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Gig&Tell: The Wick

  • Absolute Nightmare 02/22/2018  12:29am

    This theatre is a nightmare. They are so unorganized. Marilynn has no idea how actors should be treated. They treat creative teams horribly. There’s no company management. They will screw over actors at any moment. It’s really bad. Marilynn is a professional bridge burner.

    Can we get some concrete examples please? Not that I don't believe you, it's just people keep saying she's horrible but don't give any examples.
    I've worked for a "terrible" director and theatre before that tried to take advantage of actors, but im a grown ass adult and didn't stand for it. So I ended up having a great contract, and just was extra on top of my side of things so i got what I needed. Could the Wick be a case where that can be applied?

    02/22/2018  8:06am

    When they did Hello Dolly she hired an entire orchestra and then fired them all at the last minute with no notice because she decided she wanted to use tracks. She didn’t care about those people’s jobs or livelihood.

    02/22/2018  11:43am

    She treats actors like pawns and lets them know how replaceable they are. I know someone that has worked in her creative side and said she has dinner parties and says nasty things about actors to everyone.

    02/22/2018  11:51am

    I agree Marilynn isn’t always the kindest however she’s weirdly generous in other ways, the production value and talent is top notch and I’d like to think she’s learning. They need more people on staff but it’s also a new theater. It’s not a perfect place to work but it’s not as horrendous as people say. Communication is HIGHLY lacking and there’s definitely favoritism when it comes to casting casting locals. I would work here again though.

    02/22/2018  3:12pm

    Marilyn attempted to pay the union actors (who had all negotiated above minimum salary) on two different checks - one for the minimum SPT salary from the theatre, and one personal check for the difference. Highly illegal, since the personal checks wouldn't count towards aea dues, pensions, unemployment insurance, etc. The Wick did not have their contracts from AEA until well after rehearsals began, claiming that they kept "forgetting them" back at the office. Some of the negotiated stipulations of my contract were not honored until my agent literally threatened to fly me home. They would not release my tax documents until I got the union involved. I've seen them hire people, then rescind offers, then offer them again when people quit. I was the deputy on this contract and had to call multiple times during and after my contract. Please please, do not work at this theatre. Have respect for yourself as actors, something that does not exists at this theatre.

    02/22/2018  5:07pm

    Marilynn housed some non equity actors 30 minutes from the theatre, provided one car for 4 actors to share. Then she refused to pay for gas. The actors ended up paying hundreds of dollars on gas out of an already small non union salary. She claimed it was more than generous that she even offered a form of transportation. Even though the housing was in the ghetto of a different city.

    02/22/2018  6:40pm

    I did a show here, and most people didn’t know if they were doing the show or not until the day before because no one reached out to the actors with any information. We all had to buy our own airline tickets, and most people had no idea who was picking them up from the airport or if they were just going to be stranded in Fort Lauderdale.

    02/22/2018  6:50pm

    I have watched them roll back offers on some very nice people in a most cruel fashion. I would not let my dog work for someone of such dubious ethics.

    02/22/2018  7:03pm

    My friend was offered an upcoming show and the offer was rescinded in a horrible manner as well. They were strung along for months.

    02/22/2018  7:42pm

    This is all interesting. Had a friend who worked on the creative side. They no longer have anything to do with the theatre. Said Marilynn would have them over for dinner parties and would say nasty mean gossip about actors.

    02/22/2018  7:47pm

    Horrible treatment of actors.

    02/23/2018  9:17am

    I had several packages sent to the theatre from my family when I worked her and received my personal packages opened by management. They had opened and gone through them. Not only did I feel violated, the employee made a judgmental comment about what my family sent me. I asked why the packages were open and they claimed they thought they were for them. What part of my name on the label made them think it was for them? Really shady.

    02/23/2018  4:38pm

    That is shady.

    02/23/2018  9:15pm

    Marilyn took furniture from our housing to use on the set. We came home from rehearsal to find pieces of our furniture missing (not replaced). The next day, they were on the set.

    02/26/2018  7:34pm

    They have have it set up where you’re working as your own contractor (1099) so you will owe taxes and no way to get unemployment after the gig is over.

