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Ernie Peterson has attended six Olympic Games; at four, he worked as a volunteer staff member.
Peterson had nothing but nice things to say about Russia and her people, after returning home from this year’s Winter Games in Sochi.
"They asked me what I would tell people when I got home," he said. ...
A woman whom Volusia County Sheriff's Office investigators said drove her minivan — with her children in it — into rough ocean surf at Daytona Beach March 4, has now been arrested.
The incident has been the topic of conversation across Volusia County and the country.
This morning, Friday, March ...
Tree swallows are energetic, small, stocky songbirds that breed in North America in open areas like coastal beaches, salt marshes, dry and wet prairies, and agricultural environments. These highly social birds usually fly in large flocks of hundreds or even thousands, so I was amazed when I saw just ...
Fifty years of service
Deltona Christian Church is celebrating 50 years of service.
The church came to be thanks to a couple who attended DeLand Christian Church. The John Cannons became aware that the Mackle brothers were going to start a new community in the wilderness that is now Deltona and that ...
Saturday, March 8
Spirit Elementary School Blazin’ the Trail 5K Walk-Run
7:30 a.m. at Spirit Elementary School, 1500 Meadowlark Drive, Deltona. Entry fee: $30 adults; $15 age 17 and younger. Visit www.deltona5k.com.
8 a.m. at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, leaving from the re ...
The roar of motorcycles and the smell of leather will fill the streets of Downtown DeLand noon-8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, for the 10th annual DeLand Bike Rally.
Visitors and residents alike will flock to the rally for live music, libations, food, bike shows, people shows, purveyors of bike accessori ...
Nancy Wilson, who was chosen to fill the position of town clerk in Pierson, wants a higher salary than the position was advertised as paying.
The Town Council will hold a special meeting to discuss how to respond.
Wilson, a Lake Helen resident, sent an email to Pierson Town Hall Feb. 28, thanking t ...
On a rural corner in Osteen, southeast of Deltona, in a neighborhood where cows are more common than nightspots, food, people and music blend to create an experience not found in larger venues.
The diner at 195 S. State Road 415 is the realization of a dream for Ruth Schiffermiller. Literally. Ruth ...
Should the use of fertilizer be banned during the summer? Or during the winter? Or not at all?
When the Volusia County Council meets Thursday, March 6, members will once again take up the matter of a fertilizer ordinance.
The subject has been brought up numerous times at County Council the past cou ...
Not to put you in a panic or anything, but it’s only 25 days until the 38th Annual Carbonell Awards Ceremony at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. That’s right, March 31 the whole shebang gets underway. You still have time to dig around for some spiffy rags to wear to the South Florida Theatre League’s after part at Revolution Live. And if awards ceremonies don’t float your boat, remember that it’s actually held to raise money for scholarships.
Speaking of Scholarships, Mad Cat Theatre Company is raising money for its Nine Lives Scholarships program. It’s a crowdfunding campaign, so every little bit helps. Do your part to infect ^inspire^ the next generation of theatre artists.
Here's what's playing on the scene this weekend:
Actors’ Playhouse opens its long awaited production of Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Miracle Theater this Friday, through March 30.
If you find yourself in Key West, The Waterfront Playhouse offers Xanadu, through March 29.
you still haven't missed... Storycrafter Studio
The Women’s Theatre Project Southeastern Premiere of RED HOT PATRIOT - the kick-ass wit of MOLLY IVINSRED HOT PATRIOT - the kick-ass wit of MOLLY IVINS plays through March 16, 2014.
Weisenthal plays at the Broward Stage Door Theater, through March 16.
offers A Kiss For Cupid
through March 23rd. The Theatre at Arts Garage
presents Fighting Over Beverly
through March 23rd.
The Boca Raton Theatre Guild’s Primal Forces
freshman project, David Mamet’s The Anarchist,
plays at the Andrews Living Arts Theatre through March 23. Evening Star Productions
offers Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
through March 16. The Plaza Theatre
through March 16, 2014.
