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Thursday, October 17, 2019

National Black Theatre Festival Underscores Love Of Theater by Bill Hirschman

This past summer, tens of thousands of African-Americans from around the U.S. and other countries as well jammed 12 venues in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to savor more than 30 tragedies, m…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Dramaworks’ Streetcar Delivers Own Scalding Vision Of Classic by Bill Hirschman

Even for Palm Beach Dramaworks, its A Streetcar Named Desire creates a category of its own with an emotionally scalding portrait of flawed human beings scraping each other raw until the ine…

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Family Struggles With Autism In New City Players’ Falling by Bill Hirschman

Underneath, Falling is not just about a family dealing with the complex challenge of living with an autistic adult. New City Player’s profoundly moving production seems to be as much about…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Forget The Film When Watching Dramaworks’ Own ‘Streetcar’ by Bill Hirschman

When tackling A Streetcar Named Desire, it’s impossible for artists to ignore the 1951 film that made a movie icon of Marlon Brando and provided the last great role for Vivien Leigh. But d…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Harrowing Depiction Of Evil: An Evening With John Wayne Gacy by Bill Hirschman

You may find this hard to believe, but An Evening With John Wayne Gacy Jr., -- easily the most off-putting title for a theater piece in many years – is a surprisingly effective, harrowing …

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Boys Of A Certain Age Examines Gay Lives In The Trump Era by Bill Hirschman

Flawed as it is, few would place Boys of a Certain Age in the same ranks as The Normal Heart and The Boys In the Band. But Dan Fingerman’s script being presented by Empire Stage is an inci…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

News Roundup: Dramaworks, Jan McArt / Lois Pope, Wick, Playgroup LLC, Slow Burn by Bill Hirschman

Lots of news about Palm Beach Dramaworks' new play festival, Lois Pope teams up with Jan McArt, Playgroup LLC to close, fundraisers for Slow Burn, GableStage and Insight for the Blind

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Blood, Beer And Toasters: Main Street’s Ferocious True West by Bill Hirschman

With the fearful ferocity of twin jackhammers running amok, the brothers of Main Street Players’ True West clash and crash, attack and retreat in an anguish-fueled release of pent-up frust…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Funny & Poignant Grindr Mom Turns A Wife’s Life Inside Out by Bill Hirschman

Crucial to know about Grindr Mom is that while the heroine is a middle-class pearl-wearing politically conservative Mormon who volunteers once a week at the local school, “The Wife” as s…

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Wiesenthal Challenges Us To Prevent Tragedy Once Again by Bill Hirschman

Over and over, Simon Wiesenthal’s words spoken in a biographical play written a decade ago based on a man who died 14 year ago, words about events that occurred more than 75 years ago, tho…

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Musical Boca Bound Is Totally For Condo Dwellers It Portrays by Bill Hirschman

The world premiere of the musical Boca Bound written by, about and for well-heeled senior condo residents of what is called here a “country club” summons up a raft of adjectives intermit…

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Silver Palm Awards To Honor 26 Recipients In November by Bill Hirschman

The South Florida Silver Palm Theatre Awards, founded twelve years ago to honor theatrical excellence in South Florida, has announced 26 individuals and organizations receiving the honor Nov…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Breaking News: Maltz Theatre Withdraws From Carbonells by Bill Hirschman

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre, one of the state’s most artistically and fiscally successful companies, has withdrawn its upcoming shows from consideration for Carbonell Awards for the coming s…

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Matilda Will Charm The Kids, But Will Resonate With Their Folks by Bill Hirschman

Area Stage Company's Matilda is not really a children’s musical, although children will have a fine time when they are not storing up nightmarish images for future midnights. Matilda’s w…

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Ideals Prevail Over Darkness In MNM’s Man Of La Mancha by Bill Hirschman

When Man of La Mancha is performed as well as MNM Theatre Company’s production, then the magic is savoring how the innate worth of ideals ultimately prevails over an all-too-recognizable w…

