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Miami: Theater

The more than 30 professional theatres in South Florida reflect the rich cultural diversity of its inhabitants. Three large performing arts centers: the Arsht (in Miami), the Broward (in Ft. Lauderdale) and the Kravis (in West Palm Beach) are host year round to assorted national and regional tours of Broadway plays and musicals. One may chose from classic plays, such as Shakespeare’s Henry V at the New Theatre in Coral Gables, or modern day pieces such as Kristoffer Diaz’s 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton. For musical theatre lovers there are offerings from the golden age of musical theatre such as Guys And Dolls at the Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs, as well as the modern (Xanadu at the Slow Burn Theatre in Boca Raton) and the obscure (Song of the Living Dead: A Zombie Musical at the Promethean Theatre in Ft. Lauderdale).

A large Jewish community, a colorful Cuban community, an active senior citizen community, and a united gay and lesbian community each provide forums for the creative voices of budding and established playwrights alike. Each year world and regional premieres abound in South Florida, giving birth to works by such playwrights as Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz and Tony nominated Douglas Carter Beane. From the GableStage Theatre, at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, to the award-winning Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter nearly 90 miles away, the many local theatre-goers transplanted from New York City ensure that the standards of South Florida’s professional theatres meet even the most discerning of tastes. Here one can truly find theatre for all! (John Lariviere)

Miami Theater: Theater Around Miami

Below are our Miami Theater recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, theater history and other points of interest in Miami Art.
 

Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre

The largest professional theatre company in South Florida, the Actor’s Playhouse is also one of the finest in the Southeast. Regularly producing a full season of thought provoking plays and musicals including world premieres by international writers such as Nilo Cruz and local playwrights such as Michael McKeever.

Actor’s Playhouse operates out of the stunningly restored Miracle Theatre, a 600-seat art deco diamond in the Florida sands. Throughout the course of …more…

Anagram Entertainment

Anagram Entertainment

The concept for Anagram Entertainment began in 2005 with a cabaret act called “One Night Only.” In 2006 Jack Gardner, Karen Cole and Nathan Sykes formed what was then called Anagram Productions, and after several successful shows in Dallas, moved the company to Florida and renamed it Anagram Entertainment. Their goal is to provide South Florida with quality theatrical productions that enlighten, entertain and amuse. They endeavor to showcase local …more…

Andrews Living Arts Studio

Andrews Living Arts Studio

Andrews Living Arts Studio is education based and is dedicated to nurturing and shaping the next generation of artists by offering a Studio Classroom for teaching, Gallery Space for exhibits by Fine Artists, and a fully equipped stage for theatrical presentations. Their goal includes: making the fine and performing arts accessible to everyone, including the underprivileged and those with special needs through: New Play Development, Acting Classes and Audition Preparation, …more…

Be Careful What You Wish For Part 287: The Return of the Monkey Paw

Micro Theatre Miami presents a new play wrapped up in an old story now through January 7th..  Inspired by the American short story The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs, playwright Leah Roth Barsanti has crafted a comedy of horrors and emotions, centering around an unhinged hospice worker (played by Renee Elizabeth Turner) who’s about to get fired by her no-nonsense boss (played by David Fisteac) for crying every time a …more…

Boca Raton Theatre Guild

Boca Raton Theatre Guild (Boca Raton, FL)

The Boca Raton Theatre Guild resides at the Willow Theatre, nestled inside Sugar Sand Park in the heart of Boca Raton. The theatre provides a unique theatre experience in South Florida. This inviting 155-seat theatre gives each audience member a close-up view of outstanding, professional entertainment, in a setting almost as personal as your own home. (JL)

Boca Raton Theatre Guild Information

Public Transportation: Fair (a 4-minute walk from Palm Tran …more…

Caldwell Theatre Company

Caldwell Theatre Company

Founded at the suggestion of James R. Caldwell (inventor of the rubber dust pan and founder of the Rubbermaid Corporation), the Caldwell has in the 35 years since become known as the “Jewel in the Crown” of the Boca Raton arts scene. Known for its exciting roster of mostly new and local premieres by contemporary playwrights such as John Patrick Shanley (Doubt), Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House) and Richard Greenberg …more…

Daniel’s Husband

Island City Stage and West Boca Theatre Company will partner to revive Michael McKeever’s play Daniel’s Husband this fall at the Beifield Auditorium on the campus of the Levis JCC, in Boca Raton. 

