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Saturday, February 17, 2018

“Wicked” Is Still Wickedly Entertaining At Broward Center by Bill Hirschman

The highly entertaining production of Wicked isn’t just defying gravity—it’s defying expectations. It’s easy for long-time theatergoers to become a bit jaded about seeing the umpteen…

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Theaters Rolling Out The Titles For 2018-2019 Season, Part 1 by Bill Hirschman

If it’s February, then theater companies are taking advantage of the visiting snowbirds presence to announce what they hope will be an enticing slate of titles for the 2018-19 season.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

“Disaster!” Is Anything But by Bill Hirschman

If you are a Boomer (and be warned, maybe only if you’re a Boomer or their progeny), Slow Burn Theatre Company’s hilarious spoof Disaster! will be in contention for one of the silliest, …

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Life Lessons From Lombardi At Vero’s Riverside Theatre by Bill Hirschman

At the risk of sounding sexist... Riverside Theatre has opened a handsome production of a play that could turn husbands into theater patrons. It’s Lombardi, a long one-act about famed Gre…

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FAU Theatre Lab Reels Out Meta-Meta-Meta Revolutionists by Bill Hirschman

Theatre Lab’s production of Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists resembles a blindingly scintillating gem-like puzzle with an infinite number of moving parts that twist in on itself ove…

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Maltz’s An Inspector Calls Demands Mutual Responsibility by Bill Hirschman

Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s An Inspector Calls focuses with laser intent on what the evolving socialist J.B. Priestley saw as its thematic marrow -- all individuals have an inescapable respons…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Something In The Way They Sing: Rousing Beatles’ Imagine by Bill Hirschman

Aside from hearing a cast whose parents might have been in swaddling clothes when these songs were on the radio, it’s impossible to ignore that Broward Stage Door's Imagine -- A Beatles Ce…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Main Street Stages Furiously Funny Hollywood Satire by Bill Hirschman

You might want to don protective gear before seeing Clark Gable Slept Here, a pitch-black comedy by multi award-winning, versatile Miami-area playwright Michael McKeever. Folks won’t find …

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

City Theatre To Send Its Work (And Local Actors) Around The World With ‘Shorts On Ships’ by Bill Hirschman

In a move that will spread the brand of Miami-based City Theatre around the world, the company begins this month producing collections of its short plays on Azamara Club Cruises luxury ships…

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Monday, February 5, 2018

GableStage’s If I Forget: Powerful Tale of Family Strife Over Cultural History by Bill Hirschman

Raging family dysfunction played against an equally volatile backdrop of social upheaval makes for two seemingly separate but brilliantly acted and directed plays united in GableStage’s pr…

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Outre’s Reservoir Dolls Is Intriguing Idea That Stumbles by Bill Hirschman

You can’t really blame the playwright Erika Soerenson or artistic directors for thinking that a distaff reinterpretation of the Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs might make an intrigui…

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

On Golden Pond Is Pleasant Charmer At Dramaworks by Bill Hirschman

Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of On Golden Pond is a pleasing charmer suffused with warmth and aided immeasurably by a skilled cast and director. It’s well worth an evening’s diver…

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Broward Stage Door To Leave Margate For New Lauderhill Performing Arts Center by Bill Hirschman

Broward Stage Door, which has weathered a dozen fiscal and artistic highs and lows, will leave the home it established 23 years ago in an abandoned Margate movie house, and move this summer …

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Difference In Dramaworks’ ‘On Golden Pond’ Will Be Obvious by Bill Hirschman

Audiences sitting down this weekend to see Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of the venerable play On Golden Pond will get a visual shock. It’s intentional, but not quite as originally p…

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Wrestling And Racism Intersect In All Too Timely Chad Diety by Bill Hirschman

The co-production of Miami New Drama and the Asolo Repertory Theatre Company resonates so deafeningly with the current zeitgeist that it seemed to have been written last month. This mercile…

