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Monday, September 13, 2021

‘Angela’s Ashes: The Musical’ delivers emotionally by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE A story that is ripe with rich, raw, and real emotion is often a tale worth musicalizing. Certainly, Frank McCourt’s award-winning memoir, “Angela’s Ashes,” is a work…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 03:02PM
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Irish Repertory Theatre’s ‘George M. Cohan Tonight!’ is a hit by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE “Hello Broadway. Gee, you’re good to see. You look good to me,” theatrical legend George M. Cohan sings. Well, George, you sure do look and sound spry yourself, conside…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 09:55AM
Monday, July 26, 2021

Main Street Players presents strong world premiere of intense ‘Wolf and Badger’ by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE Wolf and Badger, a taut, intense drama receiving a mostly strong world premiere production at the professional Main Street Players in Miami Lakes, presents a sobering reminde…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 11:05PM
Saturday, July 10, 2021

Sparks fly in New Normal Rep’s riveting ‘Lines in the Dust’ by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE All Denitra Morgan wants is for her daughter, Noelle, to remain at the high school that she feels will provide the best possible education. But to the Black, working class, s…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 12:06AM
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Area Stage’s immersive ‘Annie’ shines by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE Young, visionary director Giancarlo Rodaz’s winning approach in Area Stage Company’s (ASC) current unorthodox, yet triumphant production of the classic musical Annie feat…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 12:04AM
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

‘Bright Colors and Bold Patterns’ a comic delight at Island City Stage by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE While watching Drew Droege’s delightfully comic, single-character play, Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, one might wonder: Is the horizontally big fellow at the piece’s …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 06:29PM
Thursday, May 6, 2021

‘A Bronx Tale’ shines in Ft. Myers by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE When it comes to musicals, A Bronx Tale is not one of the great ones. Still, it’s a crowd-pleasing, familiar tale populated by characters we care about. Surely, you don…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 11:41AM
Thursday, April 15, 2021

ICS’s ‘The Niceties’ neatly captures the zeitgeist by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE “What are you doing to promote equality?” a black college student demands of her white professor in Eleanor Burgess’s taut, intense, timely drama The Niceties. The pro…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 11:45AM
Sunday, April 4, 2021

Actor shines as poet in ‘The Belle of Amherst’ by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE If you search Emily Dickinson on Google, one of the photos you’ll find is that of an austere-looking woman dressed in black. The famous poet from Amherst, Massachusetts (18…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 12:51PM
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

New Normal Rep scores a hit with ‘Jericho’ by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE A problem with online theater, especially a taped production, is that performers cannot take bows. In addition, the actors cannot bask in bravos, cheers, and sustained applau…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 08:40AM
Sunday, December 27, 2020

Thirty-year Broadway star Rebecca Luker dies at 59 by Aaron Krause

Rebecca Luker, a much-praised Broadway actress and singer who earned three Tony Award nominations during her 30-year career, died on Wednesday, Dec. 23 in a Manhattan hospital. She was 59. L…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 05:26PM
Saturday, October 17, 2020

Nominations announced for 74th annual Tony Awards by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE While we still do not know when the 2020 virtual Tony Awards broadcast will take place, we at least now know the nominees. The Tony Awards’ presenters, The Broadway League …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 11:50PM
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

In the age of COVID, ‘The Humans’ is particularly timely by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE Certainly, six years ago, “This too shall pass” carried the same meaning as it does today. But oh, how we yearn to believe a speaker of those words in this age of COVID…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 11:07PM
Thursday, September 17, 2020

‘Gifts’ focuses on the power of story during dark moments by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE What are some “gifts” that you’ve brought to dark, anxiety-inducing times, places, or situations? Perhaps you smiled brightly while visiting a lonely, scared person for…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 05:48PM
Monday, March 16, 2020

‘A Chorus Line’ can make us reflect on unheralded heroes by Aaron Krause

BOCA RATON, FL. — Hopefully, sooner rather than later, Coronavirus will disappear. Then, the media may choose to highlight “unsung heroes” in the battle against the virus. Specifically…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 10:43PM
Friday, February 21, 2020

‘Happy Days’ at Thinking Cap Theatre thanks to bravura production by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE FT. LAUDERDALE — A man with much physical difficulty tries to reach the love of his life. Naturally, she seems overjoyed that hubby is approaching. And so, she cheers him o…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 05:32PM
Monday, February 10, 2020

Humor and humanity are in ‘Groundhog Day’s’ forecast by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE FT. LAUDERDALE — Whoever said “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” obviously had never heard of Phil Connors. Certainly, the quote’s originator …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 10:19AM
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Powerful ‘American Son’ prevails at Zoetic Stage by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE MIAMI –A black mother expresses a chilling, yet valid concern in American Son, Christopher Demos-Brown’s unflinchingly honest and heartbreaking play about race, set in …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 07:37AM
Friday, November 22, 2019

Stage adaptation of ‘Tootsie’ improves upon the film by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE NEW YORK, N.Y. — Dorothy Michaels is unstoppable. We learned that much in the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical adaptation of Tootsie. It is based on the popular Acad…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 10:41AM
Sunday, November 17, 2019

Song and dance are strong points in bio-musical ‘Ain’t Too Proud.’ by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE NEW YORK, N.Y. — If you want to hear current members of the famed musical group The Temptations perform live this year, you’re out of luck. According to https://www.song…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 09:25PM
Friday, November 15, 2019

Faithful, fervent Oklahoma! revival reveals a darker tale by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. — The wording on the Playbill at Circle in the Square Theatre does not deceive your eyes: It really does say Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! No…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 08:25AM
Saturday, September 14, 2019

‘Hairspray’ inspires and rocks at Beef & Boards in Indy by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE INDIANAPOLIS — Hairspray might not offer the most in-depth examination of race and racial attitudes. Nevertheless, this big-hearted, tuneful and sweet, (yet not saccharin…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 10:52AM
Saturday, May 4, 2019

California company receives 2019 Regional Theatre Tony by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE He is entering his 50th and final season as TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s Artistic Director and has garnered many awards for his work with the Bay Area company. And to top …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 02:17AM
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A darker Oliver! is still tuneful, hopeful, compelling at Goodspeed Opera House by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE EAST HADDAM, Conn. — Goodspeed Musicals’ impressive production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! isn’t shrouded in darkness and dismay. But, make no mistake: This mounting is …

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 10:42AM
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Adaptation of graphic novel set to music has world premiere by Aaron Krause

By AARON KRAUSE PALO ALTO, Calif. — Award-winning Bay Area playwright and composer Min Kahng thought his discovery several years ago was “fascinating” and “unique.” It would be “…

SOURCE: TheatreCriticsm.com at 07:19PM

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