Saturday, April 29, 2017

Houdini Defies Death One More Time In Return To The Arsht by Bill Hirschman

(The following is an updated review from 2012  plus a feature story written about this same production’s original visit to the Arsht four years ago. Most of the cast is the same, but …

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Women Rule Across The 1960s In The Wick’s Retro Revue Beehive by Bill Hirschman

Beehive, yet another innocuous transitorily entertaining revue tracing music sung by women through the 1960s, highlights, intentionally or not, one trenchant observation. The same early Baby…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Slow Burn’s Aida May Not Top Your Wish List, But The Pop Opera Burns Down The House by Bill Hirschman

If American Idol produced a Broadway musical with choreography often found behind a diva in a stadium tour, the result would resemble Slow Burn Theatre Company’s production of Aida. The re…

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Meaning Of Life’s A Joke In Evening Star’s Waiting For Godot by Bill Hirschman

In Waiting For Godot, that classic of the Theater of the Absurd, nothing is more absurd than Man’s insistent search for some meaning in life. In Evening Star Productions’ courageous run …

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

‘No Way To Treat A Lady,’ About A Serial Killer Is Just A Light Musical Comedy — Really by Bill Hirschman

There have been few musicals about a homicidal maniac. As far as peppy musical comedies with the accent on comedy, there’s only been one about a schizophrenic serial killer, No Way To Trea…

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

MSP’s Marjorie Prime: A Second Chance To Say What Was Left Unsaid To Your Parents by Bill Hirschman

Jordan Harrison’s Marjorie Prime at Main Street Players posits 21st Century technology giving people a chance to say what was left unsaid, to finish unfinished business. The insightful scr…

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Son At Island City Stage Deserves To Be Embraced by Bill Hirschman

Just about two years after Island City Stage premiered Michael McKeever's Daniel's Husband and it currently playing off Broadway, Island City Stage takes on another world premiere play that …

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Theatre Lab Hosts 24-Hour Project To Aid New Play Festival by Bill Hirschman

The future of the 24-Hour Theatre Project – a popular fund-raiser that cemented the theater community’s solidarity – seemed endangered when its founders, the Amadeos, announced they wo…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

McKeever/Zoetic’s ‘After,’ GableStage’s ‘Royale’ Top Winners At 41st Carbonells by Bill Hirschman

Michael McKeever, a beloved and prolific figure in local theater, set a record Monday when he won his eighth Best New Work at Monday's Carbonell Awards for the scorching drama After, but he …

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Complete List Of Carbonell Awards 2016 And Statistics by Bill Hirschman

All the winners, nominees and statistics for the 41st anniversary Carbonell Awards presented Monday.

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Don’t Let Esoteric Details Dissuade You; Let Dramaworks’ Arcadia Swirl Around You by Bill Hirschman

Palm Beach Dramaworks' production of Arcadia is Tom Stoppard's love letter to the miracle of human intelligence’s pursuit of learning -- with a gentle jab at the hubris of those who are so…

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Whatever It Means, Zoetic Stage Delivers Bravura Edition Of Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker by Bill Hirschman

Zoetic Stage’s brilliantly-executed bravura production of Harold Pinter’s 1960 The Caretaker may be as baffling as Waiting For Godot. But every element of this comic drama is superb from…

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thinking Cap’s Grounded Soars With Not-To-Be Missed Effort by Bill Hirschman

Niki Fridh gives a tour de force performance under Nicole Stodard's direction in Grounded at Thinking Cap Theatre

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Get Ready For Brain-Stretching Ride In Dramaworks’ Arcadia by Bill Hirschman

When idea-hungry audiences at Palm Beach Dramaworks who have cheered Ionesco and Albee are faced with something less challenging, some complain to Producing Artistic Director William Hayes t…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dry Powder Paints Merciless Portrait Of The Conscienceless by Bill Hirschman

Dry Powder, GableStage’s excoriating tour that delves into the barren ethical landscape of big business is an unsparing drama whose copious humor comes from one character’s blithely limi…

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Timely ‘All The Way’ Exposes How Your Sausage Is Made by Bill Hirschman