    02/26/2018  7:39pm

    A woman named Amy, who the closest thing to a company manager, was so rude to actors contacted her with general questions or concerns. I didn’t feel comfortable talking to anyone about these general things. Was told the only person to contact was Marilynn, the owner but she was also very abrasive. There’s no company manager so your left on your own to figure things out. This theatre doesn’t have the typical set up.

    02/26/2018  8:04pm

    Yeah, all I can say is this place (and the people who run it) is absolutely horrifying. I'm honestly surprised Marilynn Wick isn't in prison.

    02/27/2018  7:58pm

    Wouldn’t wish Marilynn’s treatment on my worst enemy.

    02/28/2018  5:59am

    Report Marilynn to equity.

    03/01/2018  6:34am

    The theater is lovely both in front of house and back, and I believe the production value itself will be good. However, I'm currently in rehearsals for a show with the third director and second musical director. Neither of whom were at any of the auditions. There is some serious miscasting as much of the ensemble are not even singers!

    10/05/2018  12:34pm
  • The Wick 02/23/2018  3:19pm

    On the last show at The Wick, some non equity actors were house 30 minutes from the theatre in a tiny house. 4 adults with two small bedrooms (that had 2 twin beds each) and one bathroom. Adults should not be expected to share bedrooms and have zero privacy. One bathroom is not enough for 4 adults.

    No one was told they were sharing rooms until the day they arrived to the housing. Not one person knew. The beds were less that two feet from each other.

    02/23/2018  3:21pm

    I was offered a job here and asked for one conflict the first day of rehearsal which was apparently just a meet and greet and learning some music. Marilyn grabbed the phone from the employee making the offer to me. She scream and was belligerent. I turned it down right then based on the way she treated me. No one should have to deal with that sort of treatment.

    02/26/2018  7:52pm

    I signed up for the gym in town and the woman who owned it was friends with Marilyn’s daughter Kim, and said they all refer to her as Mommie Dearest because she was so mean. Thought it was interesting. It was at the beginning of our contract so I thought nothing of it.

    02/27/2018  12:20am

    Their season auditions were a joke. They took non-equity friends before taking equity people waiting there before them. The season was cast with only one of the directors even present, so a stage manager cast almost their whole season. People on day one got to sing 2 -3 full songs. People day two got 1 song 16 bars.

    09/30/2018  8:59pm
  • Marilynn Wick    
    02/22/2018  1:53am

    I agree Marilynn is a criminal. She will screw over actors at any moment. Do not work for this woman. Do not audition for them. It’s really bad.

    This is, once again, going to require non-union members to "become their own union" and use their power of the word "no more" and "never again" for REAL...

    ...and for AEA performers to stop capitulating, start reporting, and accrue their insurance weeks elsewhere, where they are respected.

    Every performer that rolls over and plays "it's not THAT bad..." or "it is what you make of it, you guys..."
    may be undermining the improvement of the situation for a dozen other actors down the road.

    02/25/2018  9:27pm

    Exactly. I agree 100% with this comment. Saying Marilynn “isn’t that bad” is so toxic. It’s not helping anyone.

    02/26/2018  1:17am

    This woman needs to be reported to equity. Report her.

    02/26/2018  1:18am

    I JUST worked at this theatre at the end of 2017 and had a GREAT experience, but we also had a really lovely cast. Our Equity Deputy was also strong and had a good common sense business relationship and stuck up for us as needed.

    Personally, I really enjoyed working with Marilyn and just focused on doing my job. The contract for me personally was extremely "cushy" as it was an SPT 10, I had extra dance captain pay, and enjoyed the cast-mates I was working with.

    It was also great spending the winter in Florida.

    We had great cast housing, (4 of us in a 4 bedroom house.) The 2 equity had their own on suite rooms and the two non-equity had their own rooms and a shared bathroom. One of our star leads had his own department (so that's a different situation) and two of our other leads shared a fancy two bedroom apartment that was pretty fancy and with a nice pool.

    Cabarets were OPTIONAL for us (and fun). In fact, we had the opposite problem. We usually had too many actors wanting to participate and some of us would opt-out to keep it shorter. Never required.

