Thursday, February 14, 2019

Love Among The Seniors: The Last Romance At Riverside by Bill Hirschman

Riverside Theatre serves up the sentimentality with a ladle in its production of The Last Romance. The play concerns a trio of senior citizens struggling with loneliness, delving into the hu…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A Tight Family’s Tragic Past Is Key In Meet Me At The Oak by Bill Hirschman

The dominating vision of The Tree and its dark violent past is a theatrical masterstroke from writer-director Layon Gray that opens a stirring Meet Me At The Oak, posting yet another strong …

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Theatre Lab’s ‘Silent’ Articulates Questions About Integrity by Bill Hirschman

Although We Will Not Be Silent is suffused with a long dorm night’s worth of philosophical and moral gymnastics, playwright David Meyers and Theatre Lab inject the audience so deeply into …

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Jekyll & Hyde May Split Theater Lovers But Will Please Fans by Bill Hirschman

Frank Wildhorn’s Jekyll & Hyde is one of those Continental Divides in musical theater: You either love it – or tolerate it. But if you’re going to perform a work by the pioneering…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

What FGO’s Figaro Lacks In Farce It Makes Up For In Gusto by Bill Hirschman

Florida Grand Opera does daring works (we're looking forward to the upcoming final two of the season, Frida and Werther), but, to satisfy audiences who prefer to see the familiar, there is c…

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Dramaworks’ Spitfire Grill Is One Of The Season’s Finest Musicals by Bill Hirschman

When was the last time a musical slipped into your veins and rode your bloodstream for two hours? When did a musical speak so accurately of your own pain and longing that you knew you were n…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Fascinating But Flawed Fake Makes Promising Debut by Bill Hirschman

Passions erupt as art, commerce and international politics collide and conflict in the world premiere of Carmen Pelaez’s intriguing Fake at Miami New Drama. This play centering on a possib…

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Thinking Cap Unleashes The Wild Ambition of Dance Nation by Bill Hirschman

Dare your adult to take your inner child to see Dance Nation at Thinking Cap Theatre in which adults play teenagers prepping for a competition. Were a prize given out today for Best Ensemble…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Next To Normal At Riverside Is Far More Than Just Normal by Bill Hirschman

One of contemporary theater’s most powerful rock operas, Next to Normal, concerns a family dealing with the mother’s bipolar disorder. And you have the opportunity to see this Tony Award…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

GableStage Mounts Its Unique Passionate Take On Indecent by Bill Hirschman

GableStage’s rendering of Paula Vogel's Indecent is freshly distinctive from Rebecca Taichman’s New York staging and from the rapturously received version that Palm Beach Dramaworks del…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

One Man, Two Guvnors Is Entertaining If A But Long by Bill Hirschman

There are probably 27 synonyms for the word funny and 157 familiar tropes. All the words apply and all the classic bits can be found in Actors’ Playhouse’s farce One Man, Two Guvnors.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Vision Is The Star In Highly Theatrical Curious Incident by Bill Hirschman

Usually, Zoetic Stage’s director Stuart Meltzer’s deft work is almost invisible to audience members other than bringing a fresh vision to familiar titles. But his masterful work in The …

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Maltz Let’s Mamma Mia! Sing Keeping Stage Version Intact by Bill Hirschman

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre's Mamma Mia! gets its mojo from a strong, consistent cast to carry out the sitcom-esque plot that is held together as if by taffy – twenty 1970s radio hits that a…

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Monday, January 21, 2019

SoFla Symphony Delivers Many High Notes With Porgy and Bess by Bill Hirschman

If there is one disappointment about the South Florida Symphony’s ambitious staging of Porgy and Bess it is that there aren’t more opportunities to see the production. The Wilton Manors-…

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Wick Actress’ Funny Girl Gives Fanny Her Own Endearing Stamp by Bill Hirschman

Few theatrical challenges are as a daunting as actor taking on an iconic role made unforgettable by an inimitable talent in a career-making performance engraved in the popular consciousness.…

