Outré Presents “The Who’s Tommy”!

Outré Theatre Company, in conjunction with Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, is proud to announce the second production of its fifth season, The Who’s Tommy by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff. Coming on the heels of the critical success of the production of The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer, Tommy continues Outré’s dedication to thought-provoking artistic work.  

The iconic and seminal rock opera, Tommy introduces us to a traumatized child, whose abuse, trials, triumph, and redemption is echoed in later stories of rock messiahs, from David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus to Green Day’s St. Jimmy. The now-familiar chords of “Pinball Wizard,” “See Me Feel Me,” and the rest, frame the story of the most unlikely of heroes – the “deaf, dumb, and blind kid” who goes on to inspire thousands. Directed by Outré Artistic Director Skye Whitcomb and music directed by virtuoso Caryl Fantel, the production features choreography by “Mi Sueno es Bailar” winner Melissa Pastrana and stars Mike Westrich as Tommy.

“Most of us are familiar with at least the bare-bones story of Tommy,” says Whitcomb. “But over the years many of us have forgotten the power of Tommy’s redemption. Here is a young man who experiences the absolute highest and lowest points that a human being can experience, and in the end, all he wants is to connect with another person. All he wants is for you to see him. This is something, I think, that so many of us can relate to on a personal, visceral level.”

In addition to Westrich, the production also features Clay Cartland (Captain Walker), Victoria Lauzun (Mrs. Walker), Ben Prayz (Uncle Eddie), Eytan Deray (Cousin Kevin), Sandi Stock (the Acid Queen), and Mallory Newbrough (Sally Simpson), along with the talents of Erica Dade, Kat Gold, Kimmi Johnson, Hugo Moreno, and Phillip Santiago.

The Who’s Tommy runs December 1 through December 18, 2016, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm. All performances are at the Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, 503 SE Mizner Boulevard, Boca Raton, Florida 33432, in the Royal Palm Plaza. Please be aware that parking can be difficult on Friday and Saturday evenings, and valet parking is available in front of the theatre.

For more information regarding this or any Outré production, please contact Artistic Director Skye Whitcomb at 954-300-2149 or via email at skye@outretheatrecompany.com.

Miami Herald Features Outré as Part of a Broward Renaissance!

Broward theatre’s stage presence is growing rapidly

by Christine Dolen for the Miami Herald

 

West Side Story is being produced by Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables in late January, but one of the show’s signature numbers could serve as a theme song for the Broward County theater community at the start of the 2015-16 season.

Something’s Coming, a song that radiates anticipation, excitement and hope, expresses the way many artistic directors and theater leaders are feeling as the season is about to begin.

“Our theater scene here is growing and diversifying,” said Nicole Stodard, whose Thinking Cap Theatre now has its own striking space, The Vanguard, in a refurbished Fort Lauderdale church. “It’s not just canned touring shows. There’s already a sense of strength in numbers.”

Sabrina Lynn Gore, Outré’s co-founder and managing director, believes the presence of her company and Slow Burn at the Broward Center makes a statement.

“There’s a whole legitimacy that’s conferred when a big theater center supports the work of smaller companies. It tells the community they care,” she said.

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Outre’s Mr. Marmalade Is An Acquired Taste, Perfect for Savvy Theatergoers

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Outré’s Mr. Marmalade Is An Acquired Taste, Perfect for Savvy Theatergoers

By Michelle F. Solomon

Cut from the same cloth, in some ways, as the adult friendly cartoon Family Guy, Noah Haidle’s Mr. Marmalade is filled with layers of dark humor, commentary on children losing their innocence and growing up too fast, and a general jab at the state of family affairs these days.

The always adventurous Outré Theater Company in Boca Raton presents Mr. Marmalade, the story of four-year-old Lucy (Laura Ruchala) and her imaginary friend, Mr. Marmalade (Jim Gibbons). He’s not your run of the mill playmate: he’s an older gentleman, a workaholic who must check his schedule to make playdates with Lucy, who has a personal assistant, Bradley (Christopher Mitchell) that shows up  — beaten and battered by the way, presumably by his boss — when Marmalade is otherwise indisposed. Meanwhile, Marmalade has more than a few addictions: cocaine, booze and porn, and probably a few others.

