Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Theater Shelf: Godspell, Death Takes A Holiday, The King(s) and I (Actually Several I’s) by Bill Hirschman

Theater Shelf, a recurring feature, reviews recently-released books, CDs and DVDs of interest to theater lovers. Some are popular titles like a new Original Cast Recording, others are works …

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Humana Festival’s New Plays Glimpse What May/Should Come To South Florida Theaters Soon by Bill Hirschman

If you’re seeking safe, predictable mainstream theater, avoid the annual Humana Festival of New Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. If you seeking “thought-provoking, edgy new wor…

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Friday, April 11, 2014

One More Trip Over The River At Stage Door Remains Warm And Funny Just Not As Vibrant by Bill Hirschman

After nearly two decades of South Florida productions, the hilarious and poignant Over The River And Through The Woods has lost a bit of its power in this perfectly workmanlike and mildly …

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Fresh New Argentina, Of Sorts, For Evita At The Kravis by Bill Hirschman

This national tour of the 2012 Broadway revival of Evita is a strong fresh edition that gives the raw material a thorough makeover but does not deconstruct the piece. The experience is helpe…

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wick Takes A Chance With Mixed Bouquet Of Steel Magnolias by Bill Hirschman

See Magnolias for all of the lovely elements the Wick's production contains and its insightful direction by Mr. Joerder. Some of the thornier aspects should eventually get worked out and by…

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Have I Got A Girl For You Entertains, But Proves Island City’s Savvy For New Works by Bill Hirschman

The small, yet "can do" Island City Stage swept the Carbonell Awards for the drama The Timekeepers. Its latest comedy, Have I Got A Girl For You, has an originality that shows what this comp…

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Demos-Brown Wins Citation In Steinberg/ATCA Competition by Bill Hirschman

Miami playwright Christopher Demos-Brown received a prestigious citation this weekend from one of the most esteemed playwriting programs in the country, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/America…

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

Outré Theater Company goes out on a limb for Mr. Marmalade and for savvy audience members who want to be challenged, it couldn't be more smartly satisfying.

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Mae West Play, Dirty Blonde, Doesn’t Quite Seduce At Plaza by Bill Hirschman

The Plaza Theatre’s production of Dirty Blonde, a story of the blessings and curse of celebrity as seen in the life of Mae West, is similarly a conundrum of contradiction – the cast deli…

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Theatre’s Look At Saturday Night Live Not Ready For Primetime Never Peaks by Bill Hirschman

New Theatre's debut of the new, locally written work, Not Ready for Primetime, has a way to go before it is actually ready for prime time

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Juan C. Sanchez’ Disturbing Collection Of Playlets Is Anything But Paradise by Bill Hirschman

Juan C. Sanchez’s Paradise Motel begins in the clouds and ends in the sewer. Charting five decades in the devolution of a fictional motel on Calle Ocho—and the parade of lovers, hustlers…

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Newcomers Share Carbonell Bounty With Major Companies by Bill Hirschman

The Timekeepers, a harrowing drama mounted on a tiny stage by a company only in its second season, swept six of its six nominations including best play at the 38th Carbonell Awards Monday ni…

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Winners of 38th Carbonell Awards For Excellence by Bill Hirschman

Complete lists of winners and nominees for the Carbonell Awards 2013

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David R. Torres, Co-Founder of Broward Stage Door Theatre, Dies Sunday Of Stroke At 54 by Bill Hirschman

David R. Torres, the electrical engineer, florist and entrepreneur who saw an arts venue in a deserted movie house and co-founded Broward Stage Door Theatre, died Sunday at age 54.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Murder, Betrayal and Baritones: FGO Delivers Soaring Tosca by Bill Hirschman

One advantage of Florida Grand Opera mounting a beloved classic is the audience knows when it’s being done well, and the audience opening night certainly recognized the current revival of …

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Heirs Behaving Badly: Dividing The Estate May Be Familiar by Bill Hirschman

Plenty of laughter greets every witticism and absurdity in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of Dividing The Estate, Horton Foote’s acidic depiction of greed, jealousy and family. But th…

