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Friday, January 18, 2019

‘Bette & Barry’ Entertains, But Where’s The Story? by Bill Hirschman

Bette & Barry: From Bathhouse to Broadway at Island City Stage is an imagining of if Midler and Manilow decided to do a concert together. In real pop history, they never have. This revu…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Consistency Celebrated In Carbonell Nominations For 2018 by Bill Hirschman

The reliable consistency of quality of some South Florida companies’ work was underscored Thursday with the release of the nominations for the 43rd Carbonell Awards honoring excellence dur…

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Riverside’s A New Argentina And A New Look At Evita by Bill Hirschman

The musical may have been around for decades, but Riverside’s triumphant production of Evita proves that the show has a strong universality that rings as loudly today as it did 40 years ag…

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Deep And Complex, A Shayna Maidel Thrives In Its Contrasts by Bill Hirschman

Whether you have seen A Shayna Maidel before, Chicken Coop Theater at Levis JCC Sandler Center does a fine job keeping intact Lebow's touching drama and its very definite Holocaust theme. Bu…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Powerhouse Actresses Serve Up A Century Of History In Having Our Say At Primal Forces by Bill Hirschman

Having Our Say is likely the first play in which both of its characters are centenarian women of color. At Primal Forces’ regional premiere, this means two roles of uncommon heft and histo…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Celebration Set Jan. 21 Honoring Tony Finstrom by Bill Hirschman

A celebration of the life of Tony Finstrom, playwright patron and theater lover, is scheduled for Monday, Jan 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University where…

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Main Street Works Hard But Superior Donuts Disappoints by Bill Hirschman

It took Main Street Players’ lethargic production of Superior Donuts about 20 minutes to show much signs of life, and even then the primary electricity came from one actor as a young man a…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Knight Honors Adler, Fliss, Pelaez, Funds CoCo Grove $2 Mil & Miami New Drama $900,000 by Bill Hirschman

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded $2 million to Miami-Dade County to complete the project for GableStage-FAU’s theatre department to rebuild and reopen the Coconut Gro…

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Bookshelf: Hirschfeld, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Michael Caine by Bill Hirschman

By Bill Hirschman If you’re a theater aficionado and received a nice check from your mother for the holidays or maybe from a busy relative gave you a gift card to Barnes & Noble, what …

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Palm Beach Dramaworks And Theatre Lab To Host New Play Festivals On The Same Weekend by Bill Hirschman

South Florida will reinforce its commitment to new play development in January with two simultaneous new play reading festivals at Palm Beach Dramaworks and FAU Theatre Lab during the first …

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Stagebill Blog: Triumph And Tragedy — 2018 In SoFla Theater by Bill Hirschman

Breathtaking tour de forces, heartbreaking tragedies on stage and in real life, shows you've never heard of and shows you've seen three times too often, troupes taking chances - some resulti…

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Prolific Theater Artist Finds Welcoming Permanent Working Home In Wilton Manors by Bill Hirschman

For theater artist Ronnie Larsen, “the roots are setting very deep” in Wilton Manors. “It just feels right to stay here.” Larsen is a playwright, actor, director and producer “whos…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Vital Hamilton Dazzles – With Asterisks – At Broward Center by Bill Hirschman

Hamilton, which explodes with power, vitality and imagination in the Broward Center for a five-week run, is not the Second Coming as many overheated observers would have you believe. But thi…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Playwright, Patron And Pillar Tony Finstrom Died Tuesday by Bill Hirschman

Tony Finstrom, who died Tuesday at the age of 71, was a prolific playwright, an arts journalist and a generous patron, but above all Tony Finstrom was a man who loved theater down through th…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Slow Burn’s Legally Blonde Is An Early Christmas Gift — In Pink by Bill Hirschman

The Christmas season officially opened this weekend wrapped in pink. Elle Woods, leading a perky singing and dancing ensemble in Slow Burn Theatre Company’s ebullient Legally Blonde, lit u…

