Out Of The Ashes Of Triumph, Coconut Grove Director Struggles To Survive

Arnold Mittelman has run Florida’s Cocnut Grove Playhouse for 21 years. “On April 10, South Florida’s theater community paid homage to the 61-year-old stage veteran. Standing tall in the spotlight at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Mittelman, his blue eyes sparkling, accepted the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. By the next morning, though, a very different kind of spotlight began to shine on Mittelman amid revelations that the landmark theater he has run with a single-minded determination is on the brink of ruin.”