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Friday, September 21, 2018

Sound Problems Cripple Earnest Measure For Measure’s 35mm by Bill Hirschman

It doesn’t matter how beautifully these performers sing with strength and skill, no matter how tight the bands, no matter how much energy flows , if a musical is primarily a song cycle rel…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Plans For Iris Acker Celebration Memorial Announced For Oct. 15 by Bill Hirschman

A “celebration’ of the life of Iris Acker – the iconic actress, teacher, producer and theater booster through her television shows -- has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday October 15 a…

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D&D Heroines Vs. Demons In Area Stage’s She Kills Monsters by Bill Hirschman

She Kills Monsters is a dramatic comedy given an inventive and enthusiastic production by Area Stage Company -- a show proudly described as “theater for nerds,” or more accurately, for y…

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Iris Acker, A Seminal Figure In South Florida Theater, Has Died by Bill Hirschman

Iris Acker -- the vivacious actress, teacher, author, dancer, artistic director, producer and groundbreaking union leader who helped transform South Florida theater – died Sunday night aft…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Thinking Cap’s Crooked Captures The Pain of Adolescence And The Pain Of Being A Parent by Bill Hirschman

Thinking Cap Theatre’s Crooked superbly captures the fear, confusion and pain of being an adolescent – and the same fear, confusion and pain struggling to raise one. With vibrant perform…

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Now & Then Proudly Affirms Gay Romance Is Like Any Other by Bill Hirschman

Now & Then, a world premiere musical in Wilton Manors, is a quiet gentle love story told with an inventive twist. But it’s a tale tracing the episodes of an arc so familiar that it mi…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Not Just For Kids, Theatre Lab’s Initial Family-Friendly Ronia Elevates And Inspires by Bill Hirschman

Ronia, the Robber's Daughter -- the first offering of Theatre Lab's family-friendly series -- satisfies the parameters of youth theatre but with a pedigree that transcends its genre, a produ…

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Stage Door’s La Cage Surely Entertains But Feels Lackluster by Bill Hirschman

Broward Stage Door’s La Cage aux Folles stresses the universal virtues of love and loyalty, delivered with only a wry smile to acknowledge that its protagonists are an aging gay couple inc…

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Friday, August 31, 2018

An Hour Without TV: Earnest Social Comment But Rehash Of A Hundred Soap Operas by Bill Hirschman

An Hour Without TV -- in which an abused wife convinces her husband to give her one hour without ESPN so she can tell him she leaving – is easily the most mistitled drama in many years. It…

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Monday, August 20, 2018

More News: Teen Ambassadors, New Theatre Lab Program, Charlie Cinnamon Exhibit, Kravis Volunteers & Insight Benefit by Bill Hirschman

News about Broward Teen Ambassadors' application deadline, Theatre Lab's new series for families, Kravis Center's volunteer opportunities, a benefit for Insight for the Blind, and a terrific…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

‘White Guy on The Bus’ Is GableStage’s Shattering Incisive Dissection Of Race Relations by Bill Hirschman

White Guy on the Bus at GableStage is a merciless dissection of race relations in the 21st Century, but stunning plot twists prevent us from explaining much further than a wealthy white bus…

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Upsetting Resonances Make Cabaret Worth A Return Visit by Bill Hirschman

Area Stage Company's Cabaret underscores how this warhorse musical still serves, not as a cautionary tale, but as a flat out warning to our current socio-political climate: The production's …

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Starry Night In New City Players’ Transcendent Constellations by Bill Hirschman

It’s almost paternalistic to praise New City Players as one of the gutsiest theaters in the region. But with its carefully-wrought and moving production of Constellations, the Players have…

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Monday, August 6, 2018

LGBTQIA Shorts Gone Wild 6 Comes Up A Little Short by Bill Hirschman

No one could accuse the cast of Shorts Gone Wild 6 of being low energy. They spend the production’s interstitial moments cartwheeling, performing splits, engaging in slapdash chicken danc…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

So Fla Theatre League Announces Remy Awards by Bill Hirschman

Unsung heroes who provide outstanding service behind the scenes in local theater will receive recognition this year from the South Florida Theatre League’s 2018 Remy Awards.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Big Bang Still Daft Demented Fun At Actors Playhouse by Bill Hirschman

