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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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OMG, You Guys: Riverside’s Legally Blonde Is A Hoot by Bill Hirschman

The snappy, bubblegum musical Legally Blonde has come to energetic life at Riverside Theatre, bringing laughs to the unjaded and knocking at the heart of the weary.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

McKeever’s Script Is The Star In Main Street’s 37 Postcards by Bill Hirschman

Sometimes the star of the show is the words.. Main Street Players does a credible job bringing life to the comedy 37 Postcards, but its prime virtue is Michael McKeever’s hilarious script,…

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Lion King Roars Back To Kravis And The Arsht As Fresh as Ever by Bill Hirschman

The procession of savannah creatures –magnificent lions, leaping, a lithe leopard, soaring birds and a story-high elephant – strolling up the through aisles and onto a theater stage in t…

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Visually Stunning Anastasia Doesn’t Scrimp In Any Way by Bill Hirschman

In recent years, while producers and designers of Broadway musicals have found subtle ways to slim down the overall effort on national tours. But Broadway Across America’s current sit-down…

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Crucial Meeting On Grove Playhouse Delayed To May 8 by Bill Hirschman

Breaking News: The Miami City Commission agreed Thursday to delay a meeting on what many believe is the last crucial decision regarding the future of the Miami-Dade County proposal to resurr…

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Imagination Makes Area Stage’s Wizard Of Oz For Adults & Kids by Bill Hirschman

Hearing that Area Stage Company is mounting The Wizard of Oz might make childless theatergoers pass. It would be their loss. Director Giancarlo Rodaz, his inexhaustible cast and creative cre…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Obsession, Lust And Passion Rule At Measure’s Murder Ballad by Bill Hirschman

Lust, anger and anguish pour out of urban millennials with like molten liquid gushing from an open fire hydrant in the new Measure For Measure Theatre's production of the chamber rock opera…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

M Ensemble’s Old Settler Starts With Laughs, Ends With Tears by Bill Hirschman

The Old Settler at M Ensemble starts off like a TV sitcom featuring witty banter between sisters living in 1943 Harlem. But slowly, characters start referencing race, sex, age, loneliness an…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Hundred Days: Grief As Part Of Life –With Music & A Few Laughs by Bill Hirschman

It may often feel like a concert, but Hundred Days at the Arsht Center's Theater Up Close series is a moving, heartening and deceptively polished theater piece with song and story hewing to …

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Amparo Immersion Theater Is More Effective Than you Expect by Bill Hirschman

The experience of losing everything to the Cuban revolution, the visceral experience of being oppressed, the experience of leaving your beloved country, those are the hallmarks of the surpr…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Love Is A Battlefield In Casey Dressler’s The Wedding Warrior by Bill Hirschman

Casey Dressler brings her one-woman comedy with a score of characters, The Wedding Warrior, back to Fort Lauderdale's The Vanguard, redirected by Elena Maria Garcia

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Amparo Aims To Immerse Patrons In Cuban Epic Tale by Bill Hirschman

Its creators acknowledge that the drama Amparo has familiar elements, especially the story of a family escaping Cuba and finding success in a new land. But the way the story is designed to s…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Surprises & Cheers At Theater Prom — The 43rd Carbonells by Bill Hirschman

Monday was an evening of firsts at the 43rd Carbonell Awards for newcomers and veteran companies in which Palm Beach Dramaworks’ moving Indecent won Best Play and Slow Burn Theatre Company…

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Complete List of 2018 Carbonell Recipients And Statistics by Bill Hirschman

The complete list of Carbonell Award winners, nominees and breakdown by theater and county for the 2018 performance year.

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Slow Burn’s 9 to 5 Carries A Little Extra Spin In #metoo Era by Bill Hirschman

When the 9 to 5 bowed in 1980 , the movie about women rebelling against being taken advantage of was downright funny, even if the injustice and sexism it depicted was universally acknowledge…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Dramaworks’ Fences Rages Against The Dying Of The Light by Bill Hirschman

In Palm Beach Dramaworks’ triumphant production of August Wilson’s Fences, this Troy Maxson rages. Whether this physical kinetic Troy is delivering a defiant challenge to death, railing …

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Theatre Lab’s Quiet Muted ‘Harlowe:’ Healing And Feeling by Bill Hirschman

Theatre Lab’s world premiere of Jennifer Lane’s Harlowe is indeed quiet, muted, dense. The titular heroine, who is coping with the emotional and literal scars from some horrific attack, …

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Ghost-Writer Explores The Art Of Writing And Social Restrictions On Creative Women by Bill Hirschman

Riverside Theatre turns down the volume and ratchets up the intellect in its production of Ghost-Writer, performing now on the Waxlax Stage.

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Monday, April 1, 2019

An Electrifying New Riff On West Side Story At The Maltz by Bill Hirschman

The electrifying choreography by Al Blackstone and the vibrant staging by Marcos Santana in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre's West Side Story not only wipe away any disappointment at not seeing Je…

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Powerful Dear Evan Hansen Has Extra Resonance In Broward by Bill Hirschman

Perhaps the artists gifting us this superb tour of Dear Evan Hansen may not quite appreciate how some of its themes resound specifically in South Florida like the deafening battery of cannon…

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Performance for Evan Patrons Displaced By Power Outage by Bill Hirschman

Due to a power outage on opening night, the first performance of Dear Evan Hansen was unable to go on as scheduled. A performance has been added for Sunday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. for audience…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Past Is Present At Island City Stage’s From White Plains by Bill Hirschman

From White Plains at Island City Stage is ostensibly about bullying and responsibility, but it's really about something simpler and deeper: The past owns us.

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Actor Returns To Fences To Explore New Vulnerability by Bill Hirschman

Last July, Lester Purry had just finished playing the volcanic Troy Maxson in August Wilson’s most popular play Fences at Portland Playhouse in Oregon. “I told my wife, I’m never doing…

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Neil Simon’s Gingerbread Lady: Harrowing Descent Into Alcoholism — With Laughs by Bill Hirschman

Neil Simon's dark comedy The Gingerbread Lady gets a fine production at Primal Forces featuring a bravura performance from Patti Gardner.

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

‘Cowboys’ Confessions Tells Of Magic City’s Not So Golden Days by Bill Hirschman

The world premiere of Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy, a fact-based but stylistically executed play at Miami New Drama from filmmaker Billy Corben and screenwriter Aurin Squire, captures Mia…

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Friday, March 22, 2019

They’ve Got Rhythm: Wick’s Glorious Crazy For You by Bill Hirschman

In 2019, if you want some idea what the original production of Crazy For You was like, or what those Depression Era musicals were like, live and in the flesh, settle in for The Wick Theatre…

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