The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 5, 1997 · Page 114
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 114

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Page 24 The-Palm Beach Post DECEMBER 5, 1997 TGIF 3lQhristmasQarol COMPLETE BALLET Theater troupes need space - and Blue Ice provides it ring the entire family to enjoy an evening with The Children s Ballet Theatre Saturday, Dec. 20th 7:30pm EISSEY THEATRE v lit ) The complaint of most fledgling theater companies in the area is the lack of available places to perform. Answering a little of that demand is Blue Ice Production Studios of Delray Beach, an intimate as in small performing artist cooperative space that TICKET PRICES Joan Miller 5-00 Floor Director 10.00 Balcony QAAJifAl 7.50 SmrW 044-OOOJ Tickets Available at THE PALM BEACH BALLET CENTER h RESERVE HOW FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE j ownerartistic director Angela Wrona opened in mid-September. There she offers adult acting, jazz dance and pre-schoolers' creative movement classes, as well as workshops, lectures, rehearsal space and, hopefully, some new theatrical productions. In fact, Blue Ice decided a little warily to produce its own shows, and Wrona began asking playwrights she knew if they had any scripts that were ready for public consumption. She asked Tony & Maria's i s 0 Hap Erstein Theater rV,V ft Sit -Ail CABARET TUNES: Karen Mason sings Christmas tunes at the Crest Theatre in Delray Beach on Monday. Mark Carroll performs at Michael's Restaurant in Tequesta Dec. 12-13 and 26-27. Enjoy Dinner, Show Dancing 8:30pm i'Jlfi ft HEP I7JSL1 9 tl!tflnc.Tax&Tip J Li i A 1 111 1 ' mmm, n n it i 1 Em Reserve Now For Best Seats 1-800-817-6279 nlHHHHHHHHBUHHH H WWW Boynton Beach writer and occasional actor Rick Harlowe and that is how The Hitman came to be Blue Ice's inaugural production. According to Harlowe, it is a tale of on-the-job stress, about an assassin who has worked himself into a frazzle. He is ready to retire when a potential client pleads with him to pull the plug on her husband's life support system. He protests, but she does what she can to restore his former confidence to perform one last hit. Sounds like a holiday season crowd-pleaser, right? If it also sounds familiar, that could be because Harlowe wrote this one-act black comedy 10 years ago, and it has been performed at fund-raisers and patron events at the Lake Worth Playhouse and Delray Beach Playhouse. At one point, public station WXEL was mulling the idea of taping The Hitman for broadcast on either radio or TV, Harlowe says. Anyway, the playwright has now revised the script "for the '90s," giving it a brand new ending and putting an updated spin on the two characters. Harlowe, by the way, will play the title role, alongside Annette Gray as the widow wannabe. And if The Hitman is a hit, it could be the start of a series of stage productions at the Blue Ice Studios. Whatever happened to . . . Richard Valentine, the former executive director of the formerly breathing Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training? He has not only remained in the area, but is now producing the entertainment at a new cabaret space inside Michael's Restaurant in Tequesta down the street from BRITT's previous north county digs. For the month of December, Michael's stage will be featuring two carols. No, not a pair of songs of the holidays, but area cabaret performers Carol Provon-sha and Mark Carroll. Provonsha, the powerful belter who has played most of the county's resident theaters, will appear this weekend, tonight and Saturday night, and then again on Dec. 19-20. Carroll, who moved to Palm Beach County after years at the piano at Dallas' Mansion on Turtle Creek hotel, takes the THE HITMAN: Blue Ice Production Studios, 258 S.E. Sixth Ave., Delray Beach, continuing through Dec. 21 (Thursdays through Sundays). ' Tickets: $8. Phone: 276-4303. alternate weekends, Dec. 12-13 and 26-27. Valentine is still fiddling with the cabaret format, figuring out what works best in the space, and he hasn't ruled out small musical revues. Irwin Solomon is the space's full-time musical director and can usually be seen providing live dinner music in Michael's dining room, before and between the cabaret shows. Cabaret reservations are advised and are likely to become necessary as the place becomes more widely known and the winter seasonal crowd arrives. Call 745-6747. Speaking of cabaret . . . Delray's Crest Theatre at Old School Square has also had success featuring cabaret performers, usually importing them from New York. Monday night, the Crest brings back Karen Mason, who sold out the place in her appearance last year. In a change of pace from her usual cabaret repertoire, Mason will do a show of Christmas tunes that earned her rave reviews at Manhattan's Eighty Eights a few seasons back. While that is reason enough to head to the Crest Theatre and an excellent way to propel yourself into a holiday mood, chances are Mason could also be coaxed into singing the numbers from Sunset Boulevard that stopped her set cold last year. Mason, you may recall, was Glenn Close and Betty Buckley's understudy on Broadway in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Call the Crest box office at 243-3183. at the Jewish-Italian 01 mm JV South Florida's Longest Running Musical Comedy with Audience Participation DANCE FEAST. ..... and LAUGH ALL THE WAY TO THE SOLUTION AT GULFSTREAM DINNER THEATER (in Gulfstream Mall) 3625 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach Thurs, Fri, Sat, 7 pm; Sundays, 12:30 & 6 pm through May 10 Around Town. Don't waste your Entree Choices: Prime Rib; Broiled Salmon; Chicken Marsala precious time off. Just let us tell you what's soing on. Palm Beach Interactive shows you movie listings and reviews, Regular admission: $44.95 (Show, Dinner, Tax & Tip) Group Rates. Great for Anniversary Parties. Gift Certificates. two weeks of TV listings that 3t fasjg- you can search for specific programs, along with exhibits, Hew Year's Eve Bash: 8:30 til ??? $85.00; Don't Wait full siate of activities for kids. Information: 561-863-6474; Groups: 561-845-2651 Reserve Now: 561-863-7723; Charge by Phone Your window into the Palm Beaches. wvwvGoPBI com u (J o o o n n n'ri

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