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Friday, June 14, 2024

Shorts weather begins with “Summer Shorts: Flipping the Script” by Bill Hirschman

By Oline Cogdill The calendar dictates the official start of summer—this year it’s June 20—but for avid theater goers the season really kicks off with the first production of City Thea…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 07:02PM
Tuesday, June 11, 2024

It’s the “Best Day Ever” at The SpongeBob Musical with the Slow Burn Theatre Company by Bill Hirschman

By Britin Haller You absolutely don’t have to be a SpongeBob SquarePants fan to appreciate or even fall in love with Nickelodeon’s The SpongeBob Musical from the Slow Burn Theatre Compan…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:12PM
Friday, May 31, 2024

“Diamonds and Rust” with Daniel’s Husband from Ronnie Larsen Presents by Bill Hirschman

By Britin Haller  “What happens when love isn’t enough?” is the question Daniel’s Husband poses to us in the newest production by Ronnie Larsen Presents and the Plays of Wilton. Cur…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 01:24PM
Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Laughs in Spanish at Coral Gables is oh-so Miami by Bill Hirschman

By Raquel V. Reyes Laughs in Spanish is like a Friday night in Wynwood without the next day’s hangover. The one-act play by Alexis Scheer, Laughs in Spanish is making its Florida premiere …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:24AM
Monday, May 27, 2024

Trying Closes Palm Beach Dramaworks Season by Bill Hirschman

  By Jan Sjostrom Heavy footsteps sound off-stage in the opening scene of Trying running through June 9 Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach. The steps precede the entrance of Francis B…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 09:32PM
Saturday, May 25, 2024

  A Rock Sails By lands at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre by Bill Hirschman

By Raquel V. Reyes A Rock Sails By is a star vehicle for Laura Turnbull, the actor playing the lead role of astrophysicist Dr. Lynn Cummings in the drama running through June 9 at the Actors…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 12:48AM

The 2024 Cappies Awards Celebrate High School Theater   by Bill Hirschman

By Oline H. Cogdill and Cappie Reports We love the Cappies, the wonderful program that celebrates high school theater. And we are proud to continue to publish the Cappie reviews on www.flori…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 12:48AM
Saturday, May 11, 2024

‘The Actors,’ a Plays of Wilton production, makes its Off-Broadway debut by Bill Hirschman

By Oline H. Cogdill NEW YORK CITY—Families start in myriad ways—biological origins, adoptions or forged among friends. Ronnie takes a different route—he hires a family in the witty, po…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:32PM
Saturday, May 4, 2024

Once Again Garcia Scores With Comic Cuban Chicken Soup by Bill Hirschman

Cuban Chicken Soup: When There’s No More Café is a ‘Grand Slam with yuca’ thanks to the sparkling performance of Elena Maria Garcia. The one-woman play at Zoetic Stage is a sequel to …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 07:54PM
Sunday, April 28, 2024

Put Down Roots with Family Tree from Larsen Presents by Bill Hirschman

The symbolism is as thick as smoke in the air in Family Tree by Ronnie Larsen Presents and the Plays of Wilton; this three-person, one-setting, one-act show is a masterpiece in how it’s do…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 09:32PM
Thursday, April 25, 2024

Proof That Florida Students Love Theater: Complete ’23-24 Cappies Nominations by Bill Hirschman

Nominees for the 22nd Cappies Awards recognizes the scores and scores of students in Broward and Palm Beach counties committed to theater as performers, artists and critics -- and their outs…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 03:24PM
Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Pulp is Sexy, Steamy Play With Music About Lesbians In The 50s by Bill Hirschman

Pulp at Island City Stage is a a fulfilling production takes place in 1956. Certainly, it was a time when “people of a certain ilk” mostly kept themselves in the closet for fear of serio…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 06:32AM
Monday, April 22, 2024

America’s Sexiest Couple at Boca Stage is Master Class in Farce by Bill Hirschman

How long has it been since you’ve seen a good old-fashioned farce? Probably way too long. Well, wait no more because the long-time professional theatrical duo of Keith Garsson and Genie Cr…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:06PM

On Your Feet Takes Audience Through Estefans’ Journey by Bill Hirschman

Florida audiences can retrace the groundbreaking success of the state’s celebrity couple in On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, the season’s final show at Riverside The…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 01:12AM
Friday, April 19, 2024

 Nothing But “Words of Love” For Wick’s Buddy Holly Story by Bill Hirschman

The Buddy Holly Story at the Wick Theatre has theatergoers feeling satisfied, after dancing in their seats, and possibly even in the aisles. The post  Nothing But “Words of Love” For Wi…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:02PM
Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Theatre Lab Premieres Edgy, Fun What’s Best for the Children by Bill Hirschman

