Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Loss Underlies “Everything Is Super Great’ at Theatre Lab by Bill Hirschman

As we get older, the reality of loss becomes an inescapable fact of life. How we deal with that is the core of Stephen Brown’s Everything is Super Great at Theatre Lab (subtitled “a come…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Wick’s Bright & Brassy Music Man With Tartaglia and Kleiner by Bill Hirschman

There may never be as great a production of The Music Man as the lightning-in-a-bottle original with performances of Barbara Cook and Robert Preston. But the Wick Theatre edition led by Norb…

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New Dramaworks Play Honors Life of Extraordinary Gertrude Berg, The Real ‘Molly Goldberg’ by Bill Hirschman

Awe is not a quality you usually hear in the voices of theater pros when they describe the central character in a work. But that is the sense listening to director William Hayes, playwright …

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Whodunit? You Decide in Maltz’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Bill Hirschman

Have you ever watched a play and complained, “I could end it better than that!” Here’s your chance. You – along with everyone else in the audience—gets to choose this month among 5…

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Report From New York: Tracy Letts & Height of the Storm by Bill Hirschman

Some of the shows we saw on our recent trip to New York -- Tracy Letts' Linda Vista and The Height of the Storm -- were limited runs and closed before many of our readers could get there. Bu…

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight At MNM’s A Funny Thing by Bill Hirschman

MNM Theatre Company’s delightfully silly production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is a musical that prides itself on broad low and often ribald humor, pratfalls, double…

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Conscience And Culpability Are Focus Of Premiere ‘Watson’ by Bill Hirschman

A central facet of his premiere Watson at GableStage is depicting what may be the world’s first personal information disaster, a horrifying tragedy as American-licensed technology is sold …

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Friday, November 22, 2019

The Plot Escaped From Margaritaville, But Buffett’s Songbook Remains by Bill Hirschman

Escape to Margaritaville, the Jimmy Buffett musical at the Broward Center would work so much better as a concert version of the singer-songwriter’s infectious songs imploring you, no, dema…

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Mystery Author Tackles Deeper Mysteries Of Conscience In GableStage’s Premiere ‘Watson’ by Bill Hirschman

As the writer with 28 best-selling mystery novels, James Grippando is usually focused on whodunits. But the Florida author is about to see the world premiere of his first playscript, Watso…

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New ‘West Side Story’ Has Winning Strengths, But Weaknesses Too by Bill Hirschman

The West Side Story from the Prather family’s new Broadway Palm series at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center has so much to praise, yet, joins local productions to underscore how there…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Lipstick Is Exactly What It Wants To Be: A Silly, Stupid Sex Farce by Bill Hirschman

Island City Stage, which focuses on gay-themed work, apparently thought it was time to revive the genus of the British sex comedy with the world premiere of Lipstick, whose primary twist is …

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Andy And The Orphans: Funny, Poignant And Unsettling by Bill Hirschman

Resulting from Down syndrome as an adult, Andy’s simple, blunt and truthful verbal reactions to the complex statements and relationships swirling around him slice through the theater space…

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

There’s More To Johnny Cash’s Story In ‘Ring of Fire’ by Bill Hirschman

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash playing at Actors' Playhouse finds its entertainment in having performers, sing, dance, act and play the instruments much as with the company's succes…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

‘Lost Virginity Tour’ A Golden Years Trip Down Memory Lane by Bill Hirschman

The Lost Virginity Tour, produced by Pigs Do Fly Productions, tells of four senior women who take a roadtrip across the country to revisit the sites where they.... well, read the title.