The Wick Theatre
offers The Full Monty
through March 23rd, 2014 Laffing Matterz
is back for another season of dinner, music, and outrageous original comedy at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
, Thursdays through Saturdays, with some Sunday matinees.
coming and going... The national tour of Warhorse blazes through the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts this weekend only.
last chance to see...Thinking Cap Theatre
production of Pool (No Water)
at the Muse Center for the Arts winds it up this Saturday, March 8, 2014.
If you find yourself at the southern end of South Florida, the Key West Fringe Theatre
offers A Delicate Balance
until Saturday, March 8.
winds up its stop at the Au-Rene Theater of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
this Sunday, March 9.
community/conservatory Lake Worth Playhouse offers One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest through March 16, 2014.
FIU Theatre offers Julius Caesar through March 9, 2014.
for kids... Showtime Performing Arts Theater presents Sleeping Beauty through April 26, 2014.
Actors’ Playhouse Theatre For Young Audiences presents The Wizard of Oz through March 20, 2014.
And if that isn’t enough, The Wizard of Oz
is also playing at the J’s Cultural Arts Theatre
through March 23.
Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre
presents In The Heights
through March 16, 2014.
The Women’s Theatre Project opened the Southeastern Premiere of RED HOT PATRIOT - the kick-ass wit of MOLLY IVINS on February 28, 2014.
The story of the unsinkable Molly Ivins, the famously brassy newspaper columnist and best-selling author. A true Texas original, Ivins was a crusading journalist who broke gender barriers with her sharp-turned wit, humor, and wisdom to establish herself as one of the nation's most influential political columnist. Written by: Margaret Engel and Allison Engel
Genie Croft directed Barbara Bradshaw and Joseph Franklin.
Michelle F. Solomon reviewed for Florida Theater On Stage:
There are more than a few reasons to see The Women’s Theatre Project’s Red Hot Patriot — first among them is four-time Carbonell Award-winner and local actress Barbara Bradshaw as she holds court for 68 minutes in a one-woman show about Texas journalist Molly Ivins. Secondly is to see Genie Croft’s brilliant direction.
There are so many strong links that hold this production together, but the least inviting is Margaret Engel and Allison Engel’s cobbled together script. The twin sisters, both with journalism backgrounds, had never written a play before they tackled Ivins’ life story to turn it into a biographical play.
…it’s Bradshaw and Croft’s tooling that puts the kick in Ivins’ wit since theatrically the Engels’ sisters’ monologue doesn’t quite hang together. Its flaw is its choppy transparency due to its dependence on the source material. It pulls from the writer’s columns, speeches and interviews (some of which live on You Tube). The script, while efficient as a consumer magazine article, is constructed more like a journalist’s play-by-play than a from-the-heart account of a storied career…
But spending time with Bradshaw is worth every minute – she curls her lips around each word, looks her audience square in the eye, takes beautiful pauses as she passes between memory and current conversation. She is the firebreathing Molly in ever fiber of her being. She even adds a layer of desperation to a script that doesn’t come through with words to match the anxiety. There are so many delectable choices given to the audience as gifts from Bradshaw and, in part, through Croft’s impeccable direction.
John Thomason reviewed for The Broward/Palm Beach New Times:
There's an unavoidable flaw in the one-woman show Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, and that's the fact that it's not written by Ivins herself. The liberal Texas firebrand, whose syndicated columns had run in 400 newspapers by the time she lost her battle with breast cancer in 2007, had a singular style that merged sophisticated political analysis with piss 'n' vinegar. Anyone who puts words into Ivins' mouth that weren't conceived by Ivins' brain can only imitate the inimitable.
Such is the case with twin sisters Margaret and Allison Engel, the journalists and Ivins devotees whose Red Hot Patriot is a first effort for the stage…
Bradshaw, donning denim togs, red boots, and a curly wig… looks the part of Ivins more than she necessarily sounds it, which in this case is a good thing. She doesn't get hung up on affecting her character's Texas drawl, the way Kathleen Turner did, to scenery-chewing effect, in the play's Philadelphia premiere; as a result, the lines here land with a more efficient impact.
