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October 29, 2012

Stage veterans, newcomers score Silver Palm Awards

SiLVERPALMPHOTOThe Silver Palm Awards are to South Florida's Carbonell Awards as Off-Broadway's Obie Awards are to Broadway's Tonys.  The five-year-old Silver Palms have "...no nominees, no winners or losers, and no limit to the number of citations given in any 'category,' though there really are no official categories," says playwright Tony Finstrom, the awards' chairman and founder.

In other words, the awards for excellence in local theater from Sept. 1, 2011, to Aug. 31, 2012, are more free-form than the Carbonells.  Finstrom, TV host Iris Acker and critic Ron Levitt form the Silver Palm committee, and recommendations are made by a panel of critics and theater freelancers (including me).

This year's awards will be presented during the annual holiday party held by the South Florida Theatre League.  The celebration happens Dec. 3 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at a to-be-announced Fort Lauderdale venue. Non-Theatre League members will pay an admission fee, but members party for free.  For info and reservations, call Andie Arthur at 954-577-0778; for Silver Palm details, visit the organization's web site.

Now to the winners, which for the first time include six previous Silver Palm recipients.  The year's honored directors are GableStage's Joseph Adler (for Race, Red, The Motherf**ker With the Hat and Time Stands Still), Actors' Playhouse's David Arisco (for Next to Normal and Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol), Margaret M. Ledford (for After the Revolution at the Caldwell Theatre Company, The Unseen at Promethean Theatre and Turn of the Screw at the Naked Stageand Stuart Meltzer (for his consistently outstanding work as Zoetic Stage's resident director). 

IMG_chicago_duo_5_1_UG4EA9P0The honored playwrights are Mark Della Ventura (for writing and performing Small Membership, and for his performance in Lobby Hero, both at Alliance Theatre Lab), Christopher Demos-Brown (for Captiva at Zoetic), Kim Ehly (as outstanding new playwright for Baby GirL, a Kutumba Theatre Project production at Empire Stage) and Michael McKeever (for Moscow at Zoetic).

Actors being honored with Silver Palms are Katherine Amadeo (for Naked Stage's Turn of the Screw), Jim Ballard (for All My Sons and The Fantasticks at Palm Beach Dramaworks and Side Effects at Mosaic Theatre), Ken Clement (for Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol and Becky's New Car at Actors' Playhouse and The Last of the Red Hot Lovers at Stage Door Theatre), Todd Allen Durkin (for Captiva at Zoetic, A Steady Rain at GableStage and A Measure of Cruelty at Mosaic), Lindsey Forgey (as outstanding new talent for Baby GirL at Empire Stage and Into the Woods, Urinetown and Xanadu at Slow Burn Theatre), Jodie Langel for Next to Normal at Actors' Playhouse and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Laura Turnbull (for The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds at Dramaworks, Becky's New Car at Actors' Playhouse and Death and the Maiden at Mosaic) and Gregg Weiner (for Red, A Steady Rain, Race and Time Stands Still at GableStage).

IMG__Baby_GirL__3_1_775CDV41Also being honored are set designer Michael Amico (for his Palm Beach Dramaworks designs for All My Sons, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds and Master Harold...and the boys) and Fort Lauderdale's Island City Stage (as outstanding new theater company for its debut with The Twentieth Century Way at Empire Stage).

The Theatre League will also present its annual Remy Awards at the holiday celebration. Director Amy London, executive director of the Carbonell Awards, gets the Pioneer Award, and journalist Bill Hirschman gets the Service Award for his Florida Theater On Stage blog.

(Photo of Gregg Weiner and Todd Allen Durkin in GableStage's A Steady Rain; photo of Nori Tecosky and Lindsey Forgey in Kutumba Theatre's Baby GirL)




October 26, 2012

Great theater on screen

1059New Theatre is winding up its run of Willy Russell's Educating Rita at Miami's Roxy Performing Arts Center this weekend, with performances at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday.  But venture into Coral Gables, and you can catch the great Julie Walters (the actress who originated the role of the knowledge-hungry Rita) on screen in the National Theatre of London's production of The Last of the Haussmans.

In Stephen Beresford's play, Walters plays Judy Haussman, a matriarch whose spirit is more '60s than high society; Helen McCrory and Roy Kinnear costar as her daughter and son.  The comedy, part of the "Live from the National Theatre of London" series, will be shown through the weekend at 1 p.m. Friday-Sunday at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables.  Tickets are $16 ($14 for seniors 65 and older and for fulltime students, $12 for Cinema members, $10 for children 12 and under).  For info, call 786-385-9689 or visit the movie theater's web site.


October 23, 2012

Party with 'Rocky,' learn from 'Heights' duo

As Halloween approaches, you can count on some theater or other doing The Rocky Horror Show, that dress-up audience participation horror flick spoof.  This year, Entr'Acte Theatrix will do the Time Warp and all the other tunes from the forever-popular Rocky.  And Andrews Living Arts Studio in Fort Lauderdale is having its own go at Rocky, with a special Halloween costume ball.

The Entr'Acte Rocky Horror runs from Thursday through Nov. 4 at the Crest Theatre at the Delray Center for the Arts in Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray each.  Performances are 8 p.m. Oct. 25-27 and Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 28, and 2 p.m. Nov. 3-4.  Tickets are $25 ($10 student rush).  For information, call 561-243-7922 or visit the Entr'Acte web site.

Andrews Living Arts' Rocky Horror is at 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, with extra 11 p.m. shows Friday-Saturday and that costume ball at 8 p.m. on Halloween.  Tickets are $24.95 in advance, $29.95 at the door (for Halloween, you get the lower rate if you come in costume), and studnets pay $16.95.  Andrews Living Arts is at 23 NW Fifth St. in Fort Lauderdale.  Call 1-800-838-3006 or visit the theater's web site.

Heights actors give back

Shaun Taylor-CorbettActor-dancers Noemi Del Rio and Shaun Taylor-Corbett met while doing the Broadway production of In the Heights, then got married. Both are headed for Miami Oct. 26-27 to teach master classes for the Miami Childrens Theater.  Del Rio, a New World School of the Arts grad, and Taylor-Corbett offer a workshop session From 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in which they'll teach an In the Heights dance combination followed by an interactive seminar covering auditions and vocal/acting techniques.  The cost is $35.

Noemi Del RioTheir four-hour workshop from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 is a musical theater master class in which they'll work with individual students.  That one has a $150 fee and is limited to a dozen participants; three spaces remain.

The master classes take place in the Russell Theater at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center, 11155 SW 112th Ave., Miami.  For information, call 305-274-3595 or visit the theater's web site.