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Saturday, March 28, 2020

League Creates Fund To Help Theaters Pay Laid Off Artists by Bill Hirschman

The South Florida Theatre League has started the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund, in light of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected live theater workers. The purpose is to help the…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Open A New Window: SoFla Theaters Reach Out Online by Bill Hirschman

South Florida stages are dormant, but the theaters themselves are not. Already, the community is trying to adapt to the exigencies of the current brave new world by offering imaginative init…

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Monday, March 23, 2020

“I’m Still Here” SoFla Theaters Say, But What Will ‘Here’ Be? by Bill Hirschman

In-depth report: Sets still standing on stages are silent pledges that these productions and theater itself in South Florida will resume – albeit in what many believe will be a different …

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Yes, The Show Does Go On – Online: A List of Websites by Bill Hirschman

Nothing can match the experience of live theater. But when such gatherings can be irresponsible, if not deadly, we need the healing, uplifting and just plain diverting gifts that theater pro…

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Friday, March 20, 2020

One Patron At Arsht’s March 15 Hamilton Reports Later Diagnosis Of COVAD-19 by Bill Hirschman

A patron attending the March 12 performance of Hamilton at the Arsht Center has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. The venue stressed that there have been no other reports connected…

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Full List of Openings/Closings by Bill Hirschman

This list of openings and closings is based on information provided primarily by the theaters and venues. It is accurate as of the time of posting, but patrons planning to attend shows that …

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Coronavirus: Miami New Drama Premiere Postponed; Others Redouble Cleaning Venues by Bill Hirschman

The Coronavirus is causing the postponement of some individual South Florida theater performances, including the eagerly awaited world premiere musical A Wonderful World at Miami New Drama. …

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Impressive ’20-21 Seasons: Bway In FTL, Actors’ Playhouse, Wick Theatre, Lake Worth Playhouse by Bill Hirschman

Titles announced by more South Florida theaters in their 2020-21 seasons including Broadway in Fort Lauderdale: To Kill A Mockingbird starring Richard Thomas, and Hamilton returns; Actors…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Nick Duckart: Life On The Road With Come From Away Tour by Bill Hirschman

Travelling in the national tour means moving to a different hotel in a different city nearly every week, not always sure what city that is, maintaining relationships with loved ones from afa…

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Helen on Wheels at Pigs Do Fly by Bill Hirschman

The Helen in Helen on Wheels is Helen Wheeler, a spirited, allegedly 70-something widow who speaks her mind and challenges anyone who crosses her as she continues to mourn her husband. But H…

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Nice Parts of ‘Mean Girls’ by Bill Hirschman

Oh, those mean girls. If you were unlucky to encounter them, they made your high school days unbearable, humiliated you so you felt inferior and tried to dictate who your friends were. They …

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Ronnie Larsen’s Musical ‘Come Out! Come Out!’ Shows Promise by Bill Hirschman

Gay men, characterized as deviants in 1920s New York City, populate prolific playwright Ronnie Larsen’s new musical, Come Out! Come Out! at the Wilton Theatre Factory. Come Out! Come Out! …

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Miami New Drama Tunes Up Debut Of Wonderful World — A Louis Armstrong Bio-Musical by Bill Hirschman

Energy suffuses rehearsals for Miami New Drama's world premiere musical about Louis Armstrong A Wonderful World – not a revue but a highly-theatrical biography in which Armstrong’s famou…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Maltz’s Brighton Beach Memoirs Makes Strong Memories by Bill Hirschman

Home is the place where they have to take you in, to paraphrase Robert Frost. It’s also the place where every family dynamic plays out — love, resentment, growing pains, conflict, chaos,…

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Upcoming Brighton Beach Memoirs Is Different Neil Simon by Bill Hirschman

With the Maltz Jupiter Theatre's upcoming Brighton Beach Memoirs, director J. Barry Lewis says people need to "come forward with a new perspective on what a Neil Simon play is, not just what…

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Satisfying Beauty And The Beast Will Keep The Adults Entertained As Well As The Kids by Bill Hirschman

