Friday, August 23, 2019

Outre Theatre Company Plans To Close After One More Show by Bill Hirschman

Outré Theatre Company, a peripatetic troupe that has specialized in contemporary plays and musicals with an edgy sensibility since 2011, is planning to produce one last show and then close …

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Empire’s Clemenza & Tessio Fleshes Out Minor Characters And Makes Them Whole by Bill Hirschman

For theater folks and movie buffs, the title is a giveaway, Clemenza & Tessio Are Dead. Those with a knowledge of theater will think of Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Theatre League’s Remy Awards To Be Bestowed At Monday Gala by Bill Hirschman

South Florida Theatre League will bestow Remy Awards Monday in Fort Lauderdale, honoring “unsung heroes who provide outstanding service behind the scenes of the South Florida Theatre Leagu…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Something Wicked This Way Comes: New City’s Macbeth by Bill Hirschman

By Bill Hirschman The ominous omens in New City Players’ energetic and passionate Macbeth actually portend promising things for South Florida theater. The rarely spoken of deficiency in of…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Report From New York: Jake Gyllenhaal, Sturridge Ponder Meaning Of Fatherhood by Bill Hirschman

Fathers — becoming one, being one and losing one — are the connective tissue of Sea Wall/A Life, the emotional double bill of two one-acts currently at the Hudson Theatre . While the per…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Report From New York: Bat Out Of Hell (The Musical) — You Already Know If You Should Go by Bill Hirschman

The musical theater evening inspired by Steinman’s classic 1977 album Bat Out of Hell is precisely what you expect it to be. For some, that means pure nirvana. Others not as inclined shoul…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Report From New York: ‘Love Noel’ Revue Is Entertaining Gift From Noel Coward by Bill Hirschman

The lovely, witty and sometimes caustic songs of Noël Coward are receiving an energetic and heartfelt revival in the highly entertaining Love, Noël: The Songs and Letters of Noël Coward, …

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Starmaker Premiere At Island City Brings Back Old Hollywood by Bill Hirschman

Starmaker, getting its world premiere at Island City Stage, is about Henry Willson, the agent behind the hunky male stars of the 1950s, who, while fooling the cameras as straight sex symbols…

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Lightning Bolt’s Showcases Hair’s Best & Worst Tendencies by Bill Hirschman

Hair is a weird show, and not because the characters are weird. To the contrary, the flower children of the Vietnam era, which it explores with both affection and criticism, have arguably ag…

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Report From New York: Tootsie Has Own Vibe, Not Copy Of Film by Bill Hirschman

The creators of Tootsie, a Broadway musical destined to tour near you , made a brilliant and courageous choice to abandon duplicating the 1982 Sydney Pollack film starring Dustin Hoffman, an…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Men On Boats — All Played By Women — Is A Goofball Pageant, Not A Feminist Manifesto by Bill Hirschman

Main Street Players’ tongue-in-cheek production of Men On Boats -- in which women portray the male explorers of the Colorado River -- is basically a declamatory sixth grade history pagean…

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew Is GableStage Benchmark Triumph by Bill Hirschman

Amid a constellation of superb theater from GableStage comes a supernova of passion, pain and socio-political protest in Dominique Morisseau’s scorching drama Skeleton Crew. Its portrayal …

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Murder For Two Is a Welcome Summer Farce At Playhouse by Bill Hirschman

As in troubling days in the past, once again farce provides a welcome dose of mindless zaniness that even the real life actors on the world stage cannot not equal. Add the musical mystery Mu…

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

She Shorts Is Female-Centric, But Message Is For Everyone by Bill Hirschman

Alright ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, she’s and he’s, and those who would prefer not to self-identify, Thinking Cap Theatre and City Theatre’s summer short play fest, She Short…

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Report From New York: ‘Toni Stone’ Hits A Home Run by Bill Hirschman

Live theater’s ability to transport us to different situations and show us others’ stories makes a solid home run in the play Toni Stone, now receiving a rousing, heartfelt production th…

