Monday, August 13, 2018

‘White Guy on The Bus’ Is GableStage’s Shattering Incisive Dissection Of Race Relations by Bill Hirschman

White Guy on the Bus at GableStage is a merciless dissection of race relations in the 21st Century, but stunning plot twists prevent us from explaining much further than a wealthy white bus…

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Upsetting Resonances Make Cabaret Worth A Return Visit by Bill Hirschman

Area Stage Company's Cabaret underscores how this warhorse musical still serves, not as a cautionary tale, but as a flat out warning to our current socio-political climate: The production's …

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Starry Night In New City Players’ Transcendent Constellations by Bill Hirschman

It’s almost paternalistic to praise New City Players as one of the gutsiest theaters in the region. But with its carefully-wrought and moving production of Constellations, the Players have…

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Monday, August 6, 2018

LGBTQIA Shorts Gone Wild 6 Comes Up A Little Short by Bill Hirschman

No one could accuse the cast of Shorts Gone Wild 6 of being low energy. They spend the production’s interstitial moments cartwheeling, performing splits, engaging in slapdash chicken danc…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

So Fla Theatre League Announces Remy Awards by Bill Hirschman

Unsung heroes who provide outstanding service behind the scenes in local theater will receive recognition this year from the South Florida Theatre League’s 2018 Remy Awards.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Big Bang Still Daft Demented Fun At Actors Playhouse by Bill Hirschman

Worse than Spiderman Turn Off The Dark, the mega-epic The Big Bang may be the most bloated, overwrought, inept, politically incorrect, painfully lame, downright stupidest musical of all time…

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

‘I Love, You’re Perfect’ Has Changed At MNM Theatre by Bill Hirschman

If you’re over 40 and you heard that some theater was reviving that chamber musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change… come on, you said, “Again?” So here’s the really good …

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

News: Thinking Cap Beats Bway, Danis Leaves FGO, FIU Fosters Plays, Knight Offers Grants, Costume World Moving, Krasja Now BAA President by Bill Hirschman

News of Florida Grand Opera, Florida International University, Knight Foundation, Broadway Across America and Costume World

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Girlfriend, Let’s Talk: Five Women Wearing The Same Dress by Bill Hirschman

Let’s talk about sex, drugs and relationships. Let’s dish about thoughtless cruel men we’ve known, love and loneliness, fears that hold us back and strengths that can empower us. Such …

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Empire’s Aunt Jack Challenges Pigeonholeing Sexualities by Bill Hirschman

Aunt Jack, S.P. Monahan’s world premiere play at Empire Stage, rejects pigeonholing sexuality with a single label or category. Sexual identity is what you choose it to be and Monahan champ…

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Neil Sedaka’s Breaking Up At Stage Door Is Full Of Laughter by Bill Hirschman

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do -- which hangs a plot or two around 18 of the songs by 1960s pop icon Neil Sedaka, is the perfect swan song to close this chapter of the Broward Stage Door as it g…

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Dramaworks Explores Enduring Relevance of a Plains Populist by Bill Hirschman

Woody Guthrie’s American Song is most decidedly a people’s musical, at least in its vivifying production at Palm Beach Dramaworks is more of a communal hoedown with Guthrie’s music as …

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Big D Is Touching, Rowdy World-Premiere At The Abyss by Bill Hirschman

For all the raunchy scenes in Michael Mizerany’s new play The Big D, the message at the weepy comedy-drama’s heart is serious and sincere. Sure, the characters engage in hard-core, unaba…

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Friday, June 29, 2018

StageBill Blog: Shows I Wish Someone Would Produce Here — And Some Casting Ideas by Bill Hirschman

In looking over my huge collection of play scripts, I kept coming across shows I either have seen and am anxious to see undertaken by a local company, or titles I’ve read but never seen …

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Slow Burn’s Rock Of Ages Isn’t Your Grandma’s Musical by Bill Hirschman

If there's any way to get folks to the theater who don't usually go, Slow Burn's Rock of Ages can do it. Director/choreographer Patrick Fitzwater knows exactly how to squeeze every inch of c…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

