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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Satisfying Beauty And The Beast Will Keep The Adults Entertained As Well As The Kids by Bill Hirschman

While the Broadway Palm production of Beauty and the Beast at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center will elicit giggles from the kids, this local edition is a surprisingly satisfying evening eve…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Hamilton Remains Fresh, Vibrant Masterwork On Return Visits by Bill Hirschman

Does it ever get boring being in the room where it happens? No, it does not, as illustrated from the moment Aaron Burr begins recounting the story of this lad from the Caribbean who becam…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Riverside Tackles Neil Simon’s Multi-Faceted Lost In Yonkers by Bill Hirschman

Something unexpected is on Riverside Theatre’s mainstage: A straight play. That’s right, no big box office-guaranteed lavish, toe-tapping musical Instead, patrons are getting well-devel…

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Beckett’s Existential Happy Days Gifts Triumphant Performance by Bill Hirschman

Thinking Cap Theatre’s stunning production of Beckett’s Happy Days, offers an unmitigated triumph of a performance by Karen Stephens expertly molded by Nicole Stodard, but to say this ab…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

’20-21 For Primal Forces, Maltz Jupiter And Headlining Arsht Bway Tours: Hadestown by Bill Hirschman

Another round of 2020-2021 season announcements has arrived with some promising titles -- this time from Primal Forces and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre – plus a headline-making offering from …

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Original Diego & Drew Come Out 2nd Time at the Broward Center by Bill Hirschman

In 2016, the interactive gay wedding theatrical experience Diego & Drew Say I Do had a successful run at the Broward Center. Now it's back for a second go 'round. It has grown up just a …

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Theatre Lab’s The Glass Piano Is Fairy Tale With Adults’ Lessons by Bill Hirschman

There’s something irresistibly intriguing when a whimsical fairy tale is invoked to teach life lessons to adults. Theatre Lab’s The Glass Piano may have a befuddled king, a savvy servant…

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Motel Stories Is Multilayered Tribute to North Beach by Bill Hirschman

Don’t say we didn’t warn you: If you purchase a ticket to the fourth and latest iteration of Miami Motel Stories, you will be put to work. You may have to repair a costume, or apply an a…

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Monday, February 10, 2020

A Funny Thing Really Did Happen on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit by Bill Hirschman

Plenty of laughter, and quite a few tears, punctuate the dramatic comedy, or comic drama, if you prefer in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloa…

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Script For Church & State Resonates But Main Street’s Production Not As Strong by Bill Hirschman

Church & State, about the collision of faith, politics and gun control after a school shooting, obviously could not be more timely or more resonant for South Florida audiences. Unfortuna…

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Dramaworks’ Skylight Offers A Window To Differing Views by Bill Hirschman

A war of words smoothly flows between two articulate, bright people with immensely opposing views on nearly every subject in British playwright David Hare’s drama Skylight, receiving a per…

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Friday, February 7, 2020

This Joint Is Jumpin’ Sometimes In Ain’t Misbehavin’ by Bill Hirschman

Sometimes the joint is jumpin’ in M Ensemble Company’s Ain’t Misbehavin’, sometime things are sluggish; sometimes you can savor the brilliant lyrics coming from a talented quintet , …

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

In Upcoming ‘Skylight’, Battle Is As Political As It Is Domestic by Bill Hirschman

Skylight might seem just an intriguing play focusing on an older widower trying to rekindle a relationship with a younger woman with whom he was having an affair with while he was married. B…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Hamilton Tour Reinforces Again Why It’s A Watershed Work by Bill Hirschman

Hamilton, which explodes with power, vitality and imagination in the Kravis Center through Feb. 16, is not the Second Coming as many overheated observers would have you believe. But this tou…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Slow Burn’s Groundhog Day Is Worth Visiting Again — & Again by Bill Hirschman

The first things to know about Slow Burn Theater Company’s musical Groundhog Day is (a) do not go expecting to see the movie and (b) do not go expecting Bill Murray. The third thing is tha…

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Diego & Drew Say I Do Once Again At Broward Center by Bill Hirschman

