Wednesday, June 21, 2017

In Goldberg Variations, Traumatic Family Gathering Becomes Re-enactors’ Playhouse by Bill Hirschman

The stage is a fungible place. Sets can transform, actors can fly, characters can break walls, especially the fourth. There is limitless potential in the blank canvas of floorboards and ligh…

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Swing! Swing! Swing! Revue Returns To Broward Stage Door by Bill Hirschman

The skill, power and imagination that Kevin Black, Ben Bagby and their colleagues have invested make Swing! Swing! Swing! as good or better than any other revue that Broward Stage Door has p…

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Finding Neverland At The Broward Center Is Pure Magic by Bill Hirschman

Splendidly gorgeous to watch, the creativity of the staging is reason enough to embrace Finding Neverland at the Broward Center On a deeper level, though, there's something profoundly moving…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Uplifting ‘Flyin’ West Is Powerful History From M Ensemble by Bill Hirschman

Leave it to M Ensemble to teach an audience a bit of Black history in Pearl Cleage's Flyin' West , while entertaining the masses.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Report From New York: Stunning Direction Elevates Indecent by Bill Hirschman

If you wonder what the term “coup de theatre” means, it’s easier to illustrated it with a moment from the new Paula Vogel-Rebecca Taichman play Indecent.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Good Luck Trying To Resist Wick’s Beauty And The Beast by Bill Hirschman

The final tear-inducing five minutes of Beauty and the Beast, if executed effectively as it is at The Wick Theatre production, is a good barometer of whether you’re dead inside.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Report From New York: Oslo Peeks Behind The Scenes Of Diplomacy And Politics by Bill Hirschman

In this dispiriting time of eroding international relations, the incisive play Oslo is both hearteningly optimistic and existentially pessimistic about human beings’ ability to negotiate a…

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Report From New York: Bandstand’s Tribute To Veterans Gifted With Original Score by Bill Hirschman

Acknowledging that WWII vets also came home to challenges from their nightmarish service, the rousing new mainstream musical Bandstand has serious issues under the original score and heartfe…

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Report From New York: What Goes “Wrong” Is So Write… Rite…Right. Right? Right. by Bill Hirschman

Granted, a farce documenting the doomed efforts of a hapless British theater troupe already has been brilliantly explored in Noises Off. But there is hilarity yet to mine as evidenced by The…

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In New City Players’ Proof, The Numbers Don’t Quite Add Up by Bill Hirschman

The wobbly foundations of fledgling New City Players' production of David Auburn's reliable Proof are unlikely to impress seasoned theatergoers, especially those who have seen the play befo…

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Musicals Make A Mark In This Year’s Round Of Summer Shorts by Bill Hirschman

City Theatre's Summer Shorts, which only recently began showcasing musicals, includes three this year including one by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

News About Free Theater Fest, Speaking Shakespeare, Plus Honors And Appointments by Bill Hirschman

Lots of news: South Florida Theatre League's free Summer Theatre Fest, Curtain Call Playhouse is honored, City Theatre's Margaret Ledford is promoted, Bruce Linser takes on a new job,and Pet…

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Monday, May 29, 2017

GableStage’s Georgia McBride Is No Drag, Well, It Is, But…. by Bill Hirschman

One pleasure watching a drag show regardless of your sexual orientation is the vicarious joy of seeing people uncorset their secreted urges and find the liberating self-worth to parade it pu…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Infinite Abyss’ Brave Attempt To Wield Quills Isn’t Sharp Enough by Bill Hirschman

Infinite Abyss, which has produced some solid work like last season’s Extremities, just falls flat this time out with Quills which reeks of amateurism.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Report From New York: Deja Vu All Over Again In Groundhog Day by Bill Hirschman

The surprisingly delight-filled musical Groundhog Day is well worth seeing on Broadway but the script, music, lyrics and replicable staging (all Tony-nominated) are so strong, so inventive, …

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

‘It Shoulda Been You’ Spotlights A Major Talent At Playhouse by Bill Hirschman

The temptation is to announce that ‘a star is born’ in Actors’ Playhouse’s production of the musical It Shoulda Been You. But that would be mildly insulting to the fact that Cindy Pe…

