It's been a tough time for theater in South Florida.
Doors have been shuttered at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Florida Stage (now the new home of The Plaza Theatre), Promethean Theatre, Caldwell Theatre Company and Rising Action Theatre (recently reborn as Island City Stage).
And now comes news that the highly-touted Mosaic Theatre in Plantation will close now that its 58th show - "The Birds" - has finished its run. Season subscribers will get refunds for the remainder of this the 12th season. Artistic director and founder Richard Jay Simon wrote that he wishes to spend more time with his family.
Earlier in September, local theater critic Bill Hirschman wrote about the state of theater here in SoFlo far better than I could ever do, so check out his three-parter at his Florida Theater On Stage website:
Despite having missed some of their award-magnet shows such as "The Seafarer," "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Art," I have enjoyed a great many productions at Mosaic. I thought I'd recap my top fave five (click to read the review):
4. A Measure of Cruelty - Mosaic commissioned and produced the world premiere of this play about the real life 2009 attack in Deerfield Beach on Michael Brewer, a 15-year-old who was doused with rubbing alcohol and then set on fire by classmates. The theatrical project turned out to be a powerful commentary on how we sometimes eat our young.
5. Lombardi - The legendary Green Bay Packers coach gets a glossy and bombastic stage bio here, but I remember most the quiet moments...and the set that made the most of the black box theater's space.