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Report From New York: Joshua Henry’s Superb Performance Enhances Powerful Wrong Man by Bill Hirschman

Let’s get it out quickly because this show’s twice-extended off-Broadway run at the MCC Theater ends Nov. 24. The Wrong Man is a superbly wrought, profoundly affecting work, ranking up t…

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Wolves Is Complex, Filled With Dogged Determination by Bill Hirschman

The Wolves fits the bill for Zoetic Stage's Theater Up Close series. It's an up-close, navel gazer. Nine teenaged girls are part of a high school indoor soccer team that meets each Saturday.…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Riverside Brings Back The Era With Beehive The 60s Musical by Bill Hirschman

Riverside Theatre hits the mark for a designated demographic with its season opener, Beehive – The 60s Musical. The show is a musical revue of songs from the 1960s made popular by girl gro…

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Industrious Maltz Sinks Teeth Into Hoary Dracula Comedy by Bill Hirschman

In the prologue of Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s production of Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors, the actors literally throw out the book—chucking their musty copies behind them with the satisfacti…

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

MND’s Bridge of San Luis Rey Is Highly Theatrical Journey by Bill Hirschman

In this post-9/11 time, we ruminate even more than during the Black Plague about the seeming randomness of blind fate or God’s inscrutable will — and wondering is there a meaning to life…

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

We’re a Believer: Charming Shrek Lets Its Freak Flag Fly by Bill Hirschman

Slow Burn Theatre Company’s Shrek the Musical is pure unadulterated fun, not just youngsters in the audience watching familiar fairy tale characters cavort in atypical ways, or older kids …

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Measure for Measure Delivers A Rousing ‘In the Heights’ by Bill Hirschman

Measure For Measure Theatre’s rousing production in Sunrise brings into focus that Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’s musical is, at its heart, about the twin themes of dream…

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Advice To The Wick’s Hot Shoe Shuffle: Don’t Stop Dancing by Bill Hirschman

To paraphrase A Chorus Line for the Wick Theatre’s Hot Shoe Shuffle: Dance 10, Books 3. Whenever this troupe of supremely talented terpsichoreans start tapping in precision sync, backed by…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

National Black Theatre Festival Underscores Love Of Theater by Bill Hirschman

This past summer, tens of thousands of African-Americans from around the U.S. and other countries as well jammed 12 venues in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to savor more than 30 tragedies, m…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Dramaworks’ Streetcar Delivers Own Scalding Vision Of Classic by Bill Hirschman

Even for Palm Beach Dramaworks, its A Streetcar Named Desire creates a category of its own with an emotionally scalding portrait of flawed human beings scraping each other raw until the ine…

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Family Struggles With Autism In New City Players’ Falling by Bill Hirschman

Underneath, Falling is not just about a family dealing with the complex challenge of living with an autistic adult. New City Player’s profoundly moving production seems to be as much about…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Forget The Film When Watching Dramaworks’ Own ‘Streetcar’ by Bill Hirschman

When tackling A Streetcar Named Desire, it’s impossible for artists to ignore the 1951 film that made a movie icon of Marlon Brando and provided the last great role for Vivien Leigh. But d…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Harrowing Depiction Of Evil: An Evening With John Wayne Gacy by Bill Hirschman

You may find this hard to believe, but An Evening With John Wayne Gacy Jr., -- easily the most off-putting title for a theater piece in many years – is a surprisingly effective, harrowing …

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Boys Of A Certain Age Examines Gay Lives In The Trump Era by Bill Hirschman

Flawed as it is, few would place Boys of a Certain Age in the same ranks as The Normal Heart and The Boys In the Band. But Dan Fingerman’s script being presented by Empire Stage is an inci…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

News Roundup: Dramaworks, Jan McArt / Lois Pope, Wick, Playgroup LLC, Slow Burn by Bill Hirschman

Lots of news about Palm Beach Dramaworks' new play festival, Lois Pope teams up with Jan McArt, Playgroup LLC to close, fundraisers for Slow Burn, GableStage and Insight for the Blind

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Blood, Beer And Toasters: Main Street’s Ferocious True West by Bill Hirschman

With the fearful ferocity of twin jackhammers running amok, the brothers of Main Street Players’ True West clash and crash, attack and retreat in an anguish-fueled release of pent-up frust…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Funny & Poignant Grindr Mom Turns A Wife’s Life Inside Out by Bill Hirschman

Crucial to know about Grindr Mom is that while the heroine is a middle-class pearl-wearing politically conservative Mormon who volunteers once a week at the local school, “The Wife” as s…

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