Sunday, March 18, 2018

Stunning Sound From The Stage In FGO’s Orfeo ed Euridice by Bill Hirschman

The sound coming from the Arsht Center stage is almost unearthly and totally unexpected unless you’ve seen the opera Orfeo ed Euridice or heard the unique sound of a counter-tenor before. …

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Riverside’s Gypsy Offers Everything Fans Want by Bill Hirschman

Riverside Theatre gathers its significant resources and sure-footed confidence to mount one of the greatest American musicals ever, Gypsy. Indeed, this is a big, brawny show steeped in legen…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

More Than One Kind of Miracle: The Wick’s Lovely Brigadoon by Bill Hirschman

Graced with a soaring pulsing score, leading actors with passionate voices and a wealth of evocative choreography, the Wick Theatre’s Brigadoon lands as one of the company’s most memorab…

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Dancing Lessons Teaches More About Life Than Fancy Steps by Bill Hirschman

Dancing Lessons is punctuated with interpersonal strife, frustration, heartache and some very funny moments. But mostly Zoetic Stage’s production is a warm quiet sustained smile for a warm…

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Unabashedly Romantic South Pacific Sets Sail At The Maltz by Bill Hirschman

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s nearly flawless production with a gloriously delivered score and nuanced script is a reminder that South Pacific is a contender as one of the most affecting and…

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ Is… Well, You Can Get It If You Try by Bill Hirschman

Often critics start their reviews with some analysis of the life lessons that a theatrical work contains. Not this time. The deep inner meaning of Broward Stage Door’s peppy perky producti…

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Raucous ‘Women In Assembly’ Reflects An Unique Vision by Bill Hirschman

Thinking Cap’s world premiere, Women In Assembly, is a satirical comedy credited to Aristophanes but transmuted into a bawdy irreverent satire about Greek women taking over government and …

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Curtain Call’s Kindertransport Is A Journey To Buried Secrets by Bill Hirschman

Kindertransport from Curtain Call Playhouse only uses the 1939 exodus of Jewish children from Germany as a starting point as it focuses on much more sophisticated questions about assimilatio…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A Voyage To The South Pacific Once Again At The Maltz by Bill Hirschman

It’s likely that people involved with the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s upcoming production of South Pacific know that cynics will question why mount yet one more production of this classic. B…

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Kidnapper And Quarry Dance In Infinite Abyss’ The Collector by Bill Hirschman

Poking around dark mentalities syncs with Infinite Abyss Productions’ gleeful affection for works about people on the edges of society. But its run of The Collector, while among its stron…

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Nilsson The Obscure: The Anti-Theater of Mad Cat Theatre’s “Varry Harry” by Bill Hirschman

Watching Mad Cat productions often feels less like consuming theater and more like eavesdropping on inside jokes. The arcane references,obscure titles, the inexplicable musical interludes an…

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Once Again, Once Soars And Lands As Paean to Love by Bill Hirschman

What the musical Once illustrates on the stage of Actors Playhouse is the unparalleled power of song to capture and then share the pure pain and pleasure of love.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Color Purple’s Short Local Run At Arsht Is Uplifting Affirmation by Bill Hirschman

As overwhelming as The Color Purple is to the eyes and ears, it’s the heart that is most affected in this Broadway Across America tour production at the Arsht Center. Powerful voices trump…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Theatre Lab Revives 24-Hour Short Play Project In March by Bill Hirschman

The tradition of staging a 24-hour marathon of theater-making as a fundraiser, first used locally by Naked Stage’s founders in 2008, will continue March 4-5 to support an intern and appren…

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Silence Is More Than Golden In Small Mouth Sounds at Arsht by Bill Hirschman

Small Mouth Sounds is punctuated with grunts, moans, stamps, slaps, sighs, whimpers and snores, but other than one monologue and a disembodied voiceover from an unseen “teacher,” fewer w…

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

“Wicked” Is Still Wickedly Entertaining At Broward Center by Bill Hirschman

The highly entertaining production of Wicked isn’t just defying gravity—it’s defying expectations. It’s easy for long-time theatergoers to become a bit jaded about seeing the umpteen…

