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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Report From New York: New Daniel’s Husband Gets New Vibe by Bill Hirschman

When a script is as strong as Michael McKeever’s Carbonell-winning Daniel’s Husband and begins to develop legs beyond its local premiere, one pleasure seeing it produced elsewhere is not…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Report From New York: A Terrifying Portrait Of Dementia In The Waverly Gallery by Bill Hirschman

If you are or have been the caregiver to a senior suffering with dementia, delusions and/or Alzheimer’s disease, the revival of The Waverly Gallery is a pain-riven reminder of the mutual a…

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Buyer & Cellar: The Price Of Celebrity And Celebrity Worship by Bill Hirschman

Jonathan Tolins’ satirical Buyer & Cellar provides a steady supply of giggles and guffaws in this tale about an actor hired by Barbra Streisand to staff in shops that she built in the…

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Pull The Wig Down Off The Shelf With Slow Burn’s Hedwig by Bill Hirschman

Slow Burn Theatre hembraces this glam/grunge rock musical headlined by a protagonist who suffered a botched sex-change operation. It’s an in-your-face raunchy celebration of alternative …

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Friday, November 9, 2018

The Report From New York : King Kong’s Beast Is Amazing; The Musical Not So Amazing by Bill Hirschman

“Amazing” is a word you don’t read in too many theater reviews. So keeping in mind that it’s well-considered use here requires a lot of contextual “yets” and “buts,” King Kon…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thinking Cap’s King Lear Is A Study In Imagination by Bill Hirschman

Peter Wayne Galman in Thinking Cap Theatre's production is a likeable Lear. He's also narcissistic, ego-centric, driven, demanding, confused, playful and timeless. It helps that Galman deli…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

FGO’s Authentic La bohème; Results Are Perfect Puccini by Bill Hirschman

Florida Grand Opera's presentation of La bohème is authentically true to Puccini's original right down to the pink bonnet. Besides an impressive visual production, this would still stand be…

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American Son Is Powerful Meld of Racial Strife And Parenting by Bill Hirschman

The pre-opening publicity of Christopher Demos-Brown’s racially-charged play on Broadway, American Son, has focused on its inescapable resonance with the tumultuous zeitgeist – a virtue …

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Maltz’s Steel Magnolias Wilts by Bill Hirschman

The perennial tear-jerking Steel Magnolias, now at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre ought to work, but doesn't succeed this time.. But those objectivity. Those seeking theater that provokes or stim…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

More Than One Way To Combat Racism In “One Night In Miami” by Bill Hirschman

The insightful examination in the play One Night in Miami from Miami New Drama depicts four different approaches used by African-American icons -- Malcolm X, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and the ch…

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Friday, November 2, 2018

2017-18 Silver Palms Recipients Announced, Gala in December by Bill Hirschman

Thirty individuals and organizations will receive the South Florida Silver Palm Theatre Awards this December, founded eleven years ago to honor theatrical excellence, the organization announ…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A Floridian On Broadway: Demos-Brown And American Son by Bill Hirschman

Maybe it’s walking under a Times Square marquee with his name emblazoned overhead. Maybe it’s seeing a title memorialized on that distinctive Playbill cover. Maybe it’s being asked for…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Tennessee’s Stories Sing In Nightingale But Script Rambles by Bill Hirschman

Confessions of a Nightingale spends time listening to Tennessee Williams escorts visitors through a rambling tour of his life. Actor Christopher Dreeson and director Jeffrey Bruce have worke…

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Riverside’s Smokey Joe’s Cafe – A Magical Night of Music by Bill Hirschman

There’s a party going on at the Riverside Theatre where the jukebox is smokin’! The nostalgic revue Smokey Joe’s Cafe celebrates the music of Leiber and Stoller, whose tunes influenced…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

The Wick’s Pirates Is The Very Model Of A Modern G&S by Bill Hirschman

This may seem a backhanded compliment, but it is meant with awe : The most memorable aspect of The Wick Theatre’s The Pirates of Penzance is you can understand the bloody words. The produc…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Freaky Friday Is Fun For Kids, But Resonating For Adults by Bill Hirschman