There are non-imaginary, dysfunctional people that dot the landscape of Lucy’s life — no doubt, some of whom have influenced her views. There’s the selfie-taking, sexed-up babysitter, Emily (Brianna Mackey), who offers her own sage advice to Lucy: “Jealousy is not attractive to men,” she tells the toddler. Lucy’s self-involved and neglectful mother, Sookie (Cindy Thagard), brings home one-night stands, and new friend, Larry (Alvaro D’Amico), is a five-year-old who has already been arrested for petty larceny and is the youngest person to attempt suicide in the state of New Jersey after slitting his wrists.

Haidle, in creating child characters (played by adults, by the way) who, like real kids, call it like they see it with no filter, allows his dark humor to be, at times, shocking, but nevertheless honest and intensely imaginative. For those with a certain sense of twisted humor, Marmalade not only delivers laughs, but creates thoughtful social commentary that resonates in these confusing and modern times.

Skye Whitcomb’s direction keeps pace with Haidle’s frenetic vision, yet never goes so far into the wackiness that the playwright’s intentions lose their edge.

The loaded-with-talent cast, especially Ruchala as Lucy, maintain the same thorough understanding, which helps to preserve the many messages that Haidle layers in his script like a stack of hotcakes — everything from Obamacare to pro choice to pedophilia to references to William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.

Ruchala’s Lucy never becomes a caricature, which is a challenge in a role where an adult actor is charged with playing a four-year-old. Dressed in a Minnie Mouse T-shirt and pink tutu and clutching a Disney princess blanket, Lucy looks innocent enough, but Ruchala’s ability to convey the inquisitiveness of a child balanced with Haidle’s dialogue that is more apropos to a 40-year-old, is what creates the foundation for all of the other characters to work. Ruchala has chemistry with each actor put in her path, especially in her interactions with Mitchell as Bradley. They are the perfect duo.

Meanwhile, Mitchell nails Bradley’s television sitcom-type character; he’d be perfect on an episode of How I Met Your Mother. D’Amico is the other standout as Lucy’s playmate, Larry. When he shows up filled with a suitcoat full of junk food and delivers the line in all seriousness, “7-11 was kind to us,” then opens a vintage “1957″ chocolate milk, Larry is lifted off of Haidle’s page and becomes a multi-faceted character.

Gibbons as Marmalade couldn’t have been better cast. He’s smarmy in perfect Marmalade fashion. And when he comes back to Lucy after being in rehab and begins talking about making amends and bonding with a blind sponsor — a former junkie — Marmalade’s dramatic arc couldn’t be more bull. And exactly the depth with which this character should be played.

There are so many perfect nuances in this show, from David Hart’s incredible Mini Pop Kids soundtrack (strange cover tunes of pop songs like “Poker Face” and “Material Girl.” Hart told me that it was another way to convey the theme of the play — when kids sing adult pop song lyrics and they don’t really get the meaning) to Sabrina Gore’s surrealistic, yet contemporary, costuming.

This is a difficult play, in some respects, and isn’t for everyone. Outré Theater Company goes out on a limb for Mr. Marmaladeand for savvy audience members who want to be challenged, it couldn’t be more smartly satisfying.

An Iliad, starring Avi Hoffman

“Harrowing…breathtaking…an exhilarating example of pure theatre” – John Thomason, Florida Theater On Stage

“Vibrant and utterly intriguing…we are there, completely” – Roger Martin, Miami Artzine

“Electrifying…devastating…this, my friend, is theater incarnate” – Jesse Leaf, Around Town

Outré Theatre Company is proud to announce its sophomore production, Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson’s Obie Award-winning one-man show An Iliad, starring Avi Hoffman. Returning Homer’s classic to where it originated – the words of the Poet, speaking directly to an audience – An Iliad brings alive the struggle between Achilles and Hector, the battle and fall of Troy, and the beautiful woman who caused it all.

Outré’s production of An Iliad stars Avi Hoffman, the well-known and well-respected South Florida actor/director whose accolades and nominations include the LA Ovation Awards, the NY Drama Desk, the NY Outer Critics Circle, and South Florida’s own Carbonell Awards. Hoffman plays the Poet, bringing to life Homer’s timeless characters such as Achilles, Hector, Helen, and Priam.

The production will be directed by Skye Whitcomb, Outré’s Artistic Director. Sabrina Lynn Gore will assistant direct, with set design by Sean McClelland and lighting design by Stefanie Howard.

