September 05, 2008

Promethean adds a Diament world premiere

The artists who run Davie's Promethean Theatre, Promethean_2 just back from a successful run of Juan C. Sanchez's Red Tide at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, have some world premiere news to share.  Rounding out an adventurous season -- which begins with Barton Bishop's Still the River Runs (Oct. 17-Nov. 2) and includes Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire's Kimberly Akimbo (March 27-April 12) and the whimsical Cannibal! The Musical (sometime next July) -- is a brand-new work by Argentina-born, Miami-based Mario Diament.

Promethean's second play this season will be Diament's A Report on the Banality of Love, a piece about the love story of German philosopher Martin Heidegger and his Jewish student, Hannah Arendt.  Margaret M. Ledford will direct the play about the passion that united two great minds.

A Report on the Banality of Love will run Jan. 9-25 at the Mailman Hollywood Theatre at Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Ave., Davie. Tickets will be $25 ($15 for seniors, $10 for students). For information, call 786-317-7580, send an E-mail or visit the theater's web site.

September 04, 2008

McCraney delves into drag

Wigout008r_crosegg Miami playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney continues on his ascendant career path with his new play Wig Out!, which begins performances on Wednesday (Sept. 10) at Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre.  Acclaimed director Tina Landau is staging the play.

McCraney tells the story of Eric (Andre Holland), a young black man who meets Wilson (Clifton Oliver), a drag performer with the House of Light.  Wilson becomes Eric's guide into a world of fantasy, competing drag houses and more.  Among the play's stars are Erik King (standing in photo), one of the stars of TV's Dexter, and Nathan Lee Graham (seated).  King plays Lucian, the founding father of the House of Light, and Graham is Rey Rey, the family's flamboyant mother.

Wig Out! officially opens Sept. 30 and runs through Oct. 19.  Performances are 7 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 to $55.  The Vineyard is at 108 E. 15th St. in New York.  Call 212-353-0303 or visit the Vineyard web site for tickets.

One more thought: It would be nice to see this play somewhere in South Florida, which McCraney still calls home.

(Photo by Carol Rosegg)

June 20, 2008

Tears for the Tony-less

The fallout from last Sunday's Tony Awards is beginning, as struggling shows that voters shunned are starting to announce closing dates.

Snyder00_james_wknd_jm Shed a tear for Cry-Baby, the John Waters movie-turned-musical that hoped to follow Hairspray to Broadway triumph.  Some critics liked it; more didn't. For the week that ended with the Tony Awards, the show sold only $276,245 worth of tickets at the huge Marquis Theatre.  Not not nearly good enough, considering that the scathingly reviewed The Little Mermaid is selling more than $1 million worth of tickets each week.  Kid power.

So Cry-Baby will say see-ya as of Sunday, after 48 previews and 68 regular performances.  But that may not be all for the show that counts ex-South Floridian Adam Epstein among its lead producers.  A national tour is expected to begin in the fall of 2009.  That news may not quicken the hearts of subscribers around the country, but it should soothe its creators' bruised egos a little.

Also playing its last Broadway performances is the smaller-scale A Catered Affair.  The Harvey Fierstein-John Bucchino musical will close July 27, after 27 previews and 116 performances.  But here's betting it will wind up in South Florida, whether on tour or as a local production.

So there can be life after Broadway -- and after Tony snubs.