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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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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Starmaker Premiere At Island City Brings Back Old Hollywood by Bill Hirschman

Starmaker, getting its world premiere at Island City Stage, is about Henry Willson, the agent behind the hunky male stars of the 1950s, who, while fooling the cameras as straight sex symbols…

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Lightning Bolt’s Showcases Hair’s Best & Worst Tendencies by Bill Hirschman

Hair is a weird show, and not because the characters are weird. To the contrary, the flower children of the Vietnam era, which it explores with both affection and criticism, have arguably ag…

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Report From New York: Tootsie Has Own Vibe, Not Copy Of Film by Bill Hirschman

The creators of Tootsie, a Broadway musical destined to tour near you , made a brilliant and courageous choice to abandon duplicating the 1982 Sydney Pollack film starring Dustin Hoffman, an…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Men On Boats — All Played By Women — Is A Goofball Pageant, Not A Feminist Manifesto by Bill Hirschman

Main Street Players’ tongue-in-cheek production of Men On Boats -- in which women portray the male explorers of the Colorado River -- is basically a declamatory sixth grade history pagean…

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew Is GableStage Benchmark Triumph by Bill Hirschman

Amid a constellation of superb theater from GableStage comes a supernova of passion, pain and socio-political protest in Dominique Morisseau’s scorching drama Skeleton Crew. Its portrayal …

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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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