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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

County approves GableStage playhouse deal

The Miami Herald is reporting that Miami-Dade commissioners unanimously approved the Coconut Grove Playhouse plan to have GableStage run a 300 seat theater. Many are unhappy with the decision as they feel that 300 seats is not enough to keep the Playhouse afloat and that a second plan, with a second larger theater was the way to go.

There was talk of Kevin Spacey being involved with the larger theater.

Arquitectonica was also approved to create the master plan for the state-owned property. They were asked to explore the possibility of adding the second 700-seat theater, so all may not be lost.

Those in favor of the larger theater option, without GableStage's involvement, were not allowed to speak at the commission meeting. No one was really except for Joe Adler who spoke for a couple of minutes.

The commissioners did not discuss much and they apparently had their decision made long before Tuesday's meeting. The whole "discussion" was about five minutes or less.

This is the first step in a long process of bringing the playhouse back to life.

Director Joe Adler of GableStage sent out a letter to patrons earlier this week, practically begging for the job. Well, he got it.

Here is Doug Hanks' report in the Herald.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Unknown said...

First let me say that any initiative to have an active and vibrant theater and arts community is a plus and I am glad to see this long neglected property have a potential new beginning. However I think the Grove is missing an opportunity if they don't take advantage of an opportunity to have a multi-stage venue with a larger auditorium in addition to the 300 seat theater. Most communities today recognize the plus for the arts, the community lifestyle and local economy by having the ability to stage multiple productions and draw larger audiences. I realize parking is an issue in the Grove but if underground parking is not feasible off-site parking with a free shuttle is always a viable alternative.

April 21, 2015 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the historic playhouse being demolished?

April 21, 2015 10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More taxpayer money being wasted. Just another excuse for elected officials to divert tax dollars to "friends and family".

April 22, 2015 9:48 AM  
Blogger C.L.J. said...

No "friends and family" in this case. And investment in the arts averages a 10 to 1 return in the investment. Theatre creates jobs: during construction, of course - but actors, technicians, designers; some of them from out of town, and they'll need housing and transportation. And it lures people into the neighborhood - people who want a meal before the show, and a drink afterwards.

And best of all, you have a producer with a proven track record of success coming in to revive an established brand.

It's just a shame that this has taken so long.

April 25, 2015 11:28 AM  

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