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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Dramaworks Explores Enduring Relevance of a Plains Populist by Bill Hirschman

Woody Guthrie’s American Song is most decidedly a people’s musical, at least in its vivifying production at Palm Beach Dramaworks is more of a communal hoedown with Guthrie’s music as …

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Big D Is Touching, Rowdy World-Premiere At The Abyss by Bill Hirschman

For all the raunchy scenes in Michael Mizerany’s new play The Big D, the message at the weepy comedy-drama’s heart is serious and sincere. Sure, the characters engage in hard-core, unaba…

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Friday, June 29, 2018

StageBill Blog: Shows I Wish Someone Would Produce Here — And Some Casting Ideas by Bill Hirschman

In looking over my huge collection of play scripts, I kept coming across shows I either have seen and am anxious to see undertaken by a local company, or titles I’ve read but never seen …

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Slow Burn’s Rock Of Ages Isn’t Your Grandma’s Musical by Bill Hirschman

If there's any way to get folks to the theater who don't usually go, Slow Burn's Rock of Ages can do it. Director/choreographer Patrick Fitzwater knows exactly how to squeeze every inch of c…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

New City Players Paint Perfect Work Of ‘Art’ At Vanguard by Bill Hirschman

In the lovely confines of The Vanguard, Yasmin Reza's modern classic Art comes to life in New City Players' finely curated production.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Grief, Coping Commingle With Comedic Culture Clash In McKeever’s Elegant Mr. Parker by Bill Hirschman

When did yesterday’s renegades, who skirted AIDS and lived boheme on a ramen noodle diet in the go-go eighties, become today’s get-off-my-lawners? These questions, and plenty more, linge…

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Pink Unicorn Puts Complex Human Face On Identity Politics by Bill Hirschman

Laura Turnbull in the solo show The Pink Unicorn from Primal Forces places us in the headspace of a widowed mother in a small—and small-minded—Texas suburb who transforms into an unwit…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

M Ensemble’s Seven Guitars Is Virtually Music As Theater by Bill Hirschman

In the current production of The M Ensemble Company, August Wilson’s legendary Seven Guitars almost plays like a musical or a folk opera akin to Porgy and Bess or Floyd Collins.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Lightning Bolt’s Into The Woods Gives Modern Resonance by Bill Hirschman

Into the Woods’ disturbing second act occurs in a boy’s nightmare in Lightning Bolt Production’s riveting, pulse-quickening production at the West Boca Performing Arts Center. Director…

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

GableStage’s “I’m Gonna Pray For You” Scorches The Stage by Bill Hirschman

Human beings’ desperate need for affirmation of their self-worth from some source outside themselves – whether it’s from a parent or strangers’ judgments – drives GableStage’s sc…

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Demos-Brown’s Bway Debut Gets Date, Theater and Cast Including Kerry Washington by Bill Hirschman

The intensifying Black Lives Matter conversation will be fueled on Broadway this fall in the unique vision of Christopher Demos-Brown, one of Florida’s most esteemed theater professionals,…

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Miami’s Shorts Is Once Again A Welcome Summer Cooler by Bill Hirschman

They make it look so easy. The 23rd annual City Theatre Summer Shorts crew slip seamlessly from broad comedy with a hint of a moral to bittersweet drama with a soupcon of dry wit…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Women’s Journey Is Familiar in Stage Door’s From Door to Door by Bill Hirschman

From Door to Door, a bittersweet comedy retracing the evolution of Jewish-American womanhood through 65 years of the 20th Century, is a procession of clichés spread over 80 minutes. But if …

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Lots of News: Summer Fest, Charlie Cinnamon, Dramaworks, GableStage, MNM, Stage Door, Spotlight On the Arts & More by Bill Hirschman

Tons of news about South Florida Theatre League, MNM Theatre Company, GableStage, Palm Beach Dramworks, Spotlight on the Arts, Earl Maulding, Actors Playhouse, Broward Stage Door, Lightning …

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

MNM Theatre Co. Hosts A Welcome Return to Avenue Q by Bill Hirschman

MNM Theatre ’s Avenue Q, the musical comedy with foul-mouthed and copulating puppets, has never been as clearly about education as now. It’s the curriculum about coping with disappointme…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Winners of 16th Annual Cappies Awards Presented This Week by Bill Hirschman

