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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Winter Shorts: Welcome Holiday Warmth Against The Chill by Bill Hirschman

Over 21 years, City Theatre’s ever-expanding enterprises have developed and maintained a brand-level reputation for entertaining theater; its return to cool weather programming with the cu…

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

When The Applause Fades: Dramaworks Gives Teachout Premiere of Billy And Me by Bill Hirschman

Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of the world premiere of Billy and Me, a fictionalization of the real life relationship between playwrights Tennessee Williams and William Inge, is a triu…

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Extra! Extra! ‘Newsies’ At The Maltz Is Newsworthy by Bill Hirschman

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre gives the Disney Broadway musical Newsies something to shout about with its energetic, acrobatic, tap-dancing, choreographic eye-popper of a staging about a group …

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

MNM’s Witty Little Shop of Horrors Is Open For Business by Bill Hirschman

When entering a theater playing a musical you’ve enjoyed numerous times, it’s comforting to open the playbill to find the names of proven talents that reassure that you and the material …

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Complex Bond of William Inge & Tennessee Williams Focus Of Teachout/ Dramaworks Premiere by Bill Hirschman

Some works of art are born in a long gestation period of mulling almost in the unconscious; others leap gloriously to life in an exultant flash that is one of joys of being a creative person…

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Florida Road Trip Weaves From Off-Beat To Poignant In Peter Sagal’s Most Wanted by Bill Hirschman

Most Wanted starts out like one of those wacky only-in-Florida tales, but as Peter Sagal’s world premiere at Theatre Lab, evolves the weirdness gives way to poignancy that eclipses the hum…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Responsibility Examined In McKeever’s New ‘The Camp’ by Bill Hirschman

The Camp, a world premiere drama from the West Boca Theatre Company does not advance the age-old discussion how “good” people can be passively complicit in horrors, but Michael McKeever…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Report From New York: This M. Butterfly Flies A Different Route by Bill Hirschman

In this 21st Century revision of 1988's M. Butterfly, it’s the wrongheadedness of that paternalistic hubris that is taken for granted. This incarnation delves more deeply into the human re…

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

News: Ben Solmor BENefit, Coconut Grove Hearing, Curtains For Andrews Living Arts by Bill Hirschman

News about benefit concert for ailing choreographer Ben Solmor, another public hearing on the Coconut Grove Playhouse set for Thursday, and Andrews Living Arts closes

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Monday, November 27, 2017

She Loves Me Is A Sweet Confection At The Wick by Bill Hirschman

Just in time for the start of the holiday, the Wick Theatre delivers a shiny ornament in the form of the unabashedly romantic musical She Loves Me.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

GableStage’s Visit With Dr. Ruth Westheimer Is Good Company by Bill Hirschman

A genial older woman with a warm smile, a self-deprecating charm and a cute mittel-European accent via Brooklyn greets the audience to her apartment like new neighbors. While packing for a m…

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Florida Grand Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor Is To Die For by Bill Hirschman

Florida Grand Opera promised a season of Divas to Die For, and it couldn't have been more on point in that respect with its 77th season opener, Lucia di Lammermoor. Gaetano Donizetti's bel c…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Dreamgirls Cast Scorches The Paint Off Broward Stage Door by Bill Hirschman

If producers mount the musical Dreamgirls, it’s a given that they have hired as Effie some astounding young diva capable of punching a hole in the back of the auditorium with her melisma. …

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Past Is Prologue For Tommy Tune’s Fundraiser At the Maltz by Bill Hirschman

Tune will headline a one-night-only benefit concert Nov. 18 for the Maltz Jupiter Theatre and its education programs. The theater hired a ten-piece orchestra and re-orchestrated the more mod…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Island City’s Hir: How Do You Move Forward When You No Longer Know Where You Are by Bill Hirschman

In this uncertain world, the ever-changing standards of what life is or even should be make it nearly impossible to chart a path forward when we have less idea what might be ahead than Colu…

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Peter Still Refuses To Grow Up, Thankfully, In Starcatcher by Bill Hirschman

Slow Burn Theatre Company’s rollicking race-down-the-hill production of Peter and the Starcatcher is a joyful hoot packed with more sight gags, puns, pratfalls, wordplay and even a bit of …

