Sunday, October 21, 2018

Indecent Exemplifies What Theater Can Be & Why We Go by Bill Hirschman

Palm Beach Dramaworks’ Indecent is precisely the kind of thrilling evening that glories in what theater can be – a unique art form that cannot be matched by anything on film, anything ha…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Vogel Encourages Dramaworks To Use Indecent Script As Blueprint Not Straightjacket by Bill Hirschman

Paula Vogel welcomes, even celebrates how imaginative directors and committed casts use her work as a starting blueprint for their own explorations. o she is pleased that this week the team …

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Glad To Be Conned By Stage Door’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Bill Hirschman

It’s a genuine compliment when a critic doesn’t particularly look forward to a show based on past productions and recordings – and then reassesses his antipathy based on seeing a fresh…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

GableStage’s Admissions Asks Liberals What Happens When It’s Your Own Ox Being Gored? by Bill Hirschman

GableStage’s Admissions is one of the more uncomfortable evenings of theater that avowed liberals and proud progressives will sit through any time soon. It holds up an unsparing mirror tha…

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Dracula’s Prey At Zoetic: No Helpless Fainting Victims Here by Bill Hirschman

In Zoetic Stage’s premiere Dracula, the vampire is a sexist pig (as are several men in the play). The protagonists are strong-willed proto-feminists. Together, they embody a society strugg…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Havana Music Hall: The Story Of Those Who Stayed Behind by Bill Hirschman

It would be intriguing and accurate, but misleading to say that Havana Music Hall, the hopeful Broadway musical about Cuban artists before and after the Revolution, is the brainchild of 72-y…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Saying Goodbye To Iris Acker by Bill Hirschman

The memorial celebration of Iris Acker will be held Monday at The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the celebration starting at 7 p.m. Playwright, producer and …

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

In-Depth: State Cuts Will Affect What You See On Stage; Theaters Pledge To Fight Back by Bill Hirschman

Some South Florida theaters are scrapping some of what they plan to put on stage this season or next. Some are leaving support positions unfilled. Some plan smaller cast shows. Some have sid…

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Lightning Bolt Returns Again To Little Shop & Audrey II Too by Bill Hirschman

Lightning Bolt Productions,' Little Shop of Horrors delivers yet another merry recreation of one of the most amusing small musicals in the canon: an intentionally silly, unapologetically uns…

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Colored Museum’s Incisive Satire Could Not Be Better Timed by Bill Hirschman

A thrilling cast and an impossibly talented young director from the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center mine all the raucous mirth and underlying blues in George C. Wolfe’s stinging soci…

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

MNM Recalls The Music In My Way, A Tribute To Frank Sinatra by Bill Hirschman

Instead of attempting the impossible task for imitating Ol' Blue Eyes, MNM Theatre Company's My Way, A Tribute to Frank Sinatra, is a solid, polished, thoroughly entertaining stroll through…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

New Plays At Dramaworks, Danis Stays At FGO, Space Now Wilton Theater Factory by Bill Hirschman

News About Dramaworks' January festival of readings of works in development, Susan Danis stays at Florida Grand Opera, Infinite Abyss and Island City Stage rename their home Wilton Theater F…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Sound Problems Cripple Earnest Measure For Measure’s 35mm by Bill Hirschman

It doesn’t matter how beautifully these performers sing with strength and skill, no matter how tight the bands, no matter how much energy flows , if a musical is primarily a song cycle rel…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Plans For Iris Acker Celebration Memorial Announced For Oct. 15 by Bill Hirschman

A “celebration’ of the life of Iris Acker – the iconic actress, teacher, producer and theater booster through her television shows -- has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday October 15 a…

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D&D Heroines Vs. Demons In Area Stage’s She Kills Monsters by Bill Hirschman

She Kills Monsters is a dramatic comedy given an inventive and enthusiastic production by Area Stage Company -- a show proudly described as “theater for nerds,” or more accurately, for y…

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Iris Acker, A Seminal Figure In South Florida Theater, Has Died by Bill Hirschman

Iris Acker -- the vivacious actress, teacher, author, dancer, artistic director, producer and groundbreaking union leader who helped transform South Florida theater – died Sunday night aft…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Thinking Cap’s Crooked Captures The Pain of Adolescence And The Pain Of Being A Parent by Bill Hirschman

Thinking Cap Theatre’s Crooked superbly captures the fear, confusion and pain of being an adolescent – and the same fear, confusion and pain struggling to raise one. With vibrant perform…

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Now & Then Proudly Affirms Gay Romance Is Like Any Other by Bill Hirschman

Now & Then, a world premiere musical in Wilton Manors, is a quiet gentle love story told with an inventive twist. But it’s a tale tracing the episodes of an arc so familiar that it mi…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Not Just For Kids, Theatre Lab’s Initial Family-Friendly Ronia Elevates And Inspires by Bill Hirschman

Ronia, the Robber's Daughter -- the first offering of Theatre Lab's family-friendly series -- satisfies the parameters of youth theatre but with a pedigree that transcends its genre, a produ…

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Stage Door’s La Cage Surely Entertains But Feels Lackluster by Bill Hirschman

Broward Stage Door’s La Cage aux Folles stresses the universal virtues of love and loyalty, delivered with only a wry smile to acknowledge that its protagonists are an aging gay couple inc…

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Friday, August 31, 2018

An Hour Without TV: Earnest Social Comment But Rehash Of A Hundred Soap Operas by Bill Hirschman

An Hour Without TV -- in which an abused wife convinces her husband to give her one hour without ESPN so she can tell him she leaving – is easily the most mistitled drama in many years. It…

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Monday, August 20, 2018

More News: Teen Ambassadors, New Theatre Lab Program, Charlie Cinnamon Exhibit, Kravis Volunteers & Insight Benefit by Bill Hirschman

News about Broward Teen Ambassadors' application deadline, Theatre Lab's new series for families, Kravis Center's volunteer opportunities, a benefit for Insight for the Blind, and a terrific…

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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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