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Brothers Of The Dust Benefits From Strong New Writer’s Voice by Bill Hirschman

Earth, fire and blood mix with resentments, loyalties, betrayals, secrets and love in M Ensemble’s Brothers of the Dust. The production and performances veer from moving to stilted. But no…

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Curtain Rises Monday For Carbonells’ Theater Prom by Bill Hirschman

If the 38th annual Carbonell Awards honoring theatrical excellence in South Florida are considered a mirror by some, the nominations provide some interesting material for observers to chew o…

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

American Idiot’s Lyrics Are Often Unintelligible, But The Show Is Entertaining and Powerful by Bill Hirschman

Buried under the profligate volume and frequently unintelligible lyrics, American Idiot remains entertaining for the unflagging energy of its performance and the power of its raw material, a…

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bored? 10 Openings This Week And 4 Next Week, 4 Last Week And That’s Not All, Folks by Bill Hirschman

In addition to the two major productions still running that opened earlier this month and the four productions that opened last week, there will be 10 – count ‘em 10 – productions open…

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Ring! Ring! The Mormons Are Coming To The Kravis Center by Bill Hirschman

The Book of Mormon was unveiled Monday as the headliner in the 2014-2015 Kravis on Broadway season. It’s joined on the schedule by Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Flashdance, Anyth…

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Slow Burn Prevails Over Difficult Chess Match by Bill Hirschman

Slow Burn Theatre Company has once again tackled a difficult show in Chess that few if any Florida companies would attempt. And once again, it has come out the victor, at least as victorious…

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Maltz Goes To Unusual Lengths To Cast Local Asian-American Actors For The King And I by Bill Hirschman

When it came time to cast the roles of the King’s children for its production of The King and I, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre did more than just a casting call. They consulted data, sent mor…

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A Trip To GableStage’s The Mountaintop Is Worth The Climb by Bill Hirschman

Certainly, The Mountaintop is about Martin Luther King’s place in the civil rights struggle, but the superb production at GableStage examines a more universal issue of how ever-present mor…

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God Of Isaac Explores Search For Identity With Humor & Heart by Bill Hirschman

Jews honor a direct bond with their forebears stretching across 6,000 years. That cornerstone of Passover also underlies James Sherman’s The God of Isaac, enjoying an enthusiastic and effe…

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Report from New York: Some Hot Lessons From A Cold Winter by Bill Hirschman

A pre-holiday foray to a snow-struck Broadway delivered a master class of insights that last beyond a temporary season, whether it was Macbeth or Matilda, The Glass Menagerie or A Gentleman…

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Zoetic And McKeever Skewer Hollywood As A Cesspool In Clark Gable Slept Here by Bill Hirschman

Death, drug overdose, murder, lies, hypocrisy, soulless creatures willing to do absolutely anything for greed and glamour – you really shouldn’t be laughing this much or this hard. But a…

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Maltz’s Lovely The King And I Is Rapturous Musical Theater by Bill Hirschman

Not taking a thing away from Sondheim or anyone else who followed them, but the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s glorious production of The King and I reminds you that when it’s done right, nobod…

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Actresses’ Efforts Inject Passion Into Stilted Talky Mamet Philosophy-Fest, The Anarchist by Bill Hirschman

Not every show is a home run. But that doesn’t deprive the audience of an interesting night when talented actresses make a flawed script land as well as can be hoped. Patti Gardner and Jac…

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Bway Across Miami 2014-2015: Newsies, Mormon, Cinderella, Sister Act & (Really) I Love Lucy by Bill Hirschman

Three of Broadway’s most popular hits come to the Arsht Center next season through the Broadway Across Miami series: the irreverent satire The Book of Mormon, the exuberant Disney’s News…

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spamalot Is Supremely Silly And Delightfully Demented Fun by Bill Hirschman

A delightfully demented cast enhanced by the inventive imagination of chief jester/director David Arisco and choreographer Ron Hutchins make Actors' Playhouse's Spamalot a satisfying pleasur…

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