Theatre Lab bravely chooses to dedicate itself to presenting new plays to South Florida audiences.  Inherent in such a bold mission is the chance of an occasional misfire.  Happily, this …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 03:42PM
Saturday, April 13, 2024

Feature: MND Explores ‘Dangerous Days’ & Aftermath Of Arthur McDuffie’s Death by Bill Hirschman

A preview look at Dangerous Days, a play at Miami New Drama about the 1980s tumult following the acquittal of four officers by an all-white male jury for the beating of Arthur McDuffie. The …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 05:06PM
Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Dolly Levi Struts Before The Parade Passes By At LPAC by Bill Hirschman

Mention Dolly Levi and most people visualize Broadway legend Carol Channing who originated the icon or Barbra Streisand who brought the role to life in the film. Avid theatergoers may recall…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:32PM
Saturday, April 6, 2024

Behind the Scenes: Dramaworks’ Death of a Salesman by Bill Hirschman

Palm Beach Dramaworks is embracing the seemingly contradictory challenges of instilling new vigor, imagination and freshness without violating an experienced audience’s recollections of p…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 03:02PM
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Actor’s Playhouse presents affecting rendition of Caroline, or Change by Bill Hirschman

  By Mariah Reed Winner of six Tony Award nominations, Caroline, or Change was created by Tony Kushner, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his play Angels in America, and Jeanine Tesori, recip…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 04:02PM
Monday, April 1, 2024

Death of a Salesman at Palm Beach Dramaworks by Bill Hirschman

  By Oline H. Cogdill Death of a Salesman with its themes of capitalism, a crushed American Dream, and misplaced priorities is inarguably the quintessential American play. This perfect play…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:54PM
Sunday, March 31, 2024

‘Yankee Tavern’ at Riverside Theatre by Bill Hirschman

By Pam Harbaugh You’ll go on a ride so far down into the rabbit hole of conspiracy theory that you won’t be able to find your way back in Riverside Theatre’s production of Yankee Taver…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 12:12PM
Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Everyone, come to Slow Burn’s The Prom by Bill Hirschman

By Oline H.  Cogdill The Prom is for everyone — straight couples, same-sex couples, those attending in a group, those attending solo or with just a friend or two are all welcomed — as S…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:48AM
Tuesday, March 26, 2024

The Taming of the Shrew at Thinking Cap Theatre by Bill Hirschman

By Jan Sjostrom Is William Shakespeare’s bawdy comedy The Taming of the Shrew misogynistic or is it a forward-looking romp powered by strong women? That’s a question Thinking Cap Theatr…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 08:48AM
Friday, March 22, 2024

Lehman Trilogy Is Staggering Epic Tale of Family & Capitalism by Bill Hirschman

The Lehman Trilogy, now enjoying a forceful production at GableStage, combines a solid story about generations of a family seen through the immigrant experience with a precise look at the Am…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 05:32PM
Thursday, March 21, 2024

“Shuffle Off to Buffalo” with 42nd Street at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre by Bill Hirschman

By Britin Haller Behind every successful theatrical production are the people who help the stars shine, and given how crowded with controlled chaos the 42nd Street stage is, the backstage du…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 12:12AM
Monday, March 18, 2024

Zoetic’s Cabaret a game changer by Bill Hirschman

  By Oline Cogdill When the John Kander/Fred Ebb musical Cabaret opened on Broadway in 1966, it was a gamechanger in its staging, tone and story. Certainly, other musicals tackled politics …

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 06:36PM
Friday, March 15, 2024

Take Ride of Beloved Musical, Dark Themes on Wick’s Carousel by Bill Hirschman

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is inarguably a beloved masterpiece musical at the Wick, but if it has been a while since you’ve seen this musical, don’t expect just a happy circus…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 07:18PM
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Laughs and Chills Compete in PPTOPA’s Solid Deathtrap by Bill Hirschman

In Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts’ fine Deathtrap, suspense, conflict, and comedy merge irresistibly in Ira Levin’s Tony Award-winning play, -- one of the longest-running…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 10:48PM
Tuesday, March 12, 2024

New City Players’ 1000 Miles a journey of the immigrant experience by Bill Hirschman

  By Oline H. Cogdill The immigrant experience with its promises for a new start wrapped in the frightening reality of the suspicion of strangers, the fear of the unknown and the loss of wh…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 11:54PM
Monday, March 11, 2024

“Tickle Your Funny Bone” with The Affections of May At Pigs Do Fly by Bill Hirschman

The Affections of May playing this month by Pigs Do Fly Productions is a wonderful evening out of the house. You’ll laugh, you’ll laugh some more, and if you’re a sentimental sort, you…

SOURCE: Florida Theater On Stage at 09:54PM

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards