Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Now The National Leader, City Theatre’s Long History Championing The Short Play by Bill Hirschman

For some who view two-part events on Broadway and five-hour epic tragedies as the height of the theatrical form, the 10-minute play is condescendingly tolerated as the poor relation at the a…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Painful Drama, Absurdist Comedy Commingle In Dramaworks’ House on Fire by Bill Hirschman

The script and the production of Palm Beach Dramworks need some refining, but when it’s most in the pocket, the world premiere of Lyle Kessler's House on Fire dances a delicate pas de deux…

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Wick’s Annie With Sally Struthers Reliably Entertaining by Bill Hirschman

It’s not that it’s impossible to mess up the musical Annie, but when you have a reliable troupe of talented hands like those connected to the current Wick Theatre production, you are gua…

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The Hamilton Survival Guide by Bill Hirschman

The ground-breaking record-breaking Tony-winning Pulitzer-winning musical Hamilton is expected to attract unprecedented numbers of fans and newcomers when the national tour arrives at the Br…

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Colorful Miami Motel Stories: MiMo Is Trip Through Time by Bill Hirschman

How do you get a younger demographic to go see a play? Well, if it isn't Hamilton, it is difficult, sometimes impossible, to get those, let's say, under the age of 40-somethings to a live th…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Angie Radosh Gives Harrowing Performance In Breadcrumbs by Bill Hirschman

Angie Radosh’s face, not to mention her body language, provides an unimpeded view deep into the soul of a writer battling an inevitable descent into the spiral of Alzheimer’s disease in …

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Family Strife, Motherhood & Hope In Theatre Lab’s Tar Beach by Bill Hirschman

The emotional cauterizing of an already withdrawn teenager by a family dynamic of furious fights and fierce sibling rivalry forms the core of Tammy Ryan’s Tar Beach, receiving a sensitive …

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Exploring The New Work: Dramaworks’ House On Fire by Bill Hirschman

When a theater produces Death of a Salesman , it’s not unknown territory. The director can adopt, adapt or depart from what has been done before. But when it’s a world premiere such as P…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Tale As Old As Time — With Puppets: Beauty And The Beast by Bill Hirschman

It’s unfair to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast -- which is as thoroughly charming on its own merits as you could ask -- but understandable that the focus is diverted to …

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Report From New York: The Prom Is Very Strange Strangers In A Strange Land by Bill Hirschman

Usually in “fish out of water” comedies, the fish are surprised to find themselves out of the water and spend most of the evening trying to get back to familiar aquatic climes. But in th…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Report From New York: Mean Girls Surprisingly Charming by Bill Hirschman

For those convinced that theater has no future among pre-Millenials, you should have been with us a few weeks ago when we made a belated visit to a Sunday matinee of the musical version of t…

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

It Ain’t Easy Being 18: GableStage’s Lacerating Actually by Bill Hirschman

It can be argued whether Anna Ziegler’s Actually is a perfect piece of art, but it’s hard to argue that the dizzyingly thought-filled drama at GableStage has captured the angst and confl…

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Report From New York: Just Closed ‘The Nap’ And ‘Inner Voices’ Worth A Local Look by Bill Hirschman

We’re back from our trip to New York to scout out productions you might want to see (or not), shows that might tour South Florida and scripts that might be worth reviving in our regional…

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Magic Planned For The Maltz’s Beauty & The Beast Is Puppetry by Bill Hirschman

By Bill Hirschman When the musical Beauty and the Beast works, theater magic flows from the stage. But it’s been done so often – a long run on Broadway, multiple national tours, the orig…

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Welcome Hello, Dolly! With Bravura Betty Buckley by Bill Hirschman

By Bill Hirschman There’s not much in life that you can say this about, but the national tour of Hello, Dolly! is everything you hope it will be. For anyone under the age of 50 who wonders…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

MNM’s Grease Struts Its Stuff When The Music Starts by Bill Hirschman

If you hire strong voices as they did in MNM Theatre Company’s production, the venerable musical Grease cannot help but be entertaining with its elbow-nudging pastiche of faux late ‘50s-…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Report From New York: New Daniel’s Husband Gets New Vibe by Bill Hirschman