Worse than Spiderman Turn Off The Dark, the mega-epic The Big Bang may be the most bloated, overwrought, inept, politically incorrect, painfully lame, downright stupidest musical of all time…

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

‘I Love, You’re Perfect’ Has Changed At MNM Theatre by Bill Hirschman

If you’re over 40 and you heard that some theater was reviving that chamber musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change… come on, you said, “Again?” So here’s the really good …

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

News: Thinking Cap Beats Bway, Danis Leaves FGO, FIU Fosters Plays, Knight Offers Grants, Costume World Moving, Krasja Now BAA President by Bill Hirschman

News of Florida Grand Opera, Florida International University, Knight Foundation, Broadway Across America and Costume World

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Girlfriend, Let’s Talk: Five Women Wearing The Same Dress by Bill Hirschman

Let’s talk about sex, drugs and relationships. Let’s dish about thoughtless cruel men we’ve known, love and loneliness, fears that hold us back and strengths that can empower us. Such …

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Empire’s Aunt Jack Challenges Pigeonholeing Sexualities by Bill Hirschman

Aunt Jack, S.P. Monahan’s world premiere play at Empire Stage, rejects pigeonholing sexuality with a single label or category. Sexual identity is what you choose it to be and Monahan champ…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Neil Sedaka’s Breaking Up At Stage Door Is Full Of Laughter by Bill Hirschman

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do -- which hangs a plot or two around 18 of the songs by 1960s pop icon Neil Sedaka, is the perfect swan song to close this chapter of the Broward Stage Door as it g…

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Dramaworks Explores Enduring Relevance of a Plains Populist by Bill Hirschman

Woody Guthrie’s American Song is most decidedly a people’s musical, at least in its vivifying production at Palm Beach Dramaworks is more of a communal hoedown with Guthrie’s music as …

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Big D Is Touching, Rowdy World-Premiere At The Abyss by Bill Hirschman

For all the raunchy scenes in Michael Mizerany’s new play The Big D, the message at the weepy comedy-drama’s heart is serious and sincere. Sure, the characters engage in hard-core, unaba…

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Friday, June 29, 2018

StageBill Blog: Shows I Wish Someone Would Produce Here — And Some Casting Ideas by Bill Hirschman

In looking over my huge collection of play scripts, I kept coming across shows I either have seen and am anxious to see undertaken by a local company, or titles I’ve read but never seen …

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Slow Burn’s Rock Of Ages Isn’t Your Grandma’s Musical by Bill Hirschman

If there's any way to get folks to the theater who don't usually go, Slow Burn's Rock of Ages can do it. Director/choreographer Patrick Fitzwater knows exactly how to squeeze every inch of c…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

New City Players Paint Perfect Work Of ‘Art’ At Vanguard by Bill Hirschman

In the lovely confines of The Vanguard, Yasmin Reza's modern classic Art comes to life in New City Players' finely curated production.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Grief, Coping Commingle With Comedic Culture Clash In McKeever’s Elegant Mr. Parker by Bill Hirschman

When did yesterday’s renegades, who skirted AIDS and lived boheme on a ramen noodle diet in the go-go eighties, become today’s get-off-my-lawners? These questions, and plenty more, linge…

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Pink Unicorn Puts Complex Human Face On Identity Politics by Bill Hirschman

Laura Turnbull in the solo show The Pink Unicorn from Primal Forces places us in the headspace of a widowed mother in a small—and small-minded—Texas suburb who transforms into an unwit…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

M Ensemble’s Seven Guitars Is Virtually Music As Theater by Bill Hirschman

In the current production of The M Ensemble Company, August Wilson’s legendary Seven Guitars almost plays like a musical or a folk opera akin to Porgy and Bess or Floyd Collins.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Lightning Bolt’s Into The Woods Gives Modern Resonance by Bill Hirschman

Into the Woods’ disturbing second act occurs in a boy’s nightmare in Lightning Bolt Production’s riveting, pulse-quickening production at the West Boca Performing Arts Center. Director…

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

GableStage’s “I’m Gonna Pray For You” Scorches The Stage by Bill Hirschman

Human beings’ desperate need for affirmation of their self-worth from some source outside themselves – whether it’s from a parent or strangers’ judgments – drives GableStage’s sc…

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