…Bradshaw captures Ivins' spirit, her spunk, and her political worldview. She becomes animated with outrage when discussing civil rights (or lack thereof), the horrors of the Vietnam War, and the stripping of our liberties, and you get the impression it's Bradshaw, as much as Ivins, vocalizing these opinions. I wanted a bit more of this; Genie Croft's direction keeps the play moving at such an even keel that a few additional emotional spikes would serve it well.
The Women’s Theatre Project Southeastern Premiere of RED HOT PATRIOT - the kick-ass wit of MOLLY IVINS plays through March 16, 2014.
With great passion and humor, the story is told of Rebecca, a naive Russian immigrant arriving at Ellis Island with her young son, and their struggle to make a life for themselves in the New World. A stirring musical about immigration with a book by Joseph Stein and music by Charles Strouse. This saga, of strength and love, of greed and power, is a deeply moving and inspirational story.
Andy Rogow directed a cast that included Larry Kent Bramble, Gail Byer, Randy Charleville, James Cichewicz, Sheira Feuerstein, Eli Jacobson, Melissa Boher Jacobson, and Mike Westrich.
The Plaza Theatre deserves applause for taking the flawed but musically delectable Rags a step closer to the powerful show it could be.
Even though the Plaza’s 15-member cast is about half that of the short-lived 1986 Broadway production, it’s far too large for the Plaza’s small thrust stage, which is made even more crowded by the clunky timbered set.
Director Andy Rogow attempts to re-create the enclave’s teeming streets by filling the stage with milling vendors and rolling carts, but more often produces a traffic jam. Other times, extraneous players pantomime activity, contributing little and distracting from action that’s advancing the story.
Melissa Boher Jacobson, who plays Rebecca, is a competent actress who engages our sympathy for the character. But her singing falls short of the mark, particularly during the crescendos, when her voice acquires an irritating shrillness and vibrato.
Sheira Feuerstein, as Rebecca’s friend Bella, fires Rags with the requisite anger but burns away a pleasing sound in the process. The best voices belong to Randy Charleville, who plays Rebecca’s toadying husband Nathan, and James Cichewicz, who portrays union organizer Saul.
This production is far from perfect. It’s much like the show itself, a heartfelt attempt whose reach exceeds its grasp.
Give a round of applause to a theater that takes on a challenge, especially with its fan base of South Florida audiences who are notoriously suspect of anything that isn’t a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.
The good news is, it is wonderful to see creativity in approaching a work that isn’t usually staged; the bad news is, when it doesn’t come together, all of the inventiveness is lost.
The Plaza Theatre’s production not only carries the baggage of a book that gets caught up in some of the most clichéd characterizations of immigrants to Ellis Island, but the directing and staging itself has its share of missteps. Some of the problems include a cast that ranges from professional caliber to amateur theater talent, which all adds up to a less-than-polished feel.
Andy Rogow’s direction didn’t add any cohesion and musical numbers seemed less than smooth, especially when a large group was required to be on stage at one time. Kevin Black’s choreography looked challenged on the small Plaza stage, which had overly large set pieces… by the usually spot on Michael McClain.
Stand outs in the cast were Bramble as Avram, the ever reliable Mike Westrich as wide-eyed Ben, Byer who was delightful in her spotlight song, Three Sunny Rooms, and Sheira Feuerstein who brought a strength to the thinly drawn role of Bella.
Cichewicz possessed a great voice, but his characterization of Saul remained on one level – headstrong and arrogant. Boher Jacobson as Rebecca fell into the same trap of not finding a requisite range of softness.
A big embrace to the Plaza and Alan Jacobson for the determination to try to make a dreamcoat out of Rags. Unfortunately, it requires a bit more alteration.
That it ran for only four performances after it opened on Broadway in 1986 might suggest there is a little something amiss with Rags… The show has been reworked a couple of times since and now, in another adaptation and with additional musical arrangements, Rags is on stage at Alan Jacobson’s Plaza Theatre. Unfortunately something is still amiss.