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Friday, January 18, 2019

‘Bette & Barry’ Entertains, But Where’s The Story? by Bill Hirschman

Bette & Barry: From Bathhouse to Broadway at Island City Stage is an imagining of if Midler and Manilow decided to do a concert together. In real pop history, they never have. This revu…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Consistency Celebrated In Carbonell Nominations For 2018 by Bill Hirschman

The reliable consistency of quality of some South Florida companies’ work was underscored Thursday with the release of the nominations for the 43rd Carbonell Awards honoring excellence dur…

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Riverside’s A New Argentina And A New Look At Evita by Bill Hirschman

The musical may have been around for decades, but Riverside’s triumphant production of Evita proves that the show has a strong universality that rings as loudly today as it did 40 years ag…

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Deep And Complex, A Shayna Maidel Thrives In Its Contrasts by Bill Hirschman

Whether you have seen A Shayna Maidel before, Chicken Coop Theater at Levis JCC Sandler Center does a fine job keeping intact Lebow's touching drama and its very definite Holocaust theme. Bu…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Powerhouse Actresses Serve Up A Century Of History In Having Our Say At Primal Forces by Bill Hirschman

Having Our Say is likely the first play in which both of its characters are centenarian women of color. At Primal Forces’ regional premiere, this means two roles of uncommon heft and histo…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Celebration Set Jan. 21 Honoring Tony Finstrom by Bill Hirschman

A celebration of the life of Tony Finstrom, playwright patron and theater lover, is scheduled for Monday, Jan 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University where…

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Main Street Works Hard But Superior Donuts Disappoints by Bill Hirschman

It took Main Street Players’ lethargic production of Superior Donuts about 20 minutes to show much signs of life, and even then the primary electricity came from one actor as a young man a…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Knight Honors Adler, Fliss, Pelaez, Funds CoCo Grove $2 Mil & Miami New Drama $900,000 by Bill Hirschman

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded $2 million to Miami-Dade County to complete the project for GableStage-FAU’s theatre department to rebuild and reopen the Coconut Gro…

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Bookshelf: Hirschfeld, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Michael Caine by Bill Hirschman

By Bill Hirschman If you’re a theater aficionado and received a nice check from your mother for the holidays or maybe from a busy relative gave you a gift card to Barnes & Noble, what …

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Palm Beach Dramaworks And Theatre Lab To Host New Play Festivals On The Same Weekend by Bill Hirschman

South Florida will reinforce its commitment to new play development in January with two simultaneous new play reading festivals at Palm Beach Dramaworks and FAU Theatre Lab during the first …

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Stagebill Blog: Triumph And Tragedy — 2018 In SoFla Theater by Bill Hirschman

Breathtaking tour de forces, heartbreaking tragedies on stage and in real life, shows you've never heard of and shows you've seen three times too often, troupes taking chances - some resulti…

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Prolific Theater Artist Finds Welcoming Permanent Working Home In Wilton Manors by Bill Hirschman

For theater artist Ronnie Larsen, “the roots are setting very deep” in Wilton Manors. “It just feels right to stay here.” Larsen is a playwright, actor, director and producer “whos…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Vital Hamilton Dazzles – With Asterisks – At Broward Center by Bill Hirschman

Hamilton, which explodes with power, vitality and imagination in the Broward Center for a five-week run, is not the Second Coming as many overheated observers would have you believe. But thi…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Playwright, Patron And Pillar Tony Finstrom Died Tuesday by Bill Hirschman

Tony Finstrom, who died Tuesday at the age of 71, was a prolific playwright, an arts journalist and a generous patron, but above all Tony Finstrom was a man who loved theater down through th…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Slow Burn’s Legally Blonde Is An Early Christmas Gift — In Pink by Bill Hirschman

The Christmas season officially opened this weekend wrapped in pink. Elle Woods, leading a perky singing and dancing ensemble in Slow Burn Theatre Company’s ebullient Legally Blonde, lit u…

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

This Season’s Winter Shorts Is A Mixed Bag At City Theatre by Bill Hirschman

Much like the holiday season itself, there are things to endure and other instances that are jolly. That's the mixed bag of City Theatre's Winter Shorts now playing at the Carnival Studio Th…

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