Thursday, August 17, 2017

Curtain Up On The 2017-2018 South Florida Theater Season by Bill Hirschman

If you know where to look, certainly you can find reliable warhorse titles in the upcoming theater season in South Florida, but it’s easier to find vibrant, contemporary and challenging of…

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Music In The Air: A Few Sweet Notes From Radosh, Fantel, Keelor — And Even Ben Hecht by Bill Hirschman

Local stages have some special programs running for only one or two days starting tonight including Palm Beach Dramaworks, GableStage and Arts Garage.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Regional Theaters Are The Country’s Primary Incubator of New Plays – Including SoFla by Bill Hirschman

Indisputably, regional theaters have been a significant wellspring for new plays reaching back 30 years. But a quickening sea change has occurred quietly but demonstrably over the past decad…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Sam Shepard’s True West Explodes At New City Players by Bill Hirschman

An explosion of passionate performances (and flying silverware) mark New City Players' production of the late Sam Shepard's True West.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

No Frills, No Problem: Masterly McPherson Monologue Gets the Ground Up & Rising Treatment by Bill Hirschman

Gregg Weiner captures the audience in Ground Up and Rising's bare bones production of Conor McPherson's monologue The Good Thief at South Miami- Dade Cultural Arts Center

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Monday, July 31, 2017

GableStage’s Informed Consent: Is The Search For Truth Paramount? And Whose Truth? by Bill Hirschman

Is knowledge always good? Is its pursuit inherently defensible regardless of the consequences? Is there Absolute Truth?These and another half-dozen ideas careen and crisscross GableStage lik…

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Marquee’s Millie Is Blessed With Those Classic Broadway Voices by Bill Hirschman

Marquee Theater Company is still an evolving troupe. but it's a shame that this production of Thoroughly Modern Millie isn’t Carbonell Award eligible – many elements would have given oth…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Main Street Players’ Vicious Voluble Family In Bad Jews Is Equally Funny And Unnerving by Bill Hirschman

One of the joys of seeing local theater over the years is charting a new theater’s growth and promise. But it’s rare to see a fledgling theater develop so quickly as Main Street Players,…

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Impressions Is A Pleasant Stroll Through Gallery Of Imagination by Bill Hirschman

Not every theatrical event has to be an outsized venting of passion filled with intellectual pyrotechnics. Sometimes a work can be satisfying to the brain and the heart as a gentle celebrat…

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Company Has Shining Moments, Falls Short Of What Could Be by Bill Hirschman

MNM’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical Company is intermittently lit with incandescent performances worth the price of admission by themselves, but the overall pie…

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Michael Leeds Makes ‘Impressions’ With Pigs Do Fly by Bill Hirschman

Pigs Do Fly Productions -- which has done mostly short plays by, for and about people 0ver 50 -- has jumped even deeper into the play-ing field by presenting the world premiere of Michael L…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Broadway Comes To Miramar With Cultural Center’s Festival by Bill Hirschman

A production of Dreamgirls was already planned for the Miramar Cultural Center's summer season, but became the perfect "launching pad" for the City of Miramar's First Annual Broadway Festiva…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Slava’s Snowshow At The Arsht: Winter Is Coming — In July by Bill Hirschman

For the third time in nine years, a blizzard is raging inside the Arsht Center in the middle of a blazing summer as Slava’s Snowshow returns and you once again will be picking white stuff …

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Orwell’s Prescient Novel Is Prime Virtue Of Outre’s 1984 by Bill Hirschman

The prescient genius of George Orwell is the blinding virtue in Outré Theatre Company’s earnestly delivered but sluggish production of the painfully relevant 1984. It remains jaw-dropping…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Beauty In The Eye Of The Beholder: McKeever’s Finding Mona Lisa At Actors’ Playhouse by Bill Hirschman

The world premiere of Michael McKeever’s Finding Mona Lisa at Actors Playhouse initially might seem a light, fascinating beach read about Leonardo DaVinci’s masterpiece -- a sometimes dr…

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Bloody Good Sweeney Todd Erupts At PB Dramaworks by Bill Hirschman

Homicidal rage against a corrupt world spews into the audience in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ Sweeney Todd. But its singular spin is that the serial throat-slitting barber does not start as a v…

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Attend A Slightly Different Sweeney Todd At Dramaworks by Bill Hirschman

Those who love Stephen Sondheim and Sweeney Todd in particular should come with an open mind to this month’s edition at Palm Beach Dramaworks expecting a different spin on the material.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

New City Players’ Twelfth Night Is Midsummer Night’s Dream by Bill Hirschman

Merriment is a word we don’t use much in the 21st Century, but that is the precise adjective to reflect the madcap abandon, tireless physical comedy and unflagging enthusiasm that makes a …

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Minnie’s Boys Is Old School Musical Of The Marx Brothers by Bill Hirschman

Minnie’s Boys is a light comic highly homogenized version of how stage mother Minnie Marx utzed, kvetched and kibbitzed her five sons to transform from a doomed vaudeville singing group to…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Florida Sinks Under Water In Mad Cat’s Satirical Firemen by Bill Hirschman

With Fireman Are Rarely Necessary, this world premiere of a socially satirical comedy falls solidly in the anarchic absurdist vibe with grunge icing championed by Mad Cat Theatre Company.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Report From New York: It’s Worth A Trip To Ride The Blazing Comet With Pierre & Natasha by Bill Hirschman

It’s difficult to say if the music and lyrics of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 are noteworthy, but they are overwhelmed by a production and performances arguably beyond nearl…

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Michael Hall, Pioneering Co-Founder Of The Caldwell Theatre, Dead At 77 by Bill Hirschman

Caldwell Theatre co-founder Michael Hall, among the pioneers who transformed a fledgling theater scene focused on molding warhorses and built it into a vibrant regional force embracing chall…

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Report From New York: Six Degrees Is A Forgotten Gem by Bill Hirschman

For some reason, Six Degrees of Separation has fallen off the radar of regional theaters mounting semi-contemporary plays that depict and dissect the angsty zeitgeist of modern life. But the…

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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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