Tag Archives: Theatre

Time to say goodbye

Today’s a day I never thought I’d see – the day I’m stowing away my critic’s shingle and hanging up my critic’s hat.

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Broadway actor Barbara Walsh gives a master class

Barbara Walsh

Broadway leading lady Barbara Walsh, who originated the role of Trina in the Broadway production of Falsettos in 1992 and played the acerbic Joanne in the 2007 revival of Company, comes to Orlando Sept. 10 and 11 to give a concert and present two master classes, for high-schoolers and adults, at Tim Evanicki’s Starving Artist Studios.

Walsh, 56, has played a host of interesting roles, both on Broadway and in major regional theaters: Francesca in the first Broadway production of Nine; Mrs. Baskin, the main character’s mother, in the 1996 Broadway version of Big; Desirée in A Little Night Music at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse; Mother in the Chicago production of Ragtime; Edith Beale and Little Edie in Grey Gardens at Washington, D.C.’s Studio Theatre; Maria Callas in Master Class at Baltimore’s Center Stage.  She is married to Jack Cummings III, artistic director of the New York theater company Transport Group, who also will give two master classes at Starving Artist Studios Sept. 10.

Walsh talked to me about studying and teaching theater and about the roles that has meant the most to her. Here’s an edited version of our talk:

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Theater review: ‘Legacy of Light’ at Mad Cow

Steven Lane (Voltaire) and Heather Charles (Émilie du Châtelet) in Mad Cow Theatre's 'Legacy of Light.' (Photo courtesy of Mad Cow Theatre.)

By Elizabeth Maupin
Elizabeth Maupin on Theater

There’s a spark in the eye of Karen Zacarias’s women. You can see it in Émilie du Châtelet, the 18th-century mathematician and physicist at the heart of Legacy of Light, the smart, tender little comedy at Mad Cow Theatre. You can see it in Olivia, the modern-day astrophysicist who’s trying to live her life to the fullest while she has the chance. And you can see it in Millie, a young woman who goes to unusual lengths to build herself a different kind of life.

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Mad Cow announces Sondheim opener for new theater

'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,' by Georges Seurat

Mad Cow Theatre is just hinting at what will make up its 15th season, which will start out in the two current theater spaces on Magnolia Avenue and move, in January 2012, to 54 W. Church St.

But they’ve opened up about one thing, and it’s a biggie: The musical opening the new theater spaces, from Jan. 27 to Feb. 19, 2012, is Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park With George.

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Theater auditions: Two plays at Orlando Shakes

Here’s an audition announcement for three really wonderful roles at Orlando Shakespeare Theater:

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Fringe posts requirements for new producer

The Orlando Fringe, in case you haven’t heard, is looking for a new producer. Here’s the job description for anyone who’s interested in applying:

Position: Festival Producer
Status: Contract, 9‐months seasonal
Reports to: Board of Directors
Compensation: $30,000 ‐ $35,000

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Theater auditions: Staged readings on AIDS in Lake County

Here’s an audition notice from an LGBT group in Lake County:

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UCF theater renames itself — again

The Theater Formerly Known as UCF Conservatory Theatre has a new name — Theatre UCF.

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Gentlemen (and ladies), start your crockpots

Just a reminder that the next theater-community potluck is just a week away. It’s set for 7:30 p.m. (note the new time) Sunday July 24 at the Abbey, the new theater space at 100 S. Eola Drive in the Sanctuary condominium building.

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Theater auditions: Spotlight Theatre’s ‘Dracula Rock Show’ and ‘The Christmas Miracle’

Here are two separate audition notices from Spotlight Theatre:

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Theater auditions: TheatreWorks Florida’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Here’s an early audition notice for Little Shop of Horrors, to be performed at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden:

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Theater auditions: Beth Marshall Presents, round 2

Beth Marshall Presents is having another round of auditions for its coming season and is particularly looking for actors to fill several specific roles:

The Diviners:

  • Looking for a young male actor with strong acting chops that can play a mentally challenged character age 14-17 years. (Lead Role- Buddy). (Equity/Non-Equity)

Prop 8:

  • We need 1 Asian female actor age 40+ and 1 Asian male actor age 40+ and many male/female actors ages 50+ of ALL ethnicities. (Equity/Non-Equity)

Here’s the complete audition notice:

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Orlando Shakes announces its season-opening gala

Oscar Wilde may be absent but he’ll still be the honoree at Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s opening gala this September, which will be known as the Wilde Party.

Here are the details for the gala, set for Sept. 11:

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Theater auditions: Musicals at Mad Cow

Here’s an audition notice for musical-theater folks at Mad Cow Theatre:

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Theater job available at UCF

Here’s a note from Sam Waters about a job available in the UCF theater department:

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Theatre Downtown announces two more titles

Theatre Downtown has a couple more nifty titles in store — Prelude to a Kiss, the wonderful Craig Lucas comic drama, and the first local production of Avenue Q.

Here’s what we know:

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Theater auditions: Beth Marshall Presents

Here’s an audition notice for Beth Marshall’s coming season:

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Valencia looking for Florida playwrights

Valencia Community College’s theater department is conducting its annual competition for a Florida playwright, whose winning work will be produced at Valencia next season:

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Theater auditions: GOAT’s ‘Spring Awakening’

Here’s a set of auditions for a second local production of Spring Awakening, this one by Greater Orlando Actors Theatre.

GOAT’s production is running in August (no definite dates given) in the Goldman Theater at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando, while Breakthrough Theatre is also presenting Spring Awakening at its theater in Winter Park July 28-Aug. 22. Both are non-paying community-theater productions. Sounds confusing.

Here’s the full info from GOAT:

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Is there such a thing as too much theater?

Do theater-lovers spend too much time in the dark? Howard Sherman says they might.

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