Put aside your expectations that the musical Freaky Friday is going to be yet another manipulative Disney raid on its popular film titles, designed primarily for those who fondly recall one …

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Premiere Of Havana Music Hall Conjures The Spirit Of Cuban Musicians Of 1958 And Now by Bill Hirschman

From the trumpet blast opening the world premiere Havana Music Hall at Actors’ Playhouse, the stage explodes with color and light and dancing and singing and, above all, that pulsing music…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Irreconcilable Viewpoints Clash In Outre’s The Christians by Bill Hirschman

All too apropos for our bitterly divided time, Outré Theatre Company’s intellectually stimulating production of Lucas Hnath’s The Christians asks what happens when two sincerely held bu…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Indecent Exemplifies What Theater Can Be & Why We Go by Bill Hirschman

Palm Beach Dramaworks’ Indecent is precisely the kind of thrilling evening that glories in what theater can be – a unique art form that cannot be matched by anything on film, anything ha…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Vogel Encourages Dramaworks To Use Indecent Script As Blueprint Not Straightjacket by Bill Hirschman

Paula Vogel welcomes, even celebrates how imaginative directors and committed casts use her work as a starting blueprint for their own explorations. o she is pleased that this week the team …

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Glad To Be Conned By Stage Door’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Bill Hirschman

It’s a genuine compliment when a critic doesn’t particularly look forward to a show based on past productions and recordings – and then reassesses his antipathy based on seeing a fresh…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

GableStage’s Admissions Asks Liberals What Happens When It’s Your Own Ox Being Gored? by Bill Hirschman

GableStage’s Admissions is one of the more uncomfortable evenings of theater that avowed liberals and proud progressives will sit through any time soon. It holds up an unsparing mirror tha…

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Dracula’s Prey At Zoetic: No Helpless Fainting Victims Here by Bill Hirschman

In Zoetic Stage’s premiere Dracula, the vampire is a sexist pig (as are several men in the play). The protagonists are strong-willed proto-feminists. Together, they embody a society strugg…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Havana Music Hall: The Story Of Those Who Stayed Behind by Bill Hirschman

It would be intriguing and accurate, but misleading to say that Havana Music Hall, the hopeful Broadway musical about Cuban artists before and after the Revolution, is the brainchild of 72-y…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Saying Goodbye To Iris Acker by Bill Hirschman

The memorial celebration of Iris Acker will be held Monday at The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the celebration starting at 7 p.m. Playwright, producer and …

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

In-Depth: State Cuts Will Affect What You See On Stage; Theaters Pledge To Fight Back by Bill Hirschman

Some South Florida theaters are scrapping some of what they plan to put on stage this season or next. Some are leaving support positions unfilled. Some plan smaller cast shows. Some have sid…

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Lightning Bolt Returns Again To Little Shop & Audrey II Too by Bill Hirschman

Lightning Bolt Productions,' Little Shop of Horrors delivers yet another merry recreation of one of the most amusing small musicals in the canon: an intentionally silly, unapologetically uns…

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Colored Museum’s Incisive Satire Could Not Be Better Timed by Bill Hirschman

A thrilling cast and an impossibly talented young director from the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center mine all the raucous mirth and underlying blues in George C. Wolfe’s stinging soci…

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

MNM Recalls The Music In My Way, A Tribute To Frank Sinatra by Bill Hirschman

Instead of attempting the impossible task for imitating Ol' Blue Eyes, MNM Theatre Company's My Way, A Tribute to Frank Sinatra, is a solid, polished, thoroughly entertaining stroll through…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

New Plays At Dramaworks, Danis Stays At FGO, Space Now Wilton Theater Factory by Bill Hirschman

News About Dramaworks' January festival of readings of works in development, Susan Danis stays at Florida Grand Opera, Infinite Abyss and Island City Stage rename their home Wilton Theater F…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Sound Problems Cripple Earnest Measure For Measure’s 35mm by Bill Hirschman

It doesn’t matter how beautifully these performers sing with strength and skill, no matter how tight the bands, no matter how much energy flows , if a musical is primarily a song cycle rel…

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