Fifteen actors make up the cast including several children and there’s much role doubling with chops ranging from amateurish through community. But watch this kid, he’s going to be a star, and I’m talking about Michael Westrich. As Ben, the bachelor, his acting, singing and moves channel a young Gene Kelly. Charm is the word. It’s a different Rags when Westrich is on stage. A nod also to James Cichewicz as Saul the union organizer, Gail Byer as Rachel the widow and Abigail Perkins as Rosa and Sophie. Melissa Boher Jacobson’s wide experience as a singer adds much to her performance as Rebecca, the show’s lead.
reviewed for the Palm Beach ArtsPaper
It would be great to announce that the show’s problems have finally been solved and this quasi-sequel to Fiddler on the Roof is now a satisfying evening of theater. Bur regardless of the tinkering and rewriting efforts, Rags remains an overstuffed, unfocused hodge-podge.
There is a way to juggle so many characters and plot threads, but Stein did not manage it and Richard Sabellico’s newer script is not a substantial improvement.
Director Andy Rogow and choreographer Kevin Black do what they can with the large, largely amateur cast, but their efforts are as overambitious as the show itself is. The ethnic story will probably still attract an audience, but what awaits them on the Plaza Theatre stage is strictly rag-tag stuff.Rod Stafford Hagwood
wrote for the Stunned Senseless
On the whole, the musical about Jewish immigrants in 1914 — from Old World customs and assimilation to sweatshop unions and political enfranchisement — leaves you with a satisfied feeling, even if you are constantly wondering if the show will make it intact through the two hours and 15-minutes with a 15-minute intermission.
That is because the 15 cast members (with three musicians off-stage) have wildly diverse talents and stage experience. Some of them could seriously sweeten their vocals, particularly at the top of their range.
But when they get it right, they really nail it. For example, when Rebecca Hershkowitz (Melissa Boher Jacobson) arrives at Ellis Island with her son David (Eli Jacobson) and faces immediate denial of entry into the country, the tension and desperation is so real you hold your breath.
If you don’t need to hit the refresh button on your knowledge of American history, you can probably guess what Tammany Hall mess is coming, with graft, corruption and police brutality. But don’t think it’s all strife. Plenty of warm humor is embedded in the show, from a sojourn into turn-of-the-century Yiddish theater (a Mel Brooksian version of “Hamlet”) to a nudge-wink-wink flirtation between Avram and a savvy street vendor, Rachel (Gail Byer).
Those moments pave the show with gold.
Theater at Arts Garage opened its production of Israel Horovitz’s Fighting Over Beverly on February 28, 2014.
A romantic comedy set in Gloucester, Massachusetts in the winter of 1998, Fighting Over Beverley centers on a love triangle between three 70+-year-olds: Beverley, who came to America from England as a war-bride; Zelly, her fisherman-husband; Archie, the Brit she jilted 53 years earlier, who has returned to take Beverley back. In the battle for Beverley, the real question emerges: What does it take to realize that you are the love of your life?
Louis Tyrrell directed a cast that included Sandra Shipley, Dennis Creaghan, Paul ‘Brien, and Erin Joy Schmidt.
Michelle F. Solomon reviewed for Florida Theater On Stage:
Entirely well-acted, thoughtfully directed, in a evolved play about past loves we can’t leave behind, Fighting Over Beverley by Israel Horovitz has its way way off Broadway tryout at Theatre at Arts Garage.
It gets its day at Arts Garage with Tyrrell directing the top-notch cast that includes Shipley as Beverley and O’Brien as Zelly who played the roles in the Gloucester production, and in various workshopped readings.
Shipley as Beverley… conveys so many emotions in her words, yet keeps them controlled until Horovitz’s dramatic arc gives her a platform to rise to the occasion. Her delivery possesses subtle gifts throughout that move the action forward to fine crescendo when she has her revelatory moment.
O’Brien plays Zelly so true to character, there’s no doubt this would be the instinct. O’Brien carries an interesting, contained heaviness as many of his secrets begin to be revealed. It’s a superb slow-burn character study.