New City Players Paint Perfect Work Of ‘Art’ At Vanguard by Bill Hirschman

In the lovely confines of The Vanguard, Yasmin Reza's modern classic Art comes to life in New City Players' finely curated production.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Grief, Coping Commingle With Comedic Culture Clash In McKeever’s Elegant Mr. Parker by Bill Hirschman

When did yesterday’s renegades, who skirted AIDS and lived boheme on a ramen noodle diet in the go-go eighties, become today’s get-off-my-lawners? These questions, and plenty more, linge…

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Pink Unicorn Puts Complex Human Face On Identity Politics by Bill Hirschman

Laura Turnbull in the solo show The Pink Unicorn from Primal Forces places us in the headspace of a widowed mother in a small—and small-minded—Texas suburb who transforms into an unwit…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

M Ensemble’s Seven Guitars Is Virtually Music As Theater by Bill Hirschman

In the current production of The M Ensemble Company, August Wilson’s legendary Seven Guitars almost plays like a musical or a folk opera akin to Porgy and Bess or Floyd Collins.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Lightning Bolt’s Into The Woods Gives Modern Resonance by Bill Hirschman

Into the Woods’ disturbing second act occurs in a boy’s nightmare in Lightning Bolt Production’s riveting, pulse-quickening production at the West Boca Performing Arts Center. Director…

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

GableStage’s “I’m Gonna Pray For You” Scorches The Stage by Bill Hirschman

Human beings’ desperate need for affirmation of their self-worth from some source outside themselves – whether it’s from a parent or strangers’ judgments – drives GableStage’s sc…

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Demos-Brown’s Bway Debut Gets Date, Theater and Cast Including Kerry Washington by Bill Hirschman

The intensifying Black Lives Matter conversation will be fueled on Broadway this fall in the unique vision of Christopher Demos-Brown, one of Florida’s most esteemed theater professionals,…

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Miami’s Shorts Is Once Again A Welcome Summer Cooler by Bill Hirschman

They make it look so easy. The 23rd annual City Theatre Summer Shorts crew slip seamlessly from broad comedy with a hint of a moral to bittersweet drama with a soupcon of dry wit…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Women’s Journey Is Familiar in Stage Door’s From Door to Door by Bill Hirschman

From Door to Door, a bittersweet comedy retracing the evolution of Jewish-American womanhood through 65 years of the 20th Century, is a procession of clichés spread over 80 minutes. But if …

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Lots of News: Summer Fest, Charlie Cinnamon, Dramaworks, GableStage, MNM, Stage Door, Spotlight On the Arts & More by Bill Hirschman

Tons of news about South Florida Theatre League, MNM Theatre Company, GableStage, Palm Beach Dramworks, Spotlight on the Arts, Earl Maulding, Actors Playhouse, Broward Stage Door, Lightning …

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

MNM Theatre Co. Hosts A Welcome Return to Avenue Q by Bill Hirschman

MNM Theatre ’s Avenue Q, the musical comedy with foul-mouthed and copulating puppets, has never been as clearly about education as now. It’s the curriculum about coping with disappointme…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Winners of 16th Annual Cappies Awards Presented This Week by Bill Hirschman

The crush of more than a thousand cheering students, their parents and friends overflowed the orchestra seating and the boxes of the Broward Center’s cavernous Au-Rene Theater at the Browa…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Imagination Substitutes For Big Budget In Delightful Shrek by Bill Hirschman

Director Giancarlo Rodaz made a virtue out of a tiny budget by substituting imagination for cash plus a joyful embrace of theatrical artifice in his production of Shrek the Musical at Area S…

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Thinking Cap’s Emperor of the Moon Is Delightful Lune-acy by Bill Hirschman

With a cast of unfettered and inspired clowns, Thinking Cap Theatre has produced a hilarious edition of a 1687 comedy by Aphra Benn, The Emperor of the Moon, lathering almost every second of…

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Stunning Excoriating Equus Gallops Across Dramaworks by Bill Hirschman

Mere hours before the opening night of Equus at Palm Beach Dramaworks – a drama prompted by the true story of a troubled teen who blinded five horses – another troubled teen murdered 10 …

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Nothing Average About Measure For Measure’s Next To Normal by Bill Hirschman

A new theater debuting by choosing a complex musical about mental illness, and in the small confines of the 50 or so seat theater? Now that takes confidence. And confident the professional, …

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