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Not Your Grandma’s Salome Cuts To The Quick At Fla Grand Opera by Bill Hirschman

Someone asked opening night whether Florida Grand Opera’s Salome was anything like early productions when its psycho-sexuality caused it to be banned in a few countries. Well, it’s doubt…

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Communion Exists In More Than One Sense At Primal Forces by Bill Hirschman

Spurred by mortality, human beings struggling to repair connections as conduits toward understanding their lives form the crux of Primal Force’s intimate exploration of relationships in th…

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Ride Is Worth The Journey At Miami’s Area Stage Company by Bill Hirschman

Playwright Eric Lane gives little to no direction for the setting in his play Ride. Had you not known this and watched the imaginatively drawn setting by Giancarlo Rodaz, who not only direc…

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Sassy Mamas At M Ensemble Seductive, Lightweight Fun by Bill Hirschman

Meet the Ladies of Sassy Mamas, some of Washington, D.C.'s finest women who are going through a mid-life crisis of sorts. They've turned the tables on older men, a given that all is right wi…

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Hamilton, Evan Hansen Headline ’18-19 Tour Season In Broward by Bill Hirschman

Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen – two of the most critically acclaimed and fantastically popular musicals of the past decade – headline the 2018-2019 Broadway Across America season slated …

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Riverside Resurrects Drood In A New Slimmed Down Format by Bill Hirschman

Riverside Theatre’s Waxlax stage turns into a high-spirited Victorian musical hall with its robust and meticulous production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Playhouse’s Noises Off Is Inherently Funny, But Uneven by Bill Hirschman

Noises Off is one of the funniest farces written in the English language and a solid match for Actors Playouse talents. The laughs are plentiful, but this production didn’t wring everythin…

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Monday, January 22, 2018

The Bridges Of Madison County Gloriously Soars To The Heights by Bill Hirschman

Slow Burn Theatre Company’s production of The Bridges of Madison County is what critics save up our credibility for – so that when a work of art is this effective, this moving, this capt…

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Tragedy And The Law As Circus Acts In Zoetic’s Wrongful Death by Bill Hirschman

They are unlike any trials you have ever seen on Law & Order. Zoetic Stage’s world premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s Wrongful Death And Other Circus Acts is a hilarious but merc…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Get Swept Up In Hairspray At The Maltz Jupiter Theatre by Bill Hirschman

Everything about the Maltz Jupiter Theatre's Hairspray has volume, and then some . . . from the bubblegum-bright lighting design to overdrawn characters that, while definitely animated, neve…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Demos-Brown Is Opening New Play This Week At Zoetic, But The Big News Is Broadway by Bill Hirschman

Christopher Demos-Brown has a world premiere Friday of Wrongful Death And Other Circus Acts at Zoetic Stage, but his play American Son is slated to open on Broadway in November.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

The Wick Theatre’s Singin’ in the Rain Has a Familiar Patter by Bill Hirschman

The Wick’s Singin’ in the Rain, for all of its talent and technical achievements and good cheer, offers too few reasons to experience the stage version of the definitive MGM movie musica…

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Island City Stage’s Musical Hoot Zanna, Don’t! Is Zanna Do by Bill Hirschman

Island City Stage’s highly entertaining production of the musical Zanna, Don’t! will never be confused with a show by Stephen Sondheim, though there are numerous references to the famed …

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder And Laughter by Bill Hirschman

We could tell you that A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder is a satire of the artificiality of the class system and an affectionate lampoon of British theater genres such as the musi…

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

African Americans Score Strongly In 2017 Carbonell Award Nominations by Bill Hirschman

South Florida has long been home to minority-dominated theater companies as well as productions in which race was a central theme. But the Carbonell Award nominations for 2017 released this …

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Full List of 2017 Carbonell Award Nominations by Bill Hirschman

2017 nominations for the 42nd annual Carbonell Awards

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