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Theaters Rolling Out The Titles For 2018-2019 Season, Part 1 by Bill Hirschman

If it’s February, then theater companies are taking advantage of the visiting snowbirds presence to announce what they hope will be an enticing slate of titles for the 2018-19 season.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

“Disaster!” Is Anything But by Bill Hirschman

If you are a Boomer (and be warned, maybe only if you’re a Boomer or their progeny), Slow Burn Theatre Company’s hilarious spoof Disaster! will be in contention for one of the silliest, …

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Life Lessons From Lombardi At Vero’s Riverside Theatre by Bill Hirschman

At the risk of sounding sexist... Riverside Theatre has opened a handsome production of a play that could turn husbands into theater patrons. It’s Lombardi, a long one-act about famed Gre…

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FAU Theatre Lab Reels Out Meta-Meta-Meta Revolutionists by Bill Hirschman

Theatre Lab’s production of Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists resembles a blindingly scintillating gem-like puzzle with an infinite number of moving parts that twist in on itself ove…

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Maltz’s An Inspector Calls Demands Mutual Responsibility by Bill Hirschman

Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s An Inspector Calls focuses with laser intent on what the evolving socialist J.B. Priestley saw as its thematic marrow -- all individuals have an inescapable respons…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Something In The Way They Sing: Rousing Beatles’ Imagine by Bill Hirschman

Aside from hearing a cast whose parents might have been in swaddling clothes when these songs were on the radio, it’s impossible to ignore that Broward Stage Door's Imagine -- A Beatles Ce…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Main Street Stages Furiously Funny Hollywood Satire by Bill Hirschman

You might want to don protective gear before seeing Clark Gable Slept Here, a pitch-black comedy by multi award-winning, versatile Miami-area playwright Michael McKeever. Folks won’t find …

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

City Theatre To Send Its Work (And Local Actors) Around The World With ‘Shorts On Ships’ by Bill Hirschman

In a move that will spread the brand of Miami-based City Theatre around the world, the company begins this month producing collections of its short plays on Azamara Club Cruises luxury ships…

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Monday, February 5, 2018

GableStage’s If I Forget: Powerful Tale of Family Strife Over Cultural History by Bill Hirschman

Raging family dysfunction played against an equally volatile backdrop of social upheaval makes for two seemingly separate but brilliantly acted and directed plays united in GableStage’s pr…

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Outre’s Reservoir Dolls Is Intriguing Idea That Stumbles by Bill Hirschman

You can’t really blame the playwright Erika Soerenson or artistic directors for thinking that a distaff reinterpretation of the Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs might make an intrigui…

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

On Golden Pond Is Pleasant Charmer At Dramaworks by Bill Hirschman

Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of On Golden Pond is a pleasing charmer suffused with warmth and aided immeasurably by a skilled cast and director. It’s well worth an evening’s diver…

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Broward Stage Door To Leave Margate For New Lauderhill Performing Arts Center by Bill Hirschman

Broward Stage Door, which has weathered a dozen fiscal and artistic highs and lows, will leave the home it established 23 years ago in an abandoned Margate movie house, and move this summer …

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Difference In Dramaworks’ ‘On Golden Pond’ Will Be Obvious by Bill Hirschman

Audiences sitting down this weekend to see Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of the venerable play On Golden Pond will get a visual shock. It’s intentional, but not quite as originally p…

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Wrestling And Racism Intersect In All Too Timely Chad Diety by Bill Hirschman

The co-production of Miami New Drama and the Asolo Repertory Theatre Company resonates so deafeningly with the current zeitgeist that it seemed to have been written last month. This mercile…

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Not Your Grandma’s Salome Cuts To The Quick At Fla Grand Opera by Bill Hirschman

Someone asked opening night whether Florida Grand Opera’s Salome was anything like early productions when its psycho-sexuality caused it to be banned in a few countries. Well, it’s doubt…

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