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Flagler Playhouse Pleasing Faithfuls With Mainstream Theater But Looks to Broaden Appeal Beyond Retirees

| November 21, 2013

Aside from “Urinetown,” its last play of the current season, the Flagler Playhouse’s offerings hew to traditional crowd-pleasers, which keeps seats filled, though the community theater’s leaders are interested in experimenting beyond their comfort zone.

Flagler Celebrates Arts in Education Week as Congress Again Targets Cultural Funding

| September 10, 2013

Flagler arts organizations have a line-up of events all week to celebrate Arts in Education Week, which Congress started three years ago. The same Congress a few weeks ago began debating a measure that would reduce funding to the National Endowment for the Arts to its lowest level since 1974.

Many of Flagler’s Arts Groups Begin to Look Beyond Egos to a Cooperative Alliance

| April 16, 2013

An emerging arts alliance for Palm Coast and Flagler County would capitalize on the economic benefits of an arts scene with more coordinated projects and strategy, led by the tourism council’s conciliating voice of Georgia Turner. Obstacles remain, however.

Flagler’s Taste of the Arts Festival Captions Mix of Unity and Rivalries Between Organizations

| March 9, 2013

The Palm Coast Arts Foundation, the Flagler County Art League, the Flagler Playhouse, and Flagler Youth Orchestra open their second Taste of the Arts festival today, but county arts organizations have a way to go before calling themselves truly, communally unified.

Taking on Challenges and Skeptics, Palm Coast Arts Foundation Plants Grand Design

| November 15, 2012

The Palm Coast Arts Foundation, lease finally in hand, plans to raise up to $7 million and build an events venue in Town Center, the first phase of a much bigger plan that would culminate in a $30 million, 2,300-seat performing arts center. It faces a tide of difficulties in a fractured arts community.

Awarding Just $20,000 in Arts Grants Again, Palm Coast Agrees to Rethink Its Stinginess

| November 14, 2012

Palm Coast is willing to subsidize its money-losing tennis center to the tune of $240,000 in the last two years, but is awarding just $20,000 to support just nine arts and culture organizations. Some council members (calling the small amount “a joke”) want to change that.

Ed Hess, Beverly Beach Commissioner and Walter Brennan Alter Ego, Died in A1A Wreck

| August 3, 2012

Ed Hess was a Beverly Beach commissioner for at least 16 years, and had performed on stages and elsewhere for half a century, especially his Walter Brennan imitations.

Flagler Playhouse Goes Shtetl With Trilling Production of “Fiddler on the Roof”

| April 15, 2012

“Fiddler on the Roof,” a timeless classic rendered quite effectively by Stephen Pigman’s third production at the Flagler Playhouse, is the theater company’s final play of the 2012 season. A review.

In Playhouse’s “Over the River and Through the Woods,” Migrations from Corny to Poignant

| March 10, 2012

Joe DiPietro’s Off-Broadway hit comedy, ‘Over the River and Through the Woods,’ ending its run at the Flagler Playhouse this weekend, has its issues, but is worth seeing if you can make it to the second act.

When Even Hoboken Is Funny: Catholicism Optional in Flagler Playhouse’s “Nunsense”

| January 25, 2012

What to do with four dead nuns in a freezer and no money for their burial? Why, throw a talent show and let the nun puns rip: the Flagler Playhouse’s production of “Nunsense,” running through Feb. 5, is worth an evening’s conversion. A review.

Ghosts of Flagler Playhouse Pasts Enliven Production of “A Christmas Carol”

| December 10, 2011

The Flagler Playhouse production of “A Christmas Carol” is rendered as Charles Dickens intended it: a sort of Christmas-time thanksgiving, a booster shot of themes playing roles as important as his characters—the conquest of greed, the capacity for redemption, the dividends of generosity.

Wilted Rust: The Flagler Playhouse’s Disappointing “Steel Magnolias”

| November 13, 2011

Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias” was awful when it was first staged off Broadway in 1987. The greeting-card writing was dated then. Age or venue changes haven’t done it any favors, and the Flagler Plahouse production is unable to salvage it.