Although the Actors’ Playhouse folks are working very hard to master this Everest of a play, All The Way, about Lyndon Johnson's campaign to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, this time th…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Everything’s Coming Up Roses With Lewis & Dodge In Gypsy by Bill Hirschman

Merman. Lupone. Daly. Lansbury. Taking not a scintilla away from those iconic performances, you have never seen a Mama Rose like the one Vicki Lewis incarnates in Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s u…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Something Rotten Is A Hoot For Theater Nerds & Novices Alike by Bill Hirschman

If there is a corner of Heaven reserved for musical theater nerds who know Stephen Sondheim’s middle name, likely one stage is rotating The Drowsy Chaperone, [title of show] and, as proven…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Miami New Drama’s Inventive A Special Day Finds Whimsy, Melancholy In Fascism’s Rise by Bill Hirschman

Once it gets going, Miami New Drama's A Special Day, is a hallmark of wily invention and Brechtian artifice, a celebration of theater’s ability to create something from nothing in front of…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

FGO Hosts Moving If Flawed Tale Of Gay Cuban Poet-Dissident by Bill Hirschman

The true-life narrative in Before Night Falls is profoundly powerful and undeniably affecting: Reinaldo Areneas, the gay Cuban poet, inspired by the beauty of the island but brutally oppress…

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Climb On The Raft With Huck And Jim In Slow Burn’s Big River by Bill Hirschman

Classic American values of friendship, tolerance, freedom and a sense of subversive independence are lovingly and joyously resurrected in Slow Burn Theatre Company’s Big River, a revival-l…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Working To Ignore The Ghosts In Maltz Jupiter’s Revival Of Gypsy by Bill Hirschman

When a theater revives the musical Gypsy as the Maltz Jupiter Theatre is doing this month, there is always the ghost in the room. So the challenge for director Marcia Milgrom Dodge and her f…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Stand Up, Wick Theatre’s Guys And Dolls Is Rockin’ The House by Bill Hirschman

One quiet fear of frequent theatergoers is that some well-meaning troupe will bungle a piece they love and override precious memories with mediocrity. Well, breathe easier. The Wick Theatre…

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

M Ensemble Returns Again To Canady’s Brother of the Dust by Bill Hirschman

Blood may be thicker than water, but Brothers of the Dust at M Ensemble asks whether it’s thicker than land or greed or, crucially, dreams. M Ensemble presented this family drama three yea…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Something Larger Than Life Is Missing In Riverside’s Mame by Bill Hirschman

Although Jerry Herman’s music and lyrics come alive again in Riverside Theatre’s production of Mame, there’s something missing. The larger-than-life part of this production is not ecce…

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Wick Slates Drowsy Chaperone, Brigadoon, Singing’ In The Rain by Bill Hirschman

The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton hopes that musicals connected to popular films will be an alluring draw in its fifth season, based on the three of the five titles it announced this week. But …

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Danny Kaye Musical Entertains But Danny Himself Is AWOL by Bill Hirschman

The Kid From Brooklyn, a bio-musical about Danny Kaye at Broward Stage Door, is blessed with strong singers, likable performers, a peppy period score, a fine live band, a few touching moment…

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Off-Beat ‘Love And Human Remains’ Fails In Its Ambition by Bill Hirschman

While Infinite Abyss deserves praise for attempting the abysmal script for Love and Human Remains, they simply cannot force this intentionally bizarre journey rife with explicit sex, nudity,…

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Fuacata!: Zoetic Stage’s Hilarious And Touching Journey Through Miami-Dade’s Latina Culture by Bill Hirschman

When Elena Maria Garcia, one of the finest comediennes in the region, and Stuart Meltzer, one of the finest directors, team up to co-write Fuácata! (Or a Latina’s Guide to Surviving the U…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Can It Happen Here? Mad Cat’s Surreal Take on Vaclav Havel Plays Will Unnerve Patrons by Bill Hirschman

Mad Cat Theatre's production of Vaclav Havel's one acts Protest and Audience draw uncomfortably relevant visions of repressive totalitarian society.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mermaid Plays Swimmingly But You Can’t Understand Singing by Bill Hirschman

The tour of The Little Mermaid is engaging and enthusiastic playing at the Broward Center’s Broadway Across America series. The problem is you likely will not understand 10 percent of the …

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