An Iliad will be performed at the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, 201 Plaza Real in Boca Raton, Florida. The production opens April 5, 2013, and runs through April 21, 2013. Performances are Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. There will be no 7:00 pm performance on Sunday, April 14.

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Outre Theatre’s First Show Is Challenging ‘The Wild Party

By Bill Hirschman

Some troupes ease into existence with a modest, surefire and frugal first full production. Not Outré Theater Company.

South Florida’s newest professional company bows Friday with Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party. The 200close0 off-Broadway cult hit combines a brilliant but edgy Jazz Age score with a jet black story of self-destructive hedonists in the 1920s who indulge in virtually every vice imaginable.

The music is artistically challenging to perform, the piece needs a relatively large cast and band, and this isn’t Andrew Lloyd Webber, let alone Lerner & Loewe.

Outré would have it no other way, said Skye Whitcomb, artistic director and co-founder of the troupe with Managing Director Nori Tecosky.

Read  more of Bill’s feature on Wild Party, here.

You’re invited to a Wild, Wild Party!

Dust off your spats, shake out your flapper dress, find those gangster duds and take a trip to the Roaring 20s! Join Outré’ Theatre Company and the cast of The Wild Party for Outré’s first costume ball, A Wild Wild Party, on November 9 at the Manor Complex from 7pm to 11pm.

On Friday, November 9, Outré’ Theatre Company is launching its first performance costume ball, a party that will take you back to the days of the speakeasy. Meet the cast, listen to jazz from local artists, and have a drink on us.

Guests will have the opportunity to sponsor costume pieces, set pieces, and props from Outré’s inaugural show, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, opening November 23 at Mizner Park Studio Theatre and running for three weekends.
Tickets for A Wild Wild Party are $40 per person and $65 per couple.

Tickets are available here, and remember, enter through the back door and make sure to tell the bouncers the code word.
No costumes, no entry. The Manor Complex is located at 2345 Wilton Drive,
Wilton Manors.

Costumed patrons will get a 15% discount at the Manor Complex’s restaurant.
Tickets are also available at the door.

StageBill Blog: Here’s To Savoring The Joy Of Discovery By Bill Hirschman (posted July 25, 2012)

On a trip to London in 1989, a matinee fell through and, in desperation, my sister and I settled for seeing a film of Henry V, starring and directed by some young guy named Kent Brannaw or some such name.

When I walked back into the sunlight, the source of my bliss was easy to identify: For years to come, I could savor whatever this Kenneth Branagh pursued as an artist. Some projects would work, some would not. But here was a fresh, exciting talent whose latest efforts I would eagerly scarf up like a new William Goldman novel or a Nanci Griffith album.

In other words, the delight of discovery. Audience members have few joys as pungent as discovery.

Which brings us to the fledgling Outré Theatre Company and Tuesday night’s staged reading of the ink-black comic drama Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead at Empire Stage – and Outré’s reading in May of the chamber musical tick…tick…BOOM.

I don’t want to slather the praise too thickly on this shoestring company that won’t be tested by mounting a full-fledged production until late this fall.

But if these two shows are any indication, South Florida’s theater scene may be on the verge of welcoming a significant new voice.

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StageBill Blog: It’s Not All Darkness Out There By Bill Hirschman (posted May 15, 2012)

As the music swelled Monday at Outré Theatre Company’s concert production of tick…tick…BOOM!,  a thought kept interfering with my becoming completely lost in Jonathan Larson’s chamber musical.

There’s hope.

Admit it, we’ve all been fighting off a pessimistic depression with the collapse of Florida Stage, the graceful exit of Promethean Theatre, the hiatus of Rising Action, Women’s Theatre Project and Naked Stage, and the limbo of the Caldwell Theatre.

But the past week of theatergoing in South Florida has provided several vital signs that our Fabulous Invalid shouldn’t be placed on the critical list, just kept under observation.

Exhibit one: Monday’s night fundraiser for Outré, a tiny company founded by Skye Whitcomb and Nori Tecosky who have the ridiculous belief that someone can start a theater company in this economy amid declining attendance, evaporating government support and miniscule patron donations.

Their moving edition of Larson’s pre-Rent tale of young people pursuing their artistic dreams forced you to admit that if they can pull off such a smooth, assured and no-excuses production, maybe it’s the doubters who should be hedging their bets.

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