Creaghan puts just the right spark and vigor into Archie – playing the English visitor on the surface as a congenial, devil-may-care jester, yet he’s plodding, manipulating and ingratiating as he goes balls to the walls to do whatever it takes to claim his prize.
Schmidt… is a worthy choice for the role. She’s able to capture the stubborn arrogance of Zelly with the inherent helplessness of Beverley to create a character who acts as a mirror to the dysfunctional household.
Tyrrell nurtures Horovitz’s dialogue, directing his actors in such a way that the words remain the primary vehicle in which to move the action forward. It is a subtle shimmer that makes the piece shine… there’s no argument that Fighting over Beverley will continue to ascend. Should it end up on Broadway, Arts Garage audiences will be grateful they were invited to participate in seeing this play develop. It certainly is a theatrical gift.
Hap Erstein reviewed for the Palm Beach ArtsPaper:
Love is not reserved only for the young and it is never too late to reach out to the love of your life. Those are among the themes of Israel Horovitz’s latest play, Fighting Over Beverley, but if that sounds like he has succumbed to sentimentality then you do not know this pioneering playwright of the off-Broadway movement
As Cecily, Erin Joy Schmidt is a worthy stand-in for the audience, but the production belongs to Sandra Shipley as Beverley. She underplays the role expertly, particularly in the early going, but comes on strong afterwards as Beverley gains confidence and sees her options widening.
Florida Stage veteran Richard Crowell contributes a crackerbox house set that fits cozily on the Theatre at Arts Garage stage. It has been five years since Horovitz began working with Florida Stage, the precursor of Arts Garage, and three years since the Manalapan company first read Fighting Over Beverley in public. It is a fruitful collaboration of like-minded artists, as this involving, thoughtful play attests.
Theater at Arts Garage presents its southeastern premiere production of Israel Horovitz’s Fighting Over Beverly through March 23, 2014.
Things are still going strong in March; a lot of shows playing, several just opened, and we’re just a few weeks away from the 38th Annual Carbonell Awards
. This year’s ceremony will take place at 7:30 pm on March 31, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
in the intimate Amaturo Theater. This is the first year that Slow Burn Theatre Company is eligible, so it’s going to be interesting to see how they affect the Musical Theatre category.
What would an awards ceremony be without an after-party? Fortunately, we don’t need to ponder that as the South Florida Theater League
is once again hosting one at Revolution Live, just down the street from the Broward Center. Just present your Carbonell Ticket Stub or Theatre League Membership Card to gain entry, which includes a free welcome drink, a drink ticket (with an option to continue drinking at a cash bar until midnight), and partake in the delicious food buffet, which includes appetizers and a make your own s'mores bar!
Now here’s your Monday reading list:
The Miami Herald
and Broadway World
are talking about Way of the Rain Miami
, a multi-media performance piece created Sibylle Szaggars Redford, wife of Robert Redford. It plays tomorrow night at YoungArts
"YoungArts Salon provides artists and audiences an opportunity to participate in a rich dialogue about artistic practice, collaboration, and the cultural landscape. We are thrilled that one of our Master Teachers, Robert Redford, and Sibylle Redford, whose work The Way of the Rain will premiere here on the YoungArts Campus on March 11, will bring their combined artistic knowledge and passion to our Campus," said Paul T. Lehr, President & CEO of the National YoungArts Foundation.
Yes, the director and her husband will be attending the premiere event.
As we wend our way through the final months of the 2013-14 Theater Season, everyone’s starting to look ahead. Florida Theater On Stage
and The Miami Herald
run through the Arsht’s offering of national tours, which includes the return of The Book of Mormon
, as well as something called I Love Lucy Live On Stage
. The Examiner
goes local to give us the season line-ups for The Wick Theater
(more of the costume-heavy fare that’s been the mainstay of community theaters for decades) , the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s
offerings of musicals and classic plays, and Actors’ Playhouse
with its mixed bill of big musicals, and comedies. The Drama Queen
gives us some details on the Actors’ Playhouse season.
That Word, It Does Not Mean What You think It Means
Butts in Seats pointed us to this great article in Medium
that points out why we usually get it wrong when thinking about audience expectations.