    My advice for fellow actors to protect them and avoid any of the other experiences not as complementary as mine (since other's have had different experiences) is to definitely get all your contract details in writing. This is probably even more true if you are non-equity, etc.

    My only complaint is that communication could be better and sometimes I would get an email requesting documents I had already sent from two or three individuals on the production side. Really, most of this is simply due to management being over-extended at Costume World. They need more delegation of responsibility on the theatre side instead of trying to have the same individuals do it all, but that's tough in a business to delegate and transition into sometimes.

    I actually thought the theatre spent TOO much money on areas where it could be better used elsewhere. (4 cast cars for 6 out of town actors). They put 6 or 7 of us up at a hotel with a tiki bar for a week while the Drowsy cast finished their run. (Each our own room including a non-equity member)

    We had a great show, great reviews, and a REALLY fun time. But our cast also got along great, was drama free (yay), and hung out a lot with each other.

    I'd absolutely work here again and I'm pretty protective of my fellow actors if I have a bad experience. Just make sure it's a show you want to do, track you want to do, and get EVERYTHING in writing. Hopefully they become more consistent with following thru on offered roles, as if any of those stories are true, that's heartbreaking.

    I think it's a really good thing to have theatre's like The Wick for the actor community to work at. The problems should be addressed. I'd rather see us help them improve things so we can get more equity (and non-equity) contracts for our performance base around the country.

    Then hopefully everyone wins.

    02/26/2018  3:58pm

    Another point to consider:

    While it is not ALWAYS the case, one should pause and consider that many of the people who find themselves able to work in a toxic environment may either be toxic *themselves*...

    ...or just too dumb or desperate to work anywhere better.

    03/13/2018  2:12am

    Marilyn is probably the worst business owner and person that I've worked for. I worked on the creative/admin side a few years ago and the practices she followed and the deceits she would commit were atrocious. Not only did she break AEA rules all the time, she was degrading to most of the staff and actors. She viewed (and still does) employees as people that she can take from until she does not need them anymore.

    Don't let her wealth or occasional flash of goodwill fool you. She will destroy you the moment she no longer has need for you. Stay away from this woman and her theatre.

    04/04/2018  2:00pm

    I love the wick !

    08/07/2018  10:49pm

    Other than the owner and her daughter there is no one consistently on staff because the owner keeps firing people. So there is no resident artistic director, production manager or company manager. Each show is directed by someone different so there is no consistent policy or method of communication, contract handling or casting. I heard that one of the stage managers and her dancer daughter cast most of their current season.

    09/02/2018  3:47pm

    This theater will be giving out EMC points as of their next show. Young actors hungry for their Equity card will be flocking to work here. My experience has been that these are the very people who will put up with almost anything to get that card. Lord help them all!

    09/30/2018  6:34pm
  • I agree it’s not that bad    
    03/07/2018  6:54pm

    I worked there when I was nonequity and it was a gorgeous place to work. I mean the location is amazing. Granted the living situation was not the best because we had to share a room with another actor. Marilynn is trying the best she can and does care about her actors. It was the first time that a lot of the cast was out of town so I think it threw her for a loop. I have worked at places that have treated me worse and paid worse. I never had to strike after the show was finished, I never had to do any technical work. Yes, I moved some set pieces but that was for the show and because actors needed to do it. Tech always did everything backstage. She paid for our gas to and from the theatre. It wasn’t the best paycheck for gas but it pretty much was equal. The production was actually very good. The show was great, the costumes were so gorgeous and the crew/ costumers were the sweetest and most loving people ever. I. LOVED. THE. COSTUMERS. Overall I would go back again. I think there were things that could of been handled better on the office side of the theatre but I enjoyed my time there very much. P.s. Marilynn also treated the entire cast to bowling and a dinner that was very very nice. P.s. pretty sure the person writing the terrible comments did the same show as me but just had a terrible attitude... so just take all that with a grain of salt.

    I haven’t worked there’s in almost two years, and I agree with all of the negative reviews. I guess everyone has a different experience, but the cons definitely out weighed the pros for me.

