Florida's theaters are continuing to roll out their 2011-2012 lineups, and now it's New Theatre's turn.  Artistic director Ricky J. Martinez has just announced the company's 26th anniversary season, a mix of summer Shakespeare and world premieres, one a commission from a face quite familiar to New Theatre's patrons.

This year's end-of-summer Shakespearean drama is Henry V, which will run Aug. 26-Sept. 11.  Adapted and directed by Ronald Mangravite, the history play focuses on the king's war with France.

Martinez kicks off the new-work part of his upcoming season with the National New Play Network "rolling world premiere" of A. Rey Pamatmat's Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them.  Running Oct. 14-30, the play is about a trio of on-their-own teens who face a crisis after one shoots something she shouldn't.  Twain and Shaw Do Lunch, Chambers Stevens' world premiere comedy about the first meeting of Mark Twain and George Bernard Shaw, is next up, running Dec. 2-18.  New Theatre literary manager Steven Chambers directs (no, he and the playwright are not one and the same person).

Martinez then helms the world premiere of Robert Caisley's Winter (Jan. 27-Feb. 12), about a feud that erupts between fraternal twins and their late mother's mysterious assistant.  Then comes the world premiere of a New Theatre-commissioned play by Juan C. Sanchez, who also happens to run the company's box office and is also resident playwright at Davie's The Promethean Theatre.  Property Line, which will run March 23-April 8, is about a war between longtime friends and neighbors over 50 feet of grass on waterfront property.  The season's still-to-be-announced final offering will be a classic running May 18-June 12, 2012.

Subscriptions for the company's new season are $190 for a six-show flexible pass ($180 for those who purchase by June 30).  New Theatre is located at 4120 Laguna St., Coral Gables. For info, call the box office at 305-443-5909 or visit the theater's web site.



May 10, 2011

'Red,' 'Ruined' headed to GableStage

Alfred00+broadway06+MDS+HO GableStage producing artistic director Joseph Adler takes his time planning seasons, but when he finally pulls back the curtain on his choices, the lineup is (more often than not) an exciting one.

He's taking it slowly for 2011-2012, revealing just his first two choices so far.  But both are intriguing, prize-winning dramas.  Exact dates aren't yet set, but the titles are.

First up is Red, John Logan's Tony Award-winning play about painter Mark Rothko. Played by Alfred Molina in London and on Broadway, Rothko is portrayed as an intense and demanding artist, doing intellectual battle with his assistant as the two work on Rothko's murals for Manhattan's Four Seasons restaurant.

Adler's next choice is Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined, a harrowing play set in a brothel in war-torn Congo.  The director had planned Ruined for his current season but moved it when he added A Round-Heeled Woman starring Sharon Gless to this season's lineup.

GableStage subscribers who re-subscribe by June 15 get six shows for $185, the same rate as for the current season, plus one additional ticket to any upcoming show.  The theater is located in the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables.  For info, call the box office at 305-445-1119 or visit the GableStage web site.


(Photo of Alfred Molina in Red by Johan Persson)