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Go Find Your Grail With Arthur & Company At MNM’s Spamalot by Bill Hirschman

The MNM production of Monty Python’s Spamalot is silly and stupid. Thank goodness. This edition of one of the funniest musicals of the past couple of decades revels in, savors, exults, w…

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

It’s A Hard-Knock Life Between The Laughs In Inishmaan by Bill Hirschman

Palm Beach Dramaworks' team finds the special vibe of Martin McDonagh's dark comedy set in an unforgiving climate of the heart in The Cripple of Inishmaan.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

McDonagh’s Signature Drama And Humor Meld In Dramaworks’ Upcoming Cripple Of Inishmaan by Bill Hirschman

To avoid spoiling the specific emotional U-turns, all that veteran theatergoers need to know about The Cripple of Inishmaan opening at Palm Beach Dramaworks this month is that it’s a class…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

15th Cappies Honors Scores Of Student Critics and Artists by Bill Hirschman

The din of cheering, hollering teenagers exploding Tuesday wasn’t to applaud the appearance of a hip-hop celeb. Instead, the tumult in the Broward Center recognized excellence in 25 publi…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Report From New York: There’s Two Reasons To See War Paint; No Trouble Guessing What by Bill Hirschman

War Paint is primarily an opportunity to savor two of Broadway’s reigning divas Ms. Patti Lupone and Ms. Christine Ebersole commanding the stage with overwhelming power in volume and skill…

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Raucous, Raunchy, Heartrending: Thinking Cap’s Collective Rage by Bill Hirschman

Trump may have paraded his demeaning objectification of women by using the word pussy, but it’s a word celebrated over and over in Thinking Cap Theatre’s production of Collective Rage, A…

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Friday, May 12, 2017

‘Never Play It Safe’ Is The Story Of Thinking Cap Theatre Before Regional Premiere of The Bettys by Bill Hirschman

Thinking Cap Theatre is presenting the Southeastern premiere of Jen Silverman's Collective Rage: A Play In Five Betties, a timely tale of feminism echoing last winter's women's march on Wash…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Lush, Lovely And Topical ‘The King And I’ Swirls Into The Arsht by Bill Hirschman

Damaged by yet another homogenized film version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s work, few think of The King and I as a piece deeply focused on incipient feminism, international politics an…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

GableStage, Zoetic, MNM & Conundrum Reveals Skeds by Bill Hirschman

So much news: GableStage and Zoetic Stage announcing their new season with titles like The Humans and Fun Home, MNM announces partnership with the Kravis, Conundrum Stages returns to tour. E…

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Spoiler Alert: Mystery Abounds In Premiere Of Broken Snow by Bill Hirschman

Revelation after revelation – none of which the playwright wants us to spoil – are exposed like the proverbial peeling of an onion until the underlying secret lays naked in the world pre…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Stage Door’s Nine Nearly A Ten by Bill Hirschman

Broward Stage Door's production of the musical Nine, based on Fellini's 8 1/2, is a fine evening of exuberant music and even more soaring voices.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Vocal Skill And Power Dominate Verdi’s Masked Ball At FGO by Bill Hirschman

Opera is all about technique, spotlighting it, honoring it, celebrating it. So when Florida Grand Opera took on one of the most demanding works in the entire canon, Verdi’s A Masked Ball, …

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

24-Hour Theatre Project Rises Once Again At Theatre Lab by Bill Hirschman

A worn-out Hillary Clinton balked at putting on makeup before her first major address since the election. An alien queen who owns a pop-up bar came to claim its dead lounge singer. One play…

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dear Adults: Matilda the Musical Is Much More Than Kids’ Fare by Bill Hirschman

Matilda the Musical, with a national tour that's made a stop at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, may star a cadre of kids, but it is no Annie. I say that in the…

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Houdini Defies Death One More Time In Return To The Arsht by Bill Hirschman

(The following is an updated review from 2012  plus a feature story written about this same production’s original visit to the Arsht four years ago. Most of the cast is the same, but …

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