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Zoetic Stage Deals Perfect Hand With Parks’ Topdog/Underdog by Bill Hirschman

The cat and mouse game in Zoetic Stage's Topdog/Underdog moves as swiftly and cunningly as the two characters' dexterity in the shell game, which in this case is three-card monte, a street h…

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Love Never Dies: This Phantom Sequel Is More Of A Soap Opera, But Webber’s Music Still Soars by Bill Hirschman

Love Never Dies is a sequel if not the equal to Phantom of the Opera from Broadway Across America at the Broward Center, but Andrew Lloyd Webber’s attempt for lightning to strike twice, wh…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

‘Evita’ Plays To The Masses With Thoughtful Complexity by Bill Hirschman

David Arisco has directed Evita for Actors' Playhouse three times. So, what's different this go 'round? Well, to hear him tell it, the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical, written four deca…

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Maltz’s Born Yesterday Is A Progressive Take On A Classic Didactic 1940s Comedy by Bill Hirschman

Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s season-opening rendition of Born Yesterday can’t pave over the script’s glaring weaknesses, but it amplifies the source material’s progressive strengths. Dire…

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Hank Williams’ Bio Musical Lonesome Highway Is Engaging by Bill Hirschman

From its upbeat tunes to soulful longings, Hank Williams: Lost Highway takes Riverside Theatre audiences on a revealing musical story about one of America’s most important country singers.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Multi-Cultural Our Town Underscores Its Universality by Bill Hirschman

Amazingly, in 2017 with its video games, alt right-antifa strife and uber-sophistication, Our Town is still our town. And no more so than in Miami New Drama’s inventive and often touching …

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Stage Door’s Ticking The Ivories Turns Revue On Tuneful Ear by Bill Hirschman

Right off the bat, Broward Stage Door's Tickling the Ivories shows the artistry of the piano wizards and of the inventiveness of a show that turns the typical musical revue theme on its ear.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

28 Honored With 2016-2017 Silver Palm Theatre Awards by Bill Hirschman

The South Florida Silver Palm Theatre Awards, founded ten years ago to honor theatrical excellence in South Florida, has announced the identities of the 28 individuals and organizations rece…

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Miami New Drama Experiments With A Quite Different Our Town by Bill Hirschman

With genuine uncertainty of how successfully it will play, Miami New Drama artistic director Michel Hausmann keeps calling his unique undertaking “an experiment." He’s mounting Our To…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Slow Burn’s Immersive Tarzan Is High-Flying Welcome To Jungle by Bill Hirschman

Tarzan: The Stage Musical, by regional theater troupe Slow Burn Theatre plays just fine in the smaller, almost 600-seat Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, but, tr…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wick’s Drowsy Chaperone Is A Sterling Send-up of Classic Bway by Bill Hirschman

The Wick Theatre’s marvelous and contemplative rendition pulls off The Drowsy Chaperone with boundless charm and effortless sophistication. The Wick has enjoyed its share of highlights ove…

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Lizzie: The Musical A Sharp Production At Thinking Cap by Bill Hirschman

Lizzie: The Musical, is making its highly entertaining South Florida debut at Thinking Cap Theatre at The Vanguard. Part of that is due to the snappy lyrics. But mostly it’s because of the…

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Little Foxes Explores The Cost Of Greed At Dramaworks by Bill Hirschman

Greed—that timeless vice that steamrolls over everything in its path—is as relevant today as it was in Lillian Hellman’s 1939 drama The Little Foxes, now receiving a sumptuous revival …

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Lost And Adrift In The ‘Hood: The Mighty Gents At AHCAC by Bill Hirschman

The Mighty Gents is a poignant moving tale worthy of a Greek tragedy except that the protagonists are members of a street gang from the mid-1960s, emotionally, economically and sociologicall…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dramaworks’ Honors The Family Verities: Greed, Sex and Murder In Revival Of The Little Foxes by Bill Hirschman

Greed. Sexism. Conscienceless businessmen. Blackmail. Rebellious youth. Women fighting to break the glass ceiling. Women using sex to manipulate men. Bank embezzlement. Even murder. No, not …

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