The crush of more than a thousand cheering students, their parents and friends overflowed the orchestra seating and the boxes of the Broward Center’s cavernous Au-Rene Theater at the Browa…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Imagination Substitutes For Big Budget In Delightful Shrek by Bill Hirschman

Director Giancarlo Rodaz made a virtue out of a tiny budget by substituting imagination for cash plus a joyful embrace of theatrical artifice in his production of Shrek the Musical at Area S…

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Thinking Cap’s Emperor of the Moon Is Delightful Lune-acy by Bill Hirschman

With a cast of unfettered and inspired clowns, Thinking Cap Theatre has produced a hilarious edition of a 1687 comedy by Aphra Benn, The Emperor of the Moon, lathering almost every second of…

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Stunning Excoriating Equus Gallops Across Dramaworks by Bill Hirschman

Mere hours before the opening night of Equus at Palm Beach Dramaworks – a drama prompted by the true story of a troubled teen who blinded five horses – another troubled teen murdered 10 …

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Nothing Average About Measure For Measure’s Next To Normal by Bill Hirschman

A new theater debuting by choosing a complex musical about mental illness, and in the small confines of the 50 or so seat theater? Now that takes confidence. And confident the professional, …

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Dramaworks Hopes 45-Year-Old Equus Remains Raw, Relevant by Bill Hirschman

Raw. The same carefully chosen adjective emerges in separate interviews with the two leading actors and their director to describe Equus, the shattering drama they are rehearsing for an open…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Victor/Victoria Is Two Times The Fun With Emphasis On Antics by Bill Hirschman

There's more than a bit of Noel Coward running through Broward Stage Door Theatre's Victor/Victoria. It's what makes this production tick, a true understanding, and might we say, appreciatio…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Million Dollar Quartet’s Reprise At Actors’ Rocks Once Again by Bill Hirschman

So…what do Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis have in store for an encore in Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre’s much-anticipated return engagement of …

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Monday, May 14, 2018

New Measure For Measure Troupe Prevails Over Irma by Bill Hirschman

Daimien J. Matherson and his new South Florida theater company Measure for Measure are finally about to put an undesired nickname -- and Hurricane Irma -- behind them Almost exactly eight mo…

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Success Of Primal Forces’ New ‘An Accident’ Is No Accident by Bill Hirschman

The prickly problematic mutual attempts to heal physically and emotionally by an auto accident victim and the offending driver make an intriguing and rewarding drama at Primal Forces' An Acc…

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

FGO’s Gloriously Romantic Florencia en el Amazonas (Plus A Little Bit Of Magical Realism) by Bill Hirschman

Even more unflinchingly romantic than those starving Bohemians in the garret or those Egyptians being buried alive, the unalloyed passion coursing through Daniel Catan's Florencia en el Amaz…

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Complete Cappies Nominations Released, Gala Set For May 22 by Bill Hirschman

Those who doubt that young people are no longer interested in theater should watch the hundreds and hundreds of teenagers producing a tsunami of enthusiastic cheering and celebrating they ge…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Wick Continues Love Of Herman With Re-Imagined ‘Jerry’s Girls’ by Bill Hirschman

This familiar musical revue of Broadway legend Jerry Herman's hits and misses, Jerry's Girls, has been reimagined for the Wick theatre by Herman's buddy Lee Roy Reams and performed by a com…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Second Round Of 2018-19 Titles Released For SoFla Theaters by Bill Hirschman

A second round of South Florida theater season announcements have coincided with the withdrawal of snowbirds, but if this year’s busy slate is any indication, the 2018-2019 season will bar…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

MSP’s This Random World A Challenging Study In Character by Bill Hirschman

Main Street Players challenges itself and its audiences in This Random World, this 90-minute think piece that will make you question some of your own connections to the people in your life. …

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Preach: Praise For Return Of M Ensemble’s God’s Trombones by Bill Hirschman

For those assigned to commit James Weldon Johnson's narratives to memory in their younger days, M Ensemble’s God’s Trombones will wrap them in warm nostalgia. For others, M Ensemble skil…

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