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

This Season’s Winter Shorts Is A Mixed Bag At City Theatre by Bill Hirschman

Much like the holiday season itself, there are things to endure and other instances that are jolly. That's the mixed bag of City Theatre's Winter Shorts now playing at the Carnival Studio Th…

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Uneven Yellow Brick Road At Stage Door’s ‘The Wiz’ by Bill Hirschman

Soul and spirit are characteristics we would expect from a production of the multi-Tony-winning musical The Wiz. And, to be fair, Stage Door Theatre’s mounting is, at times, spirited, hip,…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Now The National Leader, City Theatre’s Long History Championing The Short Play by Bill Hirschman

For some who view two-part events on Broadway and five-hour epic tragedies as the height of the theatrical form, the 10-minute play is condescendingly tolerated as the poor relation at the a…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Painful Drama, Absurdist Comedy Commingle In Dramaworks’ House on Fire by Bill Hirschman

The script and the production of Palm Beach Dramworks need some refining, but when it’s most in the pocket, the world premiere of Lyle Kessler's House on Fire dances a delicate pas de deux…

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Wick’s Annie With Sally Struthers Reliably Entertaining by Bill Hirschman

It’s not that it’s impossible to mess up the musical Annie, but when you have a reliable troupe of talented hands like those connected to the current Wick Theatre production, you are gua…

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The Hamilton Survival Guide by Bill Hirschman

The ground-breaking record-breaking Tony-winning Pulitzer-winning musical Hamilton is expected to attract unprecedented numbers of fans and newcomers when the national tour arrives at the Br…

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Colorful Miami Motel Stories: MiMo Is Trip Through Time by Bill Hirschman

How do you get a younger demographic to go see a play? Well, if it isn't Hamilton, it is difficult, sometimes impossible, to get those, let's say, under the age of 40-somethings to a live th…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Angie Radosh Gives Harrowing Performance In Breadcrumbs by Bill Hirschman

Angie Radosh’s face, not to mention her body language, provides an unimpeded view deep into the soul of a writer battling an inevitable descent into the spiral of Alzheimer’s disease in …

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Family Strife, Motherhood & Hope In Theatre Lab’s Tar Beach by Bill Hirschman

The emotional cauterizing of an already withdrawn teenager by a family dynamic of furious fights and fierce sibling rivalry forms the core of Tammy Ryan’s Tar Beach, receiving a sensitive …

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Exploring The New Work: Dramaworks’ House On Fire by Bill Hirschman

When a theater produces Death of a Salesman , it’s not unknown territory. The director can adopt, adapt or depart from what has been done before. But when it’s a world premiere such as P…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Tale As Old As Time — With Puppets: Beauty And The Beast by Bill Hirschman

It’s unfair to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast -- which is as thoroughly charming on its own merits as you could ask -- but understandable that the focus is diverted to …

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Report From New York: The Prom Is Very Strange Strangers In A Strange Land by Bill Hirschman

Usually in “fish out of water” comedies, the fish are surprised to find themselves out of the water and spend most of the evening trying to get back to familiar aquatic climes. But in th…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Report From New York: Mean Girls Surprisingly Charming by Bill Hirschman

For those convinced that theater has no future among pre-Millenials, you should have been with us a few weeks ago when we made a belated visit to a Sunday matinee of the musical version of t…

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

It Ain’t Easy Being 18: GableStage’s Lacerating Actually by Bill Hirschman

It can be argued whether Anna Ziegler’s Actually is a perfect piece of art, but it’s hard to argue that the dizzyingly thought-filled drama at GableStage has captured the angst and confl…

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Report From New York: Just Closed ‘The Nap’ And ‘Inner Voices’ Worth A Local Look by Bill Hirschman

We’re back from our trip to New York to scout out productions you might want to see (or not), shows that might tour South Florida and scripts that might be worth reviving in our regional…

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Magic Planned For The Maltz’s Beauty & The Beast Is Puppetry by Bill Hirschman

By Bill Hirschman When the musical Beauty and the Beast works, theater magic flows from the stage. But it’s been done so often – a long run on Broadway, multiple national tours, the orig…

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