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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

LPAC Memphis Remains Vibrant Rousing Thought-Provovoking by Bill Hirschman

Almost 15-and-a-half years after its Broadway debut, the multi-Tony Award-winning musical, Memphis still provides a rousing good time and offers messages that keep the show as fresh as recen…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 04:06PM
Sunday, February 18, 2024

Kelley Shanley’s Legacy After 25 Years Leading Broward Center by Bill Hirschman

An array of arts crossing genres, ethnicities and expectations at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts is the result of an unprecedentedly smooth integration of culture and society wh…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 09:02PM
Friday, February 16, 2024

Pied À Terre is “Not Your Usual Love Triangle” at the Willow Theatre by Bill Hirschman

By Britin Haller Produced by Mid Life Crisis Productions, Inc., directed by Peter J. Loewy, and written by cardiothoracic surgeon John S. Anastasi, Pied À Terre is billed as “Not you…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 06:06PM
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Area Stage Presents an Electrifying Take on an Old Classic: Oliver! by Bill Hirschman

Something truly remarkable is offered by Area Stage Company: , a sensational immersive production of the beloved Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical, Oliver! reimagined that is experienc…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 08:54PM
Sunday, February 11, 2024

Slow Burn Theatre Company’s production of Sister Act Hits all the Right Notes by Bill Hirschman

By Mariah Reed Based on the wildly successful 1992 film, the Broadway version of Sister Act was nominated for five Tony Awards, including best musical. With music by multi-Academy, Grammy an…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 06:36PM
Thursday, February 8, 2024

Legally Blonde The Musical is “Omigod You Guys” at the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre by Bill Hirschman

 By Britin Haller Omigod you guys, Legally Blonde the Musical is so much fun! The original motion picture with Reese Witherspoon is cute with a laugh or three, but likely not for everyone. …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:18PM
Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Rooted at Theatre Lab by Bill Hirschman

By Jan Sjostrom Something magical is happening at Theatre Lab, the new-play incubator based at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Deborah Zoe Laufer’s play Rooted is a not-to-be mi…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:36PM
Tuesday, February 6, 2024

The Cancellation of Lauren Fein at Palm Beach Dramaworks by Bill Hirschman

    By Oline H. Cogdill On the surface, Lauren Fein would seem to be immune to the fallout of the cancel culture. She’s a brilliant research scientist whose ground-breaking sickle-cell r…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:42PM
Monday, February 5, 2024

Morning After Grace at the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach by Bill Hirschman

Grief in various forms is explored in Carey Grim’s heartwarming play, “Morning After Grace.” But so is humor. Indeed, it’s the humor that gets us through grief. Along with the human …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 08:36PM
Saturday, February 3, 2024

Two Sisters and a Piano at Miami New Drama by Bill Hirschman

By Raquel V. Reyes Two Sisters and a Piano, written and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, is the play we need now. It is beautifully written, well-performed, and maste…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 05:42PM
Friday, January 26, 2024

Wick’s Fiddler Suffused With Joy, Sadness & Memorable Tevye by Bill Hirschman

By Aaron Krause With Anti-Semitism so widespread these days, the following line from Fiddler on the Roof feels like a particularly hard punch to the gut: “You are a decent, honest person, …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 07:18PM
Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Which Way to the Stage at Island City Stage. by Bill Hirschman

By Aaron Krause You’ve got to admire and respect actors: For them, gigs can be few and far between. And that means they must often work odd jobs to pay the bills, while continuing to pract…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:48PM
Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Barefoot in rhe Park Still Resonates at PPTOPA by Bill Hirschman

By Mariah Reed Neil Simon’s longest-running hit, Barefoot in the Park opened at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway on October 23, 1963. It was only the second play Simon had ever written, ye…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:02AM
Saturday, January 20, 2024

Old Wicked Songs at GableStage by Bill Hirschman

By Oline H. Cogdill The relationship between student and teacher often goes beyond the learning experience, fraught on both sides with understanding, resentment, frustration, respect, among …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 12:02PM
Friday, January 19, 2024

One, singular sensation: A Chorus Line, presented by LPAC by Bill Hirschman

By Oline Cogdill It’s doubtful any statistics exist to back this up, but probably a week doesn’t go by in which at least one professional, community or student theater somewhere isn’t …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:48PM
Wednesday, January 17, 2024

“Some Kind of Wonderful” at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre with Beautiful: The Carole King Musical by Bill Hirschman

