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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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Just Try To Resist Mamma Mia At Riverside In Vero. Good Luck. by Bill Hirschman

Riverside Theatre throws the gauntlet at your feet with its professional production of Mamma Mia! So relent. Pick it up and have a ball at this bouncy juke box musical. This Mamma Mia! is si…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Queen Of Basel Reimagines Miss Julie in Modern South Beach by Bill Hirschman

Amid the rise of the #metoo movement, the surprise in the new play Queen of Basel, subtitled “Or an unapologetic response to Strindberg’s Miss Julie,” is just how closely this modern-d…

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

The Joy And Pain Of Discovery Make Zoetic’s Fun Home Soar by Bill Hirschman

The stirring musical Fun Home is a detective story in which the mystery is never solved, but the investigator comes to terms with the existence of the enigma. What Zoetic Stage’s triumphan…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Importance Of Dreams: Waitress On Tour’s Poignancy by Bill Hirschman

This Broadway Across America production of Waitress at the Broward Center about the complexities and emotional truth of how dreams do and should form the backbone of life.arguably is even br…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Be Here Now Is Engrossing Experience, Skillfully Staged, Acted By Theatre Lab by Bill Hirschman

Life is all about attitude and how you perceive what you encounter, whether it be a stack of garbage or a deadly disease, in Be Here Now, Deborah Zoe Laufer’s life-affirming, funny and tou…

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Time Step Taps With Originality At Broward Stage Door by Bill Hirschman

Time Step, the creative and original dance-centric revue at Broward Stage Door Theatre is a time travel tribute to tap dancing in all of its many guises.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Not Just Another Day At The Office: GableStage’s Caustic, Whipsmart Dramedy “Gloria” by Bill Hirschman

At some workplaces, employees indulge in healthy rivalry, support each other professionally and personally and, sometimes, forge deep friendships that last long after the job has ended. That…

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New City Players’ Uneven, Occasionally Brilliant Clybourne Park is Not Black & White by Bill Hirschman

Produced competently, with flashes of brilliance, by New City Players at the Vanguard, Clybourne Park’s expose of the evolving presentation of white privilege over generations has lost som…

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Intriguing Script Needs A Lot More Work In Island City’s The Radicalization Of Rolfe by Bill Hirschman

The world premiere The Radicalization of Rolfe at Island City Stage implies a truly intriguing nesting of premises: starting with how Rolfe, the sweet messenger boy romancing Liesl in The So…

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Parkland Students ‘Shine’ In Highlight Of Carbonell Awards by Bill Hirschman

An emotion-choked audience leapt to their feet during Monday’s 42nd annual Carbonell Awards ceremony, but it had nothing to do with the recognition of excellence in South Florida theater. …

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Complete List Of Carbonell Awards 2017 And Statistics by Bill Hirschman

The complete list of Carbonell Award winners, nominees and breakdown by theater and county for the 2017 performance year.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Wit And Wisdom, Life And Death Spar in Dramaworks’ Premiere of Edgar (Poe) & Emily (Dickinson) by Bill Hirschman

Edgar & Emily, the premiere at Palm Beach Dramaworks, is a fascinating and funny fantasia about the dead Edgar Allan Poe visiting Emily Dickinson late one night dragging his coffin behi…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

So, The Dead Edgar Allen Poe Drops Into Teenager Emily Dickinson’s Bedroom…. by Bill Hirschman

Emily Dickinson is huddling in her bed when Edgar Allen Poe barges into her bedroom pulling his coffin behind him. This is even stranger than it sounds since Poe is believed to have died abo…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Hello, Gorgeous: Buyer & Cellar At Riverside Is A Solid Sale by Bill Hirschman

In Buyer & Cellar, struggling actor Alex More becomes an unlikely cast – from his boyfriend and a supercilious boss to celebrated Hollywood couple James Brolin and his wife, Barbra. I…

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Friendship, Revelation, Determination Are Hallmarks of The Ladies Foursome by Bill Hirschman

The Pigs Do Fly company, dedicated to work by and for people over 50 years old, examines women's issues during a day on the golf course in the full-length play The Ladies Foursome.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Rockin’ Memphis Has The Rhythm and The Blues by Bill Hirschman

Tight choreography, outstanding leads, a solid supporting cast and a fluid band infuse Slow Burn Theatre’s trip to Memphis. The rousing production hits the ground running in the opening sc…

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Comedian, Rock Star, Memoirist—Mike Westrich’s Dazzling Hedwig Is All Three by Bill Hirschman

It's fun -- and in the two hours of Outre Theatre Company's transportive production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, even somehow plausible—to believe that Mike Westrich always has been Hedw…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Stunning Sound From The Stage In FGO’s Orfeo ed Euridice by Bill Hirschman

The sound coming from the Arsht Center stage is almost unearthly and totally unexpected unless you’ve seen the opera Orfeo ed Euridice or heard the unique sound of a counter-tenor before. …

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Riverside’s Gypsy Offers Everything Fans Want by Bill Hirschman

Riverside Theatre gathers its significant resources and sure-footed confidence to mount one of the greatest American musicals ever, Gypsy. Indeed, this is a big, brawny show steeped in legen…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

More Than One Kind of Miracle: The Wick’s Lovely Brigadoon by Bill Hirschman

Graced with a soaring pulsing score, leading actors with passionate voices and a wealth of evocative choreography, the Wick Theatre’s Brigadoon lands as one of the company’s most memorab…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Dancing Lessons Teaches More About Life Than Fancy Steps by Bill Hirschman

Dancing Lessons is punctuated with interpersonal strife, frustration, heartache and some very funny moments. But mostly Zoetic Stage’s production is a warm quiet sustained smile for a warm…

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Unabashedly Romantic South Pacific Sets Sail At The Maltz by Bill Hirschman

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s nearly flawless production with a gloriously delivered score and nuanced script is a reminder that South Pacific is a contender as one of the most affecting and…

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ Is… Well, You Can Get It If You Try by Bill Hirschman

Often critics start their reviews with some analysis of the life lessons that a theatrical work contains. Not this time. The deep inner meaning of Broward Stage Door’s peppy perky producti…

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Raucous ‘Women In Assembly’ Reflects An Unique Vision by Bill Hirschman

Thinking Cap’s world premiere, Women In Assembly, is a satirical comedy credited to Aristophanes but transmuted into a bawdy irreverent satire about Greek women taking over government and …

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Curtain Call’s Kindertransport Is A Journey To Buried Secrets by Bill Hirschman

Kindertransport from Curtain Call Playhouse only uses the 1939 exodus of Jewish children from Germany as a starting point as it focuses on much more sophisticated questions about assimilatio…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A Voyage To The South Pacific Once Again At The Maltz by Bill Hirschman

It’s likely that people involved with the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s upcoming production of South Pacific know that cynics will question why mount yet one more production of this classic. B…

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Kidnapper And Quarry Dance In Infinite Abyss’ The Collector by Bill Hirschman

Poking around dark mentalities syncs with Infinite Abyss Productions’ gleeful affection for works about people on the edges of society. But its run of The Collector, while among its stron…

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