Most of the time there is a frustration too from the people in arts organisations with ‘audience’ or ‘strategic’ in their job description.
It isn’t just about bums on seats next week they say, it’s about outreach and building relationships. Why can’t the people doing the accounts, or dealing with the artists playing to half empty rooms, get that.
One reason is that audience does actually mean bums on seats.
It’s worth reading.
Listings for Jacksonville Comcast cable system and subject to change without notice. (*-indicates a channel available only on digital cable and satellite systems.)
Alpine Skiing (Super G), 2 a.m., NBCSN
MLB: Exhibition, St. Louis vs. Detroit, 1 p.m., FSN
Jose Godinez-Samperio was 9 the first time he sat in a plane, flying from Mexico City over the blue, blue Gulf. He remembers that Gulf. He remembers the clouds. He remembers landing in Orlando at night on Dec. 7, 1995, and wondering how beautiful the city must look in the daylight.
DORAL | He wore black pants and a red shirt, his Sunday colors. He took a lead into the final round, quickly expanded it with a pair of birdies and then relied on his short game to keep everyone chasing him. He even played it safe off the 18th tee, caring more about the trophy than the final score.
That script for years belonged to Tiger Woods.
Patrick Reed followed it perfectly to win the Cadillac Championship, replacing Woods as the youngest winner of a World Golf Championship event.
LAS VEGAS | Dale Earnhardt Jr. knew he probably didn’t have enough fuel to finish. Being in Vegas, he decided to gamble anyway.
And when Earnhardt’s tank went bust on the final lap, Brad Keselowski was right there to clean up.
Keselowski surged ahead when Earnhardt ran out of fuel, claiming a dramatic victory Sunday in the NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Two teenagers were shot and wounded by a gunman who opened fire on them Sunday afternoon as he walked down a street in Brentwood.
The victims, ages 16 and 18, had been standing on the sidewalk in the 4200 block of Springfield Boulevard at 1 p.m. when the gunman fired eight to 10 bullets at them before running away, said Lt. George W. Grant of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
One victim was shot in the chest and was in critical condition. The other victim was shot in each hand and one leg. Both were taken to UF Health Jacksonville, Grant said.
It has been below the radar because of the Jaguars’ massive needs at other positions, but it deserves mention before the free agent signing period begins Tuesday:
The Jaguars need help at receiver.
Last year, 15 receivers came and went from the start of training camp until the regular season finale.
Five ended up on injured reserve. One (Justin Blackmon) remains suspended. The others represented a collection of unproven players.
The Jaguars’ 16 touchdown catches were tied for the NFL’s second-fewest in 2013.
Firefighters had to cut five people out of two mangled vehicles involved in an head-on collision Sunday afternoon on Beach Boulevard on Jacksonville’s Southside.
The crash occurred at Beach and Gibson Road about 5:50 p.m., according to a witness.
Firefighters cut the top off a compact Chevrolet and peeled back the door on a minivan while positioning neck braces and stretchers for passengers in both vehicles.
The ages, identities and the conditions of the people involved in the crash weren’t available.
After three hours of discussion, the Deltona Planning and Zoning Board rebuffed a plan for a retail center anchored by a Walmart store, and adjacent to a posh neighborhood and a retirement complex.
"There's a lot of moving parts to this," Deltona Senior Planning Manager Ron Paradise said at the Feb. ...
Falling short of a $50 million goal set by lawmakers, state environmental officials have changed focus and won't sell pieces of conservation land to help raise money for the Florida Forever program.
What about Volusia County?Read Joe Crews' story in the print edition of The Beacon.
The state Dep ...
West Volusians who need a copy of a birth certificate, death certificate, or other document maintained by the Florida Department of Health won't need to drive to Daytona Beach to get it, starting today, Monday, March 3.
That's because the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County is opening an ...
Sparks are flying in Lake Helen, after the second key city employee resigned within a six-month span.
At two special meetings Feb. 24 and Feb. 27, Lake Helen city commissioners said the problem is City Administrator K.C. Cichon’s inability to communicate well with other members of city staff. The ...