You are invited to a wedding this month, well, a theater experience recreating a wedding. It may seem at first blush not your everyday wedding with the title Diego & Drew Say I Do, but a…

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Riverside’s The 39 Steps Is A Hilarious Faux Hitchcock by Bill Hirschman

Face it. Resistance is useless when it comes to enjoying The 39 Steps. Any theater worth its comic salt will plunge head long into this madcap Hitchcock parody -- Vero Beach’s Riverside Th…

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Asher Lev Is Moving Look At The Joy & Cost of Being An Artist by Bill Hirschman

Across the face and embedded in the voice of the hero-narrator we can see a drive he can’t ignore, the profound costs and the unequaled joy of creating art in West Boca Theatre Company’…

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Friday, January 31, 2020

The Graduate Earns A “C” But It Can’t Compare To The “A” Film by Bill Hirschman

Given the multiple challenges inherent in mounting a stage version of the iconic film The Graduate, the Empire Stage production does reasonably well because of the commitment of everyone inv…

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

World Premiere ‘The Cubans’ Delves Into Family Generations by Bill Hirschman

Michael Leon’s world premiere The Cubans at Miami New Drama delivers an almost tactile depiction of how an extended family with multiple generations prioritize family unity while trying to…

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Peter x Wendy Provides Theatrical Magic for Adults Escorting Their Children by Bill Hirschman

If Area Stage Company’s world premiere production of Peter x Wendy documents anything, it’s that Giancarlo Rodaz is the Orson Welles-like wunderkind of South Florida theater. It is a tes…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Carbonell Nominees Announced; Dramaworks Shatters Record by Bill Hirschman

Amid a backdrop of changes and challenges, the Carbonell Awards nominations were released Tuesday recognizing excellence in South Florida professional theater. Classics, world premieres mark…

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Complete List of 44th Annual Carbonell Nominees & Stats by Bill Hirschman

Best New Work (play or musical) + An Evening with John Wayne Gacy, by Ronnie Larsen, Ronnie Larsen Presents/Infinite Abyss + Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy, by Billy Corben and Aurin Squire…

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Fight It If You Want, Mamma Mia! Still Indomitably Infectious by Bill Hirschman

Mamma Mia! is another one of those Great Continental Divides in theater: you either love it – or you hate yourself for standing up and clapping along in the final mega-mix medley of infect…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Island City’s Satirical Musical Altar Boyz Is A Grin-Fest Hoot by Bill Hirschman

Franklin Graham, the homophobic alt-right son of Billy Graham, just finished a revival tour of Florida this weekend. Too bad he didn’t attend the revival of the musical Altar Boyz at Islan…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Ordinary Americans Digs Into Tragedy Of Blacklisting by Bill Hirschman

GableStage's co-production with Palm Beach Dramaworks of the world premiere of Ordinary Americans traces TV icon Gertrude Berg as she battles blacklisting, featuring stellar performance by E…

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Wick’s Cautionary Evita Reminds How Relevant It Remains Today by Bill Hirschman

Later we’ll get to the surprisingly strong performance of an America’s Got Talent semi-finalist in the title role; more importantly, the Wick Theatre’s production of Evita is a painful…

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Thoroughly Modern Millie Shines In Riverside’s Edition by Bill Hirschman

Riverside Theatre puts a new shine on old tropes in its snappy and vibrant production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Maltz Delivers A Fresh Riff On All That Jazz In ‘Chicago’ by Bill Hirschman

By Bill Hirschman When hearing that the Maltz Jupiter Theater is presenting Chicago, potential audiences could be forgiven for thinking silently: “Chicago? Again? Seen it two or five times…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Area Stage Prepares To Move This Spring To Different Home(s) by Bill Hirschman

Area Stage Company, the Miami theatrical icon since 1989, will be moving this spring from Coral Gable’s old Riviera Theatre to a temporary home two blocks south in a a shopping center – …

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

New Seasons Announced For Dramaworks, Slow Burn, Thinking Cap Theaters by Bill Hirschman

One sign that the South Florida snowbird season has fully arrived is that theaters are trotting out the titles for next season in hopes of enticing early subscriptions. On Monday, Palm Beach…

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