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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Murder For Two Is a Welcome Summer Farce At Playhouse by Bill Hirschman

As in troubling days in the past, once again farce provides a welcome dose of mindless zaniness that even the real life actors on the world stage cannot not equal. Add the musical mystery Mu…

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

She Shorts Is Female-Centric, But Message Is For Everyone by Bill Hirschman

Alright ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, she’s and he’s, and those who would prefer not to self-identify, Thinking Cap Theatre and City Theatre’s summer short play fest, She Short…

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Report From New York: ‘Toni Stone’ Hits A Home Run by Bill Hirschman

Live theater’s ability to transport us to different situations and show us others’ stories makes a solid home run in the play Toni Stone, now receiving a rousing, heartfelt production th…

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Percy Jackson Musical The Lightning Thief Mixes Young Adult Classic With Rock Vibe by Bill Hirschman

Theatreworks USA’s touring production of The Lightning Thief is what results from mixing a young adult classic with a rock concert vibe à la Rent: a sometimes intense, yet always laid bac…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Uplifting Come From Away Is Season’s Don’t Miss Highlight by Bill Hirschman

Even writing about it the next day, the warmth still glows. In this time, to quote a lyric from another show, “of cold and darkness, in this terrifying night,” the affirmation of basic h…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Jolt Productions’ First Musical Is Winning ‘The Wedding Singer’ by Bill Hirschman

The Wedding Singer musical is a lively winning goofball vibe poking good-natured fun at that geological era known as “The ‘80s” in the inaugural offering of Jolt Productions, a profess…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

‘Glitter And Be Gay’ Proudly At Slow Burn’s Outrageous Priscilla by Bill Hirschman

Intentional or not, Slow Burn Theatre Company producing Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the height of Pride Week, near the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, is the ultimate synergi…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Dancing Mobsters: Bronx Tale Shouldn’t Work But It Does by Bill Hirschman

The national tour of A Bronx Tale is proof that if producers hire enough really talented people, you can make an inarguably entertaining musical out of damn near anything.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Nick Duckart Is Coming Home With ‘Come From Away’ by Bill Hirschman

Hialeah-born actor Nick Duckart is coming home again from New York City. But he is a long way from the days struggling to sell televisions at Circuit City or vending souvenirs for shows at L…

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

M Ensemble’s ‘Sisters’ Delves Into Black Lives That Matter by Bill Hirschman

Sisters opens and closes exactly as expected – two women from disparate socio-economic backgrounds spar and clash, but two hours later have bonded over the common need to remake their liv…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

News: PPTOPA Goes Pro, Theatre League’s Summer Fest, Amico Honored, Amparo Extends Again by Bill Hirschman

News items about PPTOPA hiring professionals, the South Florida Theatre League opens its annual summer festival, Michael Amico wins the Vic Award, Amparo extends again

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Sparkling Wit Suffuses Island City’s Veronica’s Position by Bill Hirschman

Creatures with the kind of quick wicked wit you only wish you had, the kind who rarely let pass the opportunity for a pithy exit line, populate Rich Orloff’s Veronica’s Position in Islan…

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Summer Shorts 2019 Unusually Consistently Entertaining by Bill Hirschman

This 24th annual Summer Shorts festival of short plays scores as the most consistent, polished and satisfying work beginning to end that City Theatre has produced in recent seasons.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

From Carbonells To Theater At Large, Is South Florida Serving Its Hispanic And Black Artists? by Bill Hirschman

This year’s Carbonells with its all-white roster of winners in the performance and directing categories was simply the boiling point in a discussion that has long simmered behind the curta…

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Winners Of 17th Cappies Honoring Students In The Theater And Criticism by Bill Hirschman

The crush of more than a thousand cheering students, their parents and friends overflowed the orchestra seating and the boxes of the Broward Center’s cavernous Au-Rene Theater at the Browa…

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

City Commissioners Fail To Override Mayor’s Veto On Coconut Grove Playhouse by Bill Hirschman

The Miami-Dade County plan to resurrect the iconic Coconut Grove Playhouse once again suffered a setback Thursday when the Miami City Commission failed to override its mayor’s veto. But co…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