Daniel’s Husband has become Island City Stage’s most successful production to date, which prompted an extension during its original, just-completed run at Fort Lauderdale’s Empire Stage. Critical acclaim and sensational word-of-mouth made this play one of the most …more…

Gablestage at the Biltmore

Gablestage at the Biltmore

Originally founded in 1979 as the Florida Shakespeare Theatre, Gablestage has flourished into a group that is much more than a preserver of the best works by the Bard. Recent seasons have in fact taken a very different turn, instead focusing on new and controversial dramas by edgy playwrights like Martin McDonough, Neil LaBute and Sarah Kane, offering South Florida audiences (and students) the unique privilege of experiencing challenging pieces …more…

Maltz Jupiter Theatre

Maltz Jupiter Theatre

It’s not every theater that can claim it was built by Burt Reynolds, but the Maltz Jupiter Theatre (long before it acquired this new name) did in fact begin as Mr. Reynolds’ brainchild back in 1978. The actor created the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre as a place where he could flex his muscles as a director and a teacher. He eventually sold the venue, which re-opened under its current name …more…

Mosaic Theatre

Mosaic Theatre

Mosaic is a professional company dedicated to presenting “thought-provoking, innovative” theater in its black-box performance venue. Among the company’s recent productions of note: Sam Shepard’s Ages of the Moon, Martin Casella’s The Irish Curse, and Stephen Belber’s Dusk Rings a Bell. Each season, Mosaic offers special matinee performances of a selected production for South Florida high-school students; study guides are disseminated to teachers, and there are post-performance talk-backs with the actors and the director. ...more...

New Theatre

New Theatre

Committed to the exploration of multiculturalism, the key word for the New Theatre’s annual six-show season is ‘diversity.’ Combining classic works by Shakespeare and Shaw with racially challenging new plays by artists like Nicky Silver, Quiara Alegria Hudes and Sandra Riley, the New Theatre represents stories that transcend continental divide, and unite audiences in a global search for humanity. A big winner at the annual South Florida Theatre Festival, the New …more…

Palm Beach Dramaworks

Palm Beach Dramaworks

Specializing in small cast dramas and musicals in both the contemporary and classic repertories, Palm Beach Dreamworks has, since its inaugural season in 2001, launched acclaimed revivals of such favorites as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well…, and Driving Miss Daisy, throwing in the occasional regional premiere along the way. In addition to its five show mainstage season, Dreamworks offers a popular Masterplaywright Series, in which the work …more…

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Riverside Theatre

One of the state’s largest theatrical producers, the Riverside Theatre at Vero Beach recently celebrated 35 years with the completion of a sparkling new venue, complete with all important “second stage,” offering local audiences a diverse array of Broadway both large and small. From classics like Guys and Dolls and Chicago, to acclaimed new works like Doubt and The Last Five Years, the Riverside brings together the best in local and New York talent. …more…

Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity, the Tony Award-winning musical which will open at Broward’s Stage Door Theatre on November 4th and run through December 11th at the Broward Stage Door Theatre.  Neil Simon’s sparklingly clever script, loosely adapted from Fellini’s “Nights in Cabiria”, follows Charity (and some of her very unusual friends) through a series of misadventures, and documents her constant and unfortunate tendency to offer her heart to the wrong man.  Simon …more…

Teatro Avante

Teatro Avante

Founded to further the preservation of Hispanic cultural heritage, Teatro Avante has since 1979, evolved into an internationally recognized entity, with productions that have traveled to and from South America, Puerto Rico and throughout Europe. Best known for hosting the Miami International Hispanic Theatre Festival each summer, the company has also produced unique stagings (in both English and Spanish) of works by Albee, Williams and even Shakespeare, along with new …more…

The Elephant Man

Andrews Living Arts brings the play The Elephant Man to South Florida. Written by Bernard Pomerance, the play is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the 19th Century. He lived as a horribly deformed young man, suffering from rare skin and bone diseases that distorted his body. He became the principal freak attraction in traveling side shows. Celebrated young physician …more…

Tick, Tick…Boom!

KWP Productions is pleased to partner with local agencies to present tick, tick… BOOM! in part as an HIV/AIDS outreach and education project.

Before Rent, there was tick, tick… Boom! This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer of Rent, is the story of a composer and the sacrifices that he made to achieve his big break in theatre. The musical, produced by KWP Productions, will run …more…