    03/10/2018  8:37pm
  • It's really not that bad.    
    02/22/2018  7:13pm

    These reviews are making Marilynn Wick out to be a total villain. While she isn't the most professional and definitely has her favorites, she's not evil. As another reviewer said below, she's actually quite generous in her own random ways (like taking out the entire cast/crew to an expensive dinner, bowling nights, gifts for holidays and opening nights, etc.) and was able to be coerced into giving more money for gas and such on certain occasions.

    The pay was pretty decent for the Non-Eq actors. The theatre has had some issues with keeping to all Equity rules, but they're still a new theatre and figuring out how to run their theatre professionally.

    The communication at this theatre is CERTAINLY lacking and there's no argument about that. You will get the info you need but be prepared to bug them repeatedly about it.

    The housing for the cast was quite comfortable. Equity actors in very nice housing right down the road from the theatre, while Non-Equity was split into multiple houses. Some were bigger than others and the locations varied. But, no complaints overall. Could've used another car, but made it work. There were absolutely no issues with the housing or with the cars themselves, issues only came up when they were created by the cast members themselves.

    The crew on the production I worked on was wonderful. Small, but mighty. The backstage crew in particular was kind and always on top of things.

    There are definitely some issues that need to be worked on at this theatre, but I would work there again if offered the right contract.

    Not sure which show you were doing but she wouldn’t give us any gas money. Yes she offered gifts but didn’t give us the things we actually needed, like the gas.

    02/22/2018  7:39pm

    A friend of mine worked here and said Marilyn forces actors to perform in post show cabarets so she can make more money via the bar. Several times the pianist were not able to play anyone’s sheet music, but they were still expected to perform. I was also told that the incentive to perform was a free drink from the bar, and at some point during their run, she took that part away.

    02/23/2018  3:40pm

    ^^^ not true. The cabaret was 150% optional. Maybe this is new, but as of now it is an optional event that's actually really fun.

    02/23/2018  6:24pm

    It was in our contracts.

    02/23/2018  7:08pm

    Mine too but no one ever forced us to sing. It was voluntary, drink tickets were given to all regardless of if you sang or not. Some people sang every week, others never sang.

    02/23/2018  7:29pm

    Actors don’t sign contracts until the first rehearsal so nothing is guaranteed. They send a letter of intent that has little information on it. Just that you’re provided housing and transportation. We had no idea we were sharing bedrooms.

    02/26/2018  7:32pm

    It’s unfortunate because the people that work backstage are really nice. It’s the people in the office and the owner that ruin everything. She has a lot of money but cuts costs anywhere she can. But to add to it, she isn’t nice about how she goes about things. The bartender was upset one night because Marilynn had accused him of stealing alcohol (aka giving it to the actors for free). It was so messed up because he’s a nice guy.

    02/27/2018  12:24am

    Marilynn is so Evil embodied.

    02/27/2018  2:11am

    Really not that bad? Lol. Yes it’s bad. In fact horrific, and stop planting in some positive comments to this horror show. If you’ve actually worked here as an actor, you’d know it was horrible.

    02/28/2018  12:34am

    I have actually worked here as an actor (quite recently, actually) and I stand by my above review^^^ I'm sorry if you had such an awful experience, but that wasn't my experience at all.

    02/28/2018  11:46pm
  • Good place to work 02/07/2018  8:45pm

    I have done four shows with them. They did a beautiful job renovating the space from the old Caldwell Thateare. It's beautiful and upgraded and modern. big dressing rooms. A beautiful costume museum. Tech is quite good especially costumes. The Wick family began their theatrical business in costuming.

    Non so pay was ok. Competitive with the area. I got a little extra for understudying. Talent is high caliber. They put on very strong productions of traditional music theatre. Audiences are large but, as they are in all of South Florida, very old.

    I never stayed in housing but I've seen one townhouse and it was nice. Leads often get housed luxuriously in the producers house...for better or worse.

    The producer, Marilyn Wick, is quite the character. She is a self made business woman. I understand working here as free or staff can be tough but I never had a problem as an actor.

    I recommend working here.

    Caldwell theatre*

    Non eq pay is ok*

    Crew or staff is tough*

    02/07/2018  8:47pm

    *Sometimes people have learning disabilities and have trouble typing, you ridiculous tool.