No Doubt At All: Playhouse’s Doubt Will Make You Think by Bill Hirschman

Actors' Playhouse's Doubt is not about guilt or innocence. It’s about doubt. The nature of doubt. The fallout of doubt. Living with doubt. Deciding whether to act when you have doubt. In t…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Breaking News: County “Prepared” To Sue City Over Grove Playhouse Rebuff by Bill Hirschman

Miami-Dade County is “prepared” to sue the City of Miami in order to proceed with its plan to resurrect the Coconut Grove Playhouse, said a county official spearheading the project.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

How Your Sausage Is Made in D.C.: GableStage’s Kings by Bill Hirschman

Few plays have been as ruthlessly photographic depicting the pornographic incest of lobbying and corruption as well as the clash of idealism and pragmatism as Sarah Burgess’ Kings, current…

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Funny & Tragic Pursuit Of Fame In The House Of Blue Leaves by Bill Hirschman

The House of Blue Leaves gets as funny and touching a production from Palm Beach Dramaworks as anyone can ask for. Its virtues include superb direction, a flawless creative team and a wall-t…

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Breaking News: Miami Mayor Scuttles Coconut Grove Playhouse Plan With Veto by Bill Hirschman

Miami-Dade County’s current plan to resurrect the Coconut Grove Playhouse was dealt what may be a fatal blow Friday when City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez vetoed the project primarily on …

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Theater Cues & News: Matilda Jr., New City Reading, A New Patsy, Moving Measure, Theatre Lab Experiments, Traffic Woes by Bill Hirschman

News of Broward Center & local students create Matilda Jr., New City Players seeks feedback on new play, Wick extends and gets new Patsy Cline, TCG brings 1,000 artists to Miami, Measure…

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An Absurdist Take On Celebrity Worship At PB Dramaworks by Bill Hirschman

Palm Beach Dramaworks is reviving the funny, poignant The House of Blue Leaves about a Queens family whose life is turned inside out when the Pope visits NYC in 1965. Ordinary people spurred…

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Intriguing ‘Precious Little’ Delves Into Communication by Bill Hirschman

Thinking Cap Theatre director Nicole Stodard and her fine trio of actresses have inarguably produced an engrossing emotional and intellectual puzzle to stimulate the heart and mind in Precio…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Breaking News: County Plan For Coconut Grove Playhouse Passes Crucial Test Wednesday by Bill Hirschman

The 13-year journey to resurrect the fabled Coconut Grove Playhouse squeaked by what may have been the last serious roadblock Wednesday when the Miami City Commission voted 3-2 to overturn o…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Theatre Lab Gathers Scores Of Artists For Overnight Project by Bill Hirschman

Self-absorbed celebrities adopting babies, patients bonding in an asylum and a batty New Age retreat featuring a large plastic cow – just a few of the offbeat moments in Theatre Lab’s Ov…

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Knowing How It Ends Is Part Of The Secret For Flight 232 by Bill Hirschman

The highly theatrical, superbly effective United Flight 232 presented by the House Theatre of Chicago makes a strong ending to the Arsht Center's Theatre Up Close series for the season.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Viva La Parranda! Shares Soup, Stories And Song In A Very Original Production by Bill Hirschman

Viva La Parranda! from Miami New Drama is more than a documentary play. It's a microscopic and humanistic look inside a Venezuelan town, El Clavo, and singer Betsayda Machado has become the…

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Music Not The Plot Is The Attraction in FGO’s Werther by Bill Hirschman

Jules Massenet’s dramatic opera Werther is short on action, and its cast of characters limited. But it does have a reputation, however, of being the most French of French operas, and what …

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Fandom And Great Music Are Key To Always… Patsy Cline by Bill Hirschman

Always…Patsy Cline at the Wick Theatre gifts the audience with recreations of about two dozen hits from the iconic country singer’s catalogue. But while the music is undeniably entertain…

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17th South Florida Cappies Nominations Announced by Bill Hirschman

The Critics’ Awards Program, or Cappies for short, will celebrate outstanding achievement in high school theater when students from 22 public and private schools throughout Broward and Pal…

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