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Percy Jackson Musical The Lightning Thief Mixes Young Adult Classic With Rock Vibe by Bill Hirschman

Theatreworks USA’s touring production of The Lightning Thief is what results from mixing a young adult classic with a rock concert vibe à la Rent: a sometimes intense, yet always laid bac…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Uplifting Come From Away Is Season’s Don’t Miss Highlight by Bill Hirschman

Even writing about it the next day, the warmth still glows. In this time, to quote a lyric from another show, “of cold and darkness, in this terrifying night,” the affirmation of basic h…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Jolt Productions’ First Musical Is Winning ‘The Wedding Singer’ by Bill Hirschman

The Wedding Singer musical is a lively winning goofball vibe poking good-natured fun at that geological era known as “The ‘80s” in the inaugural offering of Jolt Productions, a profess…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

‘Glitter And Be Gay’ Proudly At Slow Burn’s Outrageous Priscilla by Bill Hirschman

Intentional or not, Slow Burn Theatre Company producing Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the height of Pride Week, near the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, is the ultimate synergi…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Dancing Mobsters: Bronx Tale Shouldn’t Work But It Does by Bill Hirschman

The national tour of A Bronx Tale is proof that if producers hire enough really talented people, you can make an inarguably entertaining musical out of damn near anything.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Nick Duckart Is Coming Home With ‘Come From Away’ by Bill Hirschman

Hialeah-born actor Nick Duckart is coming home again from New York City. But he is a long way from the days struggling to sell televisions at Circuit City or vending souvenirs for shows at L…

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

M Ensemble’s ‘Sisters’ Delves Into Black Lives That Matter by Bill Hirschman

Sisters opens and closes exactly as expected – two women from disparate socio-economic backgrounds spar and clash, but two hours later have bonded over the common need to remake their liv…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

News: PPTOPA Goes Pro, Theatre League’s Summer Fest, Amico Honored, Amparo Extends Again by Bill Hirschman

News items about PPTOPA hiring professionals, the South Florida Theatre League opens its annual summer festival, Michael Amico wins the Vic Award, Amparo extends again

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Sparkling Wit Suffuses Island City’s Veronica’s Position by Bill Hirschman

Creatures with the kind of quick wicked wit you only wish you had, the kind who rarely let pass the opportunity for a pithy exit line, populate Rich Orloff’s Veronica’s Position in Islan…

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Summer Shorts 2019 Unusually Consistently Entertaining by Bill Hirschman

This 24th annual Summer Shorts festival of short plays scores as the most consistent, polished and satisfying work beginning to end that City Theatre has produced in recent seasons.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

From Carbonells To Theater At Large, Is South Florida Serving Its Hispanic And Black Artists? by Bill Hirschman

This year’s Carbonells with its all-white roster of winners in the performance and directing categories was simply the boiling point in a discussion that has long simmered behind the curta…

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Winners Of 17th Cappies Honoring Students In The Theater And Criticism 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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Thursday, May 23, 2019

City Commissioners Fail To Override Mayor’s Veto On Coconut Grove Playhouse by Bill Hirschman

The Miami-Dade County plan to resurrect the iconic Coconut Grove Playhouse once again suffered a setback Thursday when the Miami City Commission failed to override its mayor’s veto. But co…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

No Doubt At All: Playhouse’s Doubt Will Make You Think by Bill Hirschman

Actors' Playhouse's Doubt is not about guilt or innocence. It’s about doubt. The nature of doubt. The fallout of doubt. Living with doubt. Deciding whether to act when you have doubt. In t…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Breaking News: County “Prepared” To Sue City Over Grove Playhouse Rebuff by Bill Hirschman

Miami-Dade County is “prepared” to sue the City of Miami in order to proceed with its plan to resurrect the Coconut Grove Playhouse, said a county official spearheading the project.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

How Your Sausage Is Made in D.C.: GableStage’s Kings by Bill Hirschman

Few plays have been as ruthlessly photographic depicting the pornographic incest of lobbying and corruption as well as the clash of idealism and pragmatism as Sarah Burgess’ Kings, current…

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