    02/22/2018  7:05pm

    If one of your family members looked at you and told you that President Trump is “quite the character” and he’s “not that bad,” how would you react?

    By watching your fellow actors get mistreated like this, YOU are contributing to the problem that is The Wick Theatre.

    By accepting the way they treat human beings and continuing to work for this company, you are sending the message to Marilynn Wick that it is okay to treat human beings like complete trash.

    I worked for this company last year, and I have never been more horrified by the way a company is run.

    It’s all fun and games when Marilynn drops thousands of dollars on an unnecessary bowling night or dinner until she then berates you for asking for a travel stipend that you were promised in your contract.

    The Wick continues to offer (and sign) contracts to actors and then rescind them at the last minute, leaving these actors jobless after they’ve done nothing wrong.

    This woman shows absolutely ZERO consideration for the hardworking actors who dedicate their work and time for her.

    If I see/hear one more actor say that working at The Wick is great or that it is what you make of it (ESPECIALLY after reading an almost unanimous thread), I am going to LOSE. MY. MIND.

    02/27/2018  5:57pm

    I was cast for two shows and Marilynn took away the second offer. The two shows had crossovers and she had no where to house an out of town actor. I’m friends with the director and he had no idea. But not only did she take away the offer, she did it in a vicious way.

    02/27/2018  8:25pm

    This woman seems harmless, and then out of nowhere she’ll pull something or attack you and you won’t know what hit you.

    When I worked here, she got closer to certain actors and heard that she was gossip and say who she didn’t think sounded good in the cabarets and that she would prefer those people not sing in the cabarets. She’s horrible.

    02/27/2018  8:29pm
  • Good Experience End of 2017    
    02/26/2018  6:37pm

    I JUST worked at this theatre at the end of 2017 and had a GREAT experience, but we also had a really lovely cast. Our Equity Deputy was also strong and had a good common sense business relationship and stuck up for us as needed.

    Personally, I really enjoyed working with Marilyn and just focused on doing my job. The contract for me personally was extremely "cushy" as it was an SPT 10, I had extra dance captain pay, and enjoyed the cast-mates I was working with.

    It was also great spending the winter in Florida.

    We had great cast housing, (4 of us in a 4 bedroom house.) The 2 equity had their own on suite rooms and the two non-equity had their own rooms and a shared bathroom. One of our star leads had his own department (so that's a different situation) and two of our other leads shared a fancy two bedroom apartment that was pretty fancy and with a nice pool.

    Cabarets were OPTIONAL for us (and fun). In fact, we had the opposite problem. We usually had too many actors wanting to participate and some of us would opt-out to keep it shorter. Never required.

    My advice for fellow actors to protect them and avoid any of the other experiences not as complementary as mine (since other's have had different experiences) is to definitely get all your contract details in writing. This is probably even more true if you are non-equity, etc.

    My only complaint is that communication could be better and sometimes I would get an email requesting documents I had already sent from two or three individuals on the production side. Really, most of this is simply due to management being over-extended at Costume World. They need more delegation of responsibility on the theatre side instead of trying to have the same individuals do it all, but that's tough in a business to delegate and transition into sometimes.

    I actually thought the theatre spent TOO much money on areas where it could be better used elsewhere. (4 cast cars for 6 out of town actors). They put 6 or 7 of us up at a hotel with a tiki bar for a week while the Drowsy cast finished their run. (Each our own room including a non-equity member)

    We had a great show, great reviews, and a REALLY fun time. But our cast also got along great, was drama free (yay), and hung out a lot with each other.

    I'd absolutely work here again and I'm pretty protective of my fellow actors if I have a bad experience. Just make sure it's a show you want to do, track you want to do, and get EVERYTHING in writing. Hopefully they become more consistent with following thru on offered roles, as if any of those stories are true, that's heartbreaking.

    I think it's a really good thing to have theatre's like The Wick for the actor community to work at. The problems should be addressed. I'd rather see us help them improve things so we can get more equity (and non-equity) contracts for our performance base around the country.

    Then hopefully everyone wins.

    I worked here last year (16-17 season), and was offered a track several months ago for an up coming show. Emailed them several times with no response and they rolled back on their offer. Have reported them to Equity.

    02/26/2018  7:14pm