Laughs in a Trance at Flagler Playhouse’s “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

| October 1, 2011

Funny, endearing and biting to the core: A misfit-filled middle school spelling bee is the unlikely setting of the Flagler Playhouse’s 33rd season opener with the “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

Between “Laramie” and “Spelling Bee,” All Flagler’s a Stage

| September 23, 2011

John Sbordone’s production of “The Laramie Project” and the Flagler Playhouse’s “Spelling Bee” musical are enough to briefly spoil serious and less than theater lovers this weekend. Take advantage.

Auditions Set for Flagler Playhouse’s “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

| July 28, 2011

The Flagler Playhouse will hold open auditions for their upcoming production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on July 31 and Aug. 1 at 6 pm at the Flagler Playhouse in Bunnell.

Sbordone’s Next Act: Ex-Playhouse Director Opens New Theater With Poetry Clash

| July 23, 2011

Palm Coast’s theater scene is about to get much richer as John Sbordone launches his City Repertory Theatre with a “poetry clash” at Hollingsworth Gallery, where the theater will have its home for the coming season.

“P.S. Your Cat Is Dead”: Raunchy, Earnest, Serious Fun at the Flagler Playhouse

| June 5, 2011

In “P.S. Your cat Is Dead,” the early 1970s play by James Kirkwood, the hilarity of losers competes with sexual ambushes through blazing dialogue to produce an endearing, if adult, comedy. A review.

“The Me Nobody Knows” at Flagler Playhouse: Vivid, Raw and Joyful Ghetto Truths

| April 30, 2011

“The Me Nobody Knows,” at the Flagler Playhouse for the next three weekends (April 29-May 15), is an original and affecting 1970 musical drawn from the true stories of adolescents in New York City’s slums.

“Waiting in the Wings” at the Flagler Playhouse: Old Age in Wit and Drink

| March 9, 2011

Set in a retirement home for aging actresses, Noel Coward’s play is an often funny, at times heartbreaking comedy-drama pulled off beautifully by an ensemble cast at the Flagler Playhouse: every weekend through the end of March.

From Raves to Shock: Flagler Playhouse’s Artistic Director and President Both Resign

| February 22, 2011

John Sbordone and Diane Ellertsen had been associated with the transformation of the erratic Little Theater of Palm Coast into the successful Flagler Playhouse, including unparalleled sell-out shows this season. They resigned over differences with the Playhouse board of directors.

You Can’t Stop the Beat: Flagler Playhouse’s “Hairspray” Sells Out Extended Run

| February 9, 2011

Director John Sbordone calls “Hairspray” the Flagler Playhouse’s most popular show in the theater’s history, but he won’t extend the run yet again: actors are preparing for the next show. Actors talk about their time on stage.

Sock Hops, Narcotic Nostalgia and Interracial Kisses: “Hairspray” Rocks the Flagler Playhouse

| January 21, 2011

In “Hairspray,” gaudiness and 1962 have never been so much fun. The Flagler Playhouse is reviving the 2002 Broadway musical with a cast of 45 and a parade of showstopping kitsch.

Starry Saturday: Theater, Art, Grit and Glitz from Bunnell to Palm Coast

| November 14, 2010

Staring with FPC’s courageous thespians, the visual and performing arts had a fabulous Saturday in Flagler, with two gallery openings and two local theater productions. That’s what the county’s unbound cultural scene should be about.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” Launches Flagler Playhouse’s 32nd Season

| October 21, 2010

The play and the movie of the “rock opera” were charged up with controversy in 1971 and 1973. These days, “Jesus Christ Superstar” is a nostalgic bath of 70s music and only quaint hints of subversion.

A Wedding Made in Deli: How Aquarius Conquered Cancer

| September 6, 2010

He’s 60. She’s 65. They’ve each been married twice before. She was just diagnosed with terminal cancer. They’re getting married at Strathmore’s Deli, with Mayor Netts officiating.

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