By Britin Haller Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is some kind of wonderful, but don’t expect to groove along with the songs from her greatest hits album, because that’s not what this …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 09:48PM
Sunday, January 14, 2024

Zoetic Stage presents Wicked Child by Bill Hirschman

By Oline H. Cogdill Family get-togethers can be fraught with underlying disagreements, resentments augmented by past histories. But in the case of the extended family in Zoetic Stage’s sol…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:32PM
Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Hadestown at Broward Center by Bill Hirschman

By Oline H. Cogdill Can a musical that is on the surface highly entertaining, clicks all the buttons with strong acting, singing and dancing, with an innovative set enhanced by solid lightin…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:54PM
Sunday, January 7, 2024

Jersey Boys Rocks the Riverside Theatre by Bill Hirschman

By Pam Harbaugh Add an enthusiastic audience shooting to its feet and whooping out its approval and a musical transcends into something more immediate. That’s the case of Riverside Theatre…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 06:32PM
Monday, December 25, 2023

Tevye in New York! opens at The Delray Beach Playhouse   by Bill Hirschman

By Aaron Krause A patriotic feeling envelops you as you hear Tevye the Dairyman talk about his share of the American Dream over the strains of The Stars and Stripes Forever. After all, Tevye…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:54PM
Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Slow Burn dives into The Little Mermaid by Bill Hirschman

By Oline Cogdill Disney has become the master of crossover entertainment that appeals to both children and adults, especially those who can tap into their inner child. Proof positive of this…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 08:32AM
Saturday, December 16, 2023

Future Work Bows at Perlberg Festival at Dramaworks by Bill Hirschman

By Bill Hirschman Over 24 years, from its time in a compact storefront theater, Palm Beach Dramaworks has always produced a mix of classic titles, more modern works and a handful of debuts. …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 08:54PM
Tuesday, December 12, 2023

“Put On A Happy Face”  at the Wick’s Bye-Bye Birdie by Bill Hirschman

  By Britin Haller The Wick Theatre & Museum Club’s 10th anniversary season is off to a rollicking start with Bye-Bye Birdie, a winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, whe…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:42PM
Sunday, December 10, 2023

The Messenger at Palm Beach Dramaworks by Bill Hirschman

By Oline H. Cogdill “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph in the world is that good men do nothing.’’ That quote, attributed to 20th-century German philosopher Hannah Arendt an…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 08:54PM
Thursday, December 7, 2023

New City Players’ A Blast From The Past in A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play by Bill Hirschman

By Britin Haller Is there any literary character portrayed more than Ebenezer Scrooge? There are, but not many. The miserly grinch has been interpreted over many decades in myriad incarnatio…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 12:32AM
Tuesday, December 5, 2023

A Christmas Carol at The Maltz Jupiter Theatre by Bill Hirschman

By Britin Haller The Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s rendition of A Christmas Carol will make audiences forget previous incarnations of this holiday classic. Forget about your favorite TV or film …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 09:18PM
Saturday, December 2, 2023

La Gringa presented by City Theatre at Arsht Center by Bill Hirschman

  By Raquel V. Reyes City Theatre brings the long-running Off-Broadway hit La Gringa to the studio stage at Adrienne Arsht Center. Carmen Rivera’s immersive bilingual full-length play dir…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 05:24PM
Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The Berlin Diaries at Theatre Lab a master class by Bill Hirschman

By Oline H. Cogdill Families are complicated, comprised of people who may have little in common but bloodlines, sometimes weighted down by secrets, lies, myths. Add to that mix a horrific ev…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 12:06PM
Tuesday, November 21, 2023

The Thanksgiving Play at GableStage by Bill Hirschman

By Oline H. Cogdill Years ago, one of my sisters-in-law said that Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday because it was not connected to any religion and had no political nor controversy conn…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:18PM
Saturday, November 18, 2023

Wide Array Honored at 46th ‘Theater Prom’ Carbonells by Bill Hirschman

By Bill Hirschman Outstanding work in the South Florida theater season was recognized this week at the 46th annual Carbonell Awards, but a highlight of the evening was the presentation of th…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 04:24PM
Sunday, November 12, 2023

Sweet Goats & Blueberry Señoritas a Tasty Debut at Actors Playhouse by Bill Hirschman

By Raquel V. Reyes Richard Blanco’s and Vanessa Garcias’ Sweet Goats & Blueberry Señoritas is steeped in Cubanisms that will delight Miami audiences. The 90-minute play runs through…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 04:06PM

All that Chat

2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards