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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Recreating A Family is Central to Larsen’s Dramedy “The Actors” by Bill Hirschman

Savor an unqualified success with playwright-actor Ronnie Larsen’s The Actors. Copious laughs dominate a seemingly silly sit-com situation, but they recede (though never disappear) as the …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 07:49PM
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Carbonells Name Winners of George Abbot Award and Others by Bill Hirschman

An array of artists and administrators who have helped build South Florida into a nationally-recognized regional theater hub will receive the Carbonell Awards’ highest honors this fall. Am…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:03AM
Monday, September 5, 2022

Bent’s Horrors Go Beyond Homicidal Homophobia; Asks What Would You Do If Targeted by Bill Hirschman

Bent deserves honor for putting recognizable human beings amid Hitler’s decimation of homosexuals during the Holocaust – and re-reminding the public of this horror. But rising above the …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 06:19PM
Saturday, August 27, 2022

Can’t Tell You Why, But Savor ‘Now and Then’ When You Can by Bill Hirschman

I am begging every critic colleague, everyone who has seen Actors’ Playhouse’s Now and Then to NOT give away anything! One of the many pleasures in this drama laced with humor is watchin…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 05:24PM
Friday, August 26, 2022

Diversity Inside Identity Is Central Issue In Fade At GableStage by Bill Hirschman

Fade predictably indicts talent succumbing to ambition, but what's special is how the verbally intense script infuses an insider’s incisive depiction of a diversity within modern Latinx li…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 02:54PM
Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Not So Old as Time: Visionary, Urgent Deconstruction of Beauty and the Beast by Bill Hirschman

Area Stage's Giancarlo Rodaz’s visionary, deeply moving new production is still Beauty and the Beast, but it’s as radical a restaging as John Doyle’s Sweeney Todd. The post Not So Old …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 09:48AM
Monday, August 15, 2022

Coconut Grove Playhouse Project Once Again ‘Full Steam Ahead,’ But Timeline and Ultimate Cost Unknown by Bill Hirschman

Miami-Dade County’s long-aborning plan to resurrect the historic Coconut Grove Playhouse is once again underway at full throttle after navigating a complex maze of legal challenges that en…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 05:24PM
Sunday, August 7, 2022

‘one in two’ is More Updated Report in the War on HIV/AIDS by Bill Hirschman

More current than the classic AIDS plays written three decades ago, Donja R. Love’s 'one in two' examines the challenges of with HIV-positive when talk shows have ads for pills that make t…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 03:54PM
Saturday, July 30, 2022

Playwright-Actor Deray Tells of Real Inner Struggle in Premiere of Educating Asher by Bill Hirschman

Eytan Deray’s courageous world premiere Educating Asher at Empire Stage – courageous not only because it has been drawn from the marrow of his being as playwright, but courageous because…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 04:54PM
Saturday, July 23, 2022

Main Street Players’ Facile Black Sheep a Surreal Struggle by Bill Hirschman

Main Street Players struggles bravely to conquer Lee Blessing's satire on race and privilege in Black Sheep, but stumbles on tonal uncertainty. and fails to reach the script's potential. The…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:33PM
Monday, July 18, 2022

Four Decades On, Evita Still Resounds With Relevance by Bill Hirschman

So when the political player at the center of a 1978 musical is a conscienceless, ambitious, charismatic and manipulative “populist” with a media background, 2022 audiences should be for…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:48PM
Sunday, July 17, 2022

Country Fusion Pioneer Hank Williams’ Rise and Collapse Glow in Playhouse’s Lost Highway by Bill Hirschman

A raft of country classics are interspersed in this clear-eyed yet affectionate bio-musical Hank Williams: Lost Highway at Actors Playhouse tracking the rise and collapse of the music legend…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 01:54PM
Friday, July 15, 2022

84-Year-Old Clown Ruben Rabasa Leads Quirky Comic Ride by Bill Hirschman

In the 84-year-old Ruben Rabasa, a tall skinny but gnome-like looking creature brimming with life and humor, GableStage audiences are treated to a wild and quirky interaction with this winni…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 04:48PM
Monday, July 11, 2022

Immigrants’ Journey Captured in Glorious Song and Story in Miami New Drama’s Papa Cuatro by Bill Hirschman

Rarely has the immigrants’ connection to their past and future been so fully realized in a passionate embrace as in this premiere of Papá Cuatro at Miami New Drama. It is, by turns, alter…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 09:42PM
Friday, July 8, 2022

The Merchant of Venice Reinterpreted Through Lens of Race, Time and Place by Bill Hirschman

Darius Daughtry and Grace Arts Center reimagine The Merchant of Venice in 1940s Fort Lauderdale to examine tensions when when infighting exists within the African American community. The pos…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:33AM
Thursday, July 7, 2022

36th International Hispanic Theatre Festival Opens With Unique Work by Bill Hirschman

The play "Are You There, Bette Davis?" written and directed by Uruguayan Domingo Milesi is a centerpiece of the 36th International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami this month, featuring si…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 02:37PM

A Guitar & Its Culture Is Focal Point for MiND’s ‘Papa Cuatro’ by Bill Hirschman

The cuatro, a small quintessential Venezualan instrument four-string guitar, is the focus of Papá Cuatro, Miami New Drama’s world premiere, opens. The director describes it as “somethin…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 02:37PM
Monday, June 27, 2022

Amid Violence, Gay Sex and Kidnapping, ‘Borrowed’ Dissects Troubled Father-Son Relations by Bill Hirschman

The world premiere in Miami of Borrowed examines with emotion and specificity the lasting tragic damage of father-son and son-father relationships that imploded years earlier. With copious v…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:18AM
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

SoFla Theaters Strive To Entice Patrons Next Season By Designing Intriguing Schedules by Bill Hirschman

The upcoming seasons listed here are as variedas anyone could plan with time-tested bets and works so new that no one knows what to expect. GableStage's Bari Newport spent months juggling a …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:18AM
Friday, June 17, 2022

Carbs Name Scholarship Winners, Dramaworks, Daughtry & Thinking Cap Set Readings by Bill Hirschman

Carbonells name three high school students to receive its Jack Zink Scholarships ; Palm Beach Dramaworks, Darius V. Daughtry and Thinking Cap Theatre kick off play readings on stage and onli…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 07:12PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Slow Burn’s Go-Gos Musical Comedy Perfect for Pride Month by Bill Hirschman

In the charming, big-hearted Broadway musical, Head Over Heels, Slow Burn Theatre Company delivers a visually striking, lively, and credible production. The post Slow Burn’s Go-Gos Musical…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 12:54PM
Monday, June 13, 2022

No Mystery Here: Irma Vep is a Madcap Hoot at Island City by Bill Hirschman

Andy Rogow is the director of Island City Stage’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, but were he a less humble man, he might also take the title of chief illusionist or conjurer. For the production …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 01:48PM
Friday, June 10, 2022

Thinking Cap Returns With Challenging Fornes Classic by Bill Hirschman

Thinking Cap Theatre returns to producing live on stage works that challenge the mind with Maria Irene Fornes' Fefu and her Friends, a densely packed contemplation on feminism, gender stereo…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:03PM
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Immersive ‘The Blues Opera’ Entertains 10 Patrons at a Time by Bill Hirschman

Eric Garcia, musician-storyteller, deliver an one-man autobiographical immersive experience through Juggerknot Theatre Company in his "The Blues Opera" is Miami. The post Immersive ‘The B…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 03:06PM

Summer Shorts Finally Gets to Celebrate 25th Anniversary by Bill Hirschman

Like death and taxes, one of the few truly dependable things in life is that the venerable Summer Shorts from City Theatre is going to be a satisfying mix of light comedy with a few mildly s…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 12:54PM
Monday, June 6, 2022

GableStage’s Magical Thinking Is Unnerving Look at Grieving by Bill Hirschman

As death and grieving surround us, Joan Didion’s play at GableStage, The Year of Magical Thinking, is guaranteed to be uncomfortable, even upsetting. But that should not dissuade you. Her …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 12:37PM
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Carbonells Reschedule a Week for Jan McArt Celebration by Bill Hirschman

BREAKING NEWS: The 45th annual Carbonell Awards gala has been moved a week to Nov. 7 so as not to conflict with a Celebration of Life scheduled to honor the late South Florida theater legend…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 12:12PM
Monday, May 23, 2022

Dramaworks’ Belle of Amherst Celebrates The Glory of Words by Bill Hirschman

Palm Beach Dramaworks' The Belle of Amherst reveal Emily Dickinson not as the reclusive constricted old maid you perceived in American Lit class a, but as a deeply passionate and joy-radiat…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 09:36AM
Sunday, May 22, 2022

Murder on the Orient Express Reimagined as Comic Trip by Bill Hirschman

Do not go to Actors’ Playhouse’s Murder on the Orient Express expecting the grim locked-room mystery at the heart of the films or the novel. This 2017 edition is penned by the playwrigh…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:36AM
Friday, May 20, 2022

Carbonells’ Set ‘Theater Prom’ Date, New Venue, Changes by Bill Hirschman

A sign of recovery in theater, the Carbonell Awards have announced a firm date and location for the live resumption of the annual recognition of excellence in South Florida theater. “Theat…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:24AM
Thursday, May 19, 2022

Vero Beach’s Riverside Reopens With John Denver Bio-Musical by Bill Hirschman

After its January re-opening production of Carousel was cut short by Covid, the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach re-re-opened its season on May 10 with a splendid production of Almost Heaven:…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:24AM

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