When a script is as strong as Michael McKeever’s Carbonell-winning Daniel’s Husband and begins to develop legs beyond its local premiere, one pleasure seeing it produced elsewhere is not…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Report From New York: A Terrifying Portrait Of Dementia In The Waverly Gallery by Bill Hirschman

If you are or have been the caregiver to a senior suffering with dementia, delusions and/or Alzheimer’s disease, the revival of The Waverly Gallery is a pain-riven reminder of the mutual a…

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Buyer & Cellar: The Price Of Celebrity And Celebrity Worship by Bill Hirschman

Jonathan Tolins’ satirical Buyer & Cellar provides a steady supply of giggles and guffaws in this tale about an actor hired by Barbra Streisand to staff in shops that she built in the…

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Pull The Wig Down Off The Shelf With Slow Burn’s Hedwig by Bill Hirschman

Slow Burn Theatre hembraces this glam/grunge rock musical headlined by a protagonist who suffered a botched sex-change operation. It’s an in-your-face raunchy celebration of alternative …

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Friday, November 9, 2018

The Report From New York : King Kong’s Beast Is Amazing; The Musical Not So Amazing by Bill Hirschman

“Amazing” is a word you don’t read in too many theater reviews. So keeping in mind that it’s well-considered use here requires a lot of contextual “yets” and “buts,” King Kon…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thinking Cap’s King Lear Is A Study In Imagination by Bill Hirschman

Peter Wayne Galman in Thinking Cap Theatre's production is a likeable Lear. He's also narcissistic, ego-centric, driven, demanding, confused, playful and timeless. It helps that Galman deli…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

FGO’s Authentic La bohème; Results Are Perfect Puccini by Bill Hirschman

Florida Grand Opera's presentation of La bohème is authentically true to Puccini's original right down to the pink bonnet. Besides an impressive visual production, this would still stand be…

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American Son Is Powerful Meld of Racial Strife And Parenting by Bill Hirschman

The pre-opening publicity of Christopher Demos-Brown’s racially-charged play on Broadway, American Son, has focused on its inescapable resonance with the tumultuous zeitgeist – a virtue …

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Maltz’s Steel Magnolias Wilts by Bill Hirschman

The perennial tear-jerking Steel Magnolias, now at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre ought to work, but doesn't succeed this time.. But those objectivity. Those seeking theater that provokes or stim…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

More Than One Way To Combat Racism In “One Night In Miami” by Bill Hirschman

The insightful examination in the play One Night in Miami from Miami New Drama depicts four different approaches used by African-American icons -- Malcolm X, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and the ch…

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Friday, November 2, 2018

2017-18 Silver Palms Recipients Announced, Gala in December by Bill Hirschman

Thirty individuals and organizations will receive the South Florida Silver Palm Theatre Awards this December, founded eleven years ago to honor theatrical excellence, the organization announ…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A Floridian On Broadway: Demos-Brown And American Son by Bill Hirschman

Maybe it’s walking under a Times Square marquee with his name emblazoned overhead. Maybe it’s seeing a title memorialized on that distinctive Playbill cover. Maybe it’s being asked for…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Tennessee’s Stories Sing In Nightingale But Script Rambles by Bill Hirschman

Confessions of a Nightingale spends time listening to Tennessee Williams escorts visitors through a rambling tour of his life. Actor Christopher Dreeson and director Jeffrey Bruce have worke…

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Riverside’s Smokey Joe’s Cafe – A Magical Night of Music by Bill Hirschman

There’s a party going on at the Riverside Theatre where the jukebox is smokin’! The nostalgic revue Smokey Joe’s Cafe celebrates the music of Leiber and Stoller, whose tunes influenced…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

The Wick’s Pirates Is The Very Model Of A Modern G&S by Bill Hirschman

This may seem a backhanded compliment, but it is meant with awe : The most memorable aspect of The Wick Theatre’s The Pirates of Penzance is you can understand the bloody words. The produc…

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