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Theatre at Arts Garage, M Ensemble pick seasons

Some theaters roll out their new season lineups early, the better to get the jump on subscription sales. Others take their time. But by now, most companies have pulled back the curtain on their plans, and we'll update you with some of that news through the week.

Louis04 NEWPLAYS TROP RDELou Tyrrell, founder and artistic director of Florida Stage throughout its 24-year history, launched his new venture at the way-cool Arts Garage in Delray Beach last season.  Working in more intimate quarters and on a far smaller budget, Tyrrell offered readings and interview sessions with big-name playwrights, a new play festival and a pair of small-scale revues, Woody Sez and Cabaret Verboten.

For 2012-2013, Tyrrell is presenting three plays:  Lauren Gunderson's Southern "revenge comedy," Exit, Pursued by a Bear (Dec. 7-30); Israel Horovitz's dark comedy Gloucester Blue (Jan. 25-Feb. 17); and Duncan MacMillan's Lungs (March 15-April 14), a play about a couple torn over the question of having a baby.

Tickets to each show are $30-$40.  The Arts Garage is at 180 NE First St., Delray Beach, just a short walk from Atlantic Avenue with its busy restaurant-bar scene.  For info, call 561-450-6357 or visit the facility's web site.


M Ensemble, South Florida's oldest theater company, has lined up its next season at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 28th St., Miami.

AUGWILSON.IMGThe company continues working its way through August Wilson's 10-play cycle, this season kicking off with King Hedley II (Nov. 15-Dec. 2).  In the spring, M Ensemble will present the musical revue It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues (March 14-April 7).  Gus Edwards' Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking wraps up the season (May 9-June 22).

Tickets are $40 for opening night, $25 for general admission, $20 for students and seniors. For information on the season, call 1-786-953-8718 or visit the theater's web site.

 (Photos of Lou Tyrrell, top, and August Wilson)