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

JCAT Drives Home ‘Miss Daisy’s’ Relevance To Our Times by Bill Hirschman

There are plays that you may have seen ithat, when you experience them in today's environment, bring more of a tear then they might have 10 years ago. This is the experience with JCAT's Dri…

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Report From New York: You’ve Never Seen Oklahoma! Like This by Bill Hirschman

Sitting in Circle In The Square’s deep-thrust proscenium-less theater, it’s inescapable that director Daniel Fish and his team have gone way, way out of their way to let you know that th…

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

MNM Prepares A Man Of La Mancha Relevant For Our Times by Bill Hirschman

In this tarnished time of disaffection, divisiveness and abandoned ideals, the synergistic resonance of the musical Man of La Mancha is more than a welcome opportunity for director Bruce Lin…

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Family-Oriented ‘When She Had Wings’ Soars At Theatre Lab by Bill Hirschman

Theatre Lab’s family-friendly production of When She Had Wings posits a young girl, convinced she could fly before she could walk, trying to regain her power of flight.

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TheatreWorks Adds Another Story To The 39 Steps by Bill Hirschman

Oft-produced plays can sometimes be a groaner to sit through, yet again. How many more laughs can be extracted from the same story line and same characters? However, sometimes a production s…

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Musical Boca Bound Shows It’s Possible To Repair Relationships by Bill Hirschman

It took a crushed femur for Boca Raton resident Bonnie Logan to find her passion – writing for the stage. Indeed, if Logan hadn’t broken the thickest bone of the human skeleton, she wou…

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Partial List Of The Coming South Florida Theater Season by Bill Hirschman

What follows is a partial list of shows listed by producing company or venue from school auditoriums to strip malls to shipping containers to 1,000-plus seat houses. It’s as complete as we…

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What To Look Forward To Next Season: Well, Our Opinion by Bill Hirschman

Anticipation is one of the real joys of scanning a coming season. What follows is a completely subjective and personal list of titles we’re looking forward to (besides the return of Hamilt…

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For SoFla Theater, Will This Be “That Championship Season?” by Bill Hirschman

Growth and evolution occur across an arc, but when you’re living through the middle of it, sometimes it’s difficult to realize we’ve reached a new level. On top of one of the most memo…

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Outre Theatre Company Plans To Close After One More Show by Bill Hirschman

Outré Theatre Company, a peripatetic troupe that has specialized in contemporary plays and musicals with an edgy sensibility since 2011, is planning to produce one last show and then close …

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Empire’s Clemenza & Tessio Fleshes Out Minor Characters And Makes Them Whole by Bill Hirschman

For theater folks and movie buffs, the title is a giveaway, Clemenza & Tessio Are Dead. Those with a knowledge of theater will think of Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Theatre League’s Remy Awards To Be Bestowed At Monday Gala by Bill Hirschman

South Florida Theatre League will bestow Remy Awards Monday in Fort Lauderdale, honoring “unsung heroes who provide outstanding service behind the scenes of the South Florida Theatre Leagu…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Something Wicked This Way Comes: New City’s Macbeth by Bill Hirschman

By Bill Hirschman The ominous omens in New City Players’ energetic and passionate Macbeth actually portend promising things for South Florida theater. The rarely spoken of deficiency in of…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Report From New York: Jake Gyllenhaal, Sturridge Ponder Meaning Of Fatherhood by Bill Hirschman

Fathers — becoming one, being one and losing one — are the connective tissue of Sea Wall/A Life, the emotional double bill of two one-acts currently at the Hudson Theatre . While the per…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Report From New York: Bat Out Of Hell (The Musical) — You Already Know If You Should Go by Bill Hirschman

The musical theater evening inspired by Steinman’s classic 1977 album Bat Out of Hell is precisely what you expect it to be. For some, that means pure nirvana. Others not as inclined shoul…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Report From New York: ‘Love Noel’ Revue Is Entertaining Gift From Noel Coward by Bill Hirschman

The lovely, witty and sometimes caustic songs of Noël Coward are receiving an energetic and heartfelt revival in the highly entertaining Love, Noël: The Songs and Letters of Noël Coward, …

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