While the Broadway Palm production of Beauty and the Beast at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center will elicit giggles from the kids, this local edition is a surprisingly satisfying evening eve…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Hamilton Remains Fresh, Vibrant Masterwork On Return Visits by Bill Hirschman

Does it ever get boring being in the room where it happens? No, it does not, as illustrated from the moment Aaron Burr begins recounting the story of this lad from the Caribbean who becam…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Riverside Tackles Neil Simon’s Multi-Faceted Lost In Yonkers by Bill Hirschman

Something unexpected is on Riverside Theatre’s mainstage: A straight play. That’s right, no big box office-guaranteed lavish, toe-tapping musical Instead, patrons are getting well-devel…

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Beckett’s Existential Happy Days Gifts Triumphant Performance by Bill Hirschman

Thinking Cap Theatre’s stunning production of Beckett’s Happy Days, offers an unmitigated triumph of a performance by Karen Stephens expertly molded by Nicole Stodard, but to say this ab…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

’20-21 For Primal Forces, Maltz Jupiter And Headlining Arsht Bway Tours: Hadestown by Bill Hirschman

Another round of 2020-2021 season announcements has arrived with some promising titles -- this time from Primal Forces and the Maltz Jupiter Theatre – plus a headline-making offering from …

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Original Diego & Drew Come Out 2nd Time at the Broward Center by Bill Hirschman

In 2016, the interactive gay wedding theatrical experience Diego & Drew Say I Do had a successful run at the Broward Center. Now it's back for a second go 'round. It has grown up just a …

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Theatre Lab’s The Glass Piano Is Fairy Tale With Adults’ Lessons by Bill Hirschman

There’s something irresistibly intriguing when a whimsical fairy tale is invoked to teach life lessons to adults. Theatre Lab’s The Glass Piano may have a befuddled king, a savvy servant…

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Motel Stories Is Multilayered Tribute to North Beach by Bill Hirschman

Don’t say we didn’t warn you: If you purchase a ticket to the fourth and latest iteration of Miami Motel Stories, you will be put to work. You may have to repair a costume, or apply an a…

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Monday, February 10, 2020

A Funny Thing Really Did Happen on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit by Bill Hirschman

Plenty of laughter, and quite a few tears, punctuate the dramatic comedy, or comic drama, if you prefer in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloa…

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Script For Church & State Resonates But Main Street’s Production Not As Strong by Bill Hirschman

Church & State, about the collision of faith, politics and gun control after a school shooting, obviously could not be more timely or more resonant for South Florida audiences. Unfortuna…

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Dramaworks’ Skylight Offers A Window To Differing Views by Bill Hirschman

A war of words smoothly flows between two articulate, bright people with immensely opposing views on nearly every subject in British playwright David Hare’s drama Skylight, receiving a per…

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Friday, February 7, 2020

This Joint Is Jumpin’ Sometimes In Ain’t Misbehavin’ by Bill Hirschman

Sometimes the joint is jumpin’ in M Ensemble Company’s Ain’t Misbehavin’, sometime things are sluggish; sometimes you can savor the brilliant lyrics coming from a talented quintet , …

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

In Upcoming ‘Skylight’, Battle Is As Political As It Is Domestic by Bill Hirschman

Skylight might seem just an intriguing play focusing on an older widower trying to rekindle a relationship with a younger woman with whom he was having an affair with while he was married. B…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Hamilton Tour Reinforces Again Why It’s A Watershed Work by Bill Hirschman

Hamilton, which explodes with power, vitality and imagination in the Kravis Center through Feb. 16, is not the Second Coming as many overheated observers would have you believe. But this tou…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Slow Burn’s Groundhog Day Is Worth Visiting Again — & Again by Bill Hirschman

The first things to know about Slow Burn Theater Company’s musical Groundhog Day is (a) do not go expecting to see the movie and (b) do not go expecting Bill Murray. The third thing is tha…

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Diego & Drew Say I Do Once Again At Broward Center by Bill Hirschman

You are invited to a wedding this month, well, a theater experience recreating a wedding. It may seem at first blush not your everyday wedding with the title Diego & Drew Say I Do, but a…

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