Dramaworks: 2017-18

We’re always excited when Palm Beach Dramaworks releases the next year’s schedule. Somehow, this company always manages just the right balance of new work, lesser-known pieces, and classic plays. We saw Driving Miss Daisy 15 years ago during the company’s early years, and still have fond memories of an outstanding show.

Just out, the 2017-2018 lineup, along with show summaries direct from PBD:

  • The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman (Oct. 20-Nov. 19, 2017): At the turn of the century in the Deep South, the ruthless, moneyed Hubbard class poison everything they touch.
  • Billy and Me by Terry Teachout (World Premiere, Dec. 8, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018): Tennessee Williams and William Inge – two great American playwrights, one turbulent friendship.
  • On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson (Feb. 2-March 4, 2018): A retired couple’s solitude in interrupted when their daughter arrives with her fiancé and his son.
  • Edgar & Emily by Joseph McDonough (World Premiere, March 31-April 29, 2018): In this comic fantasia, emerging poet Emily Dickinson is unexpectedly visited by a desperate Edgar Allan Poe.
  • Equus by Peter Shaffer (May 18-June 17, 2018): A psychiatrist attempts to treat a young man who has a troubling obsession with horses.

Subscriptions are on sale now. To learn more, visit the Palm Beach Dramaworks website or call 561-514-4042.


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Society Sings Sondheim

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Have we mentioned the Choral Society of the Palm Beaches?

Since 1962, its mission has been to celebrate and promote “the universal beauty and intrinsic value of the vocal arts… and make choral music accessible and inspiring to all.” Bravo.

This weekend, Florida Atlantic University’s Lifelong Learning Society (5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter) is partnering with the Choral Society to offer a tribute to Broadway giant Stephen Sondheim. Soprano Lisa Vroman is joined by last season’s favorite, Mark Sanders, in a look at the musical legacy that includes favorites from Into The WoodsSweeney ToddCompanyFollies, and many more. Performances are Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 19 at 4:30 p.m.

Already have plans this weekend? Then mark your calendar for April 29-30, when the Choral Society performs Mozart’s glorious and final masterpiece, Requiem.

All performances are at FAU’s Jupiter campus Lifelong Learning Society, 5353 Parkside Drive. Tickets are available online.


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Our New Ballpark

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Palm Beach has another professional baseball stadium and two more teams doing their spring workouts right in our backyard. That makes four, total: The St. Louis Cardinals and the Florida Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, and now the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals in their inaugural spring training season in the brand-spanking-new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

The new 160-acre park is about a 15-minute drive north and west, nestled just north of 45th Street between Military and Haverhill. Like all new sports facilities, the amenities are just as crucial as the athletes. The park offers:

  • Six premium suites with air conditioning, flat-panel TVs, refrigerators, devoted hostesses and private restrooms.
  • Two party decks, each of which can accommodate more than 100 people. There’s a full-service bar, a food & drink rail overlooking the field and an array of patio furniture.
  • The Left Field Bar, which offers craft beers, frozen drinks and other game-day thirst-quenchers.
  • Multi-purpose fields that can accommodate not only baseball but softball, football, lacrosse, soccer and rugby. Because the two pro teams will use the facility only during spring training, it will become available for tournaments, camps and college teams.

Spring training runs through March 29, and single-game tickets are available by calling 877-935-5668 or by visiting the website.


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Beauty and the Ballet

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Photo courtesy of The Society of the Four Arts

You know the story.

The Princess Aurora, cursed on the evening of her 16th birthday, falls into a 100-year slumber.  Only the kiss of a prince can rouse her.

The Bolshoi Ballet brings Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty to the Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium at The Society of the Four Arts on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. With choreography by Yuri Grigorovich, we expect a lush and luxurious performance.

Ticket prices? Very proletarian indeed: Just $20, and student admission (available only at the door) is $15.

Read more and buy tickets on the Four Arts website, or call the Four Arts box office at (561) 655-7226.


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The Kravis at 25

Kravis-25-Anniversary-Logo-28Ref29.jpgThe Kravis Center’s 25th Anniversary Gala is a week from Saturday. But if you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, you’re very much out of luck.

The black tie event has been sold out for weeks. Chaired by the very notable Monika Preston and Kathryn Vecellio, we expect this will be one of the major see-and-be-seen evenings of this Season.

The cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the “Night of Stars” and a dinner dance in the Gimelstob Ballroom. Hosted by Michael Feinstein, the bill includes performances by Alan Cumming, Patti Lupone, Neil Sedaka, Cameron Carpenter and the Kravis Center Pops. (We’re told there may be a scattering of tickets available for the performance; call the box office at 561-651-4320.)

Proceeds from the gala will continue the arts center’s outreach programs, which help expand the lives and minds of children through exposure to the arts. The Kravis is a not-for-profit performing arts center with a mission to present a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality.

“I have been a supporter of the Kravis Center since its opening in 1992,” said Mrs. Preston. “One of the main reasons I have supported this cultural institution for so long is it promotes the arts as an experience for everyone in Palm Beach County. What the Kravis Center has been able to accomplish over the last 25 years is immeasurable.”

Thank you, Kravis, for all the memorable moments we’ve had in your burgundy velvet seats. Here’s to the next 25!


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And the Nominees Are…

carbonell-2017Patrons of regional theater know Palm Beach County offers an exceptional selection of independent productions. The Carbonell Award nominations are out, and the judges agree.

Me and My Girl, from Maltz Jupiter Theater, and 1776, by Palm Beach Dramaworks, combined for 16 of the 100 nominations issued this week. The Maltz led all other theaters with 18 nominations in total; its production of Frost/Nixon also contributed heavily. (That’s one we’re sorry to have missed.)

The West Boca Theatre Company and the fledgling Theatre Lab (based at Florida Atlantic University) were recognized among the nominations for Best New Work. Click here for a complete list of nominees.

The Carbonell Awards recognize excellence and innovation in regional theater in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The winners will be revealed at a ceremony on Monday, April 3, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

Tickets won’t be on sale until March 13, so mark your calendar. When that Monday rolls around, you can purchase tickets at the Broward Center’s website or by calling the box office at (954) 462-0222.


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