Monday, March 2, 2015

Minor Quibbles Aside, Success Still In The Cards For Gin Game by Bill Hirschman

More so than the play’s sudden violence or its firecracker bursts of profanity, it’s The Gin Game’s references to nursing homes as God’s waiting rooms that stick with you in Evening …

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Florida Grand Opera Dives Into Georges Bizet’s Pearl Fishers by Bill Hirschman

The audience is not likely to be emotionally transported by the Florida Grand Opera’s production of Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, but the skills of the principal singers exuding unu…

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Uplifting Man Of La Mancha Sallies Forth At The Wick by Bill Hirschman

We’re still in the height of the theatrical season with many productions opening during the next two weeks. To find reviews of all the current productions, click on the “Reviews” tab i…

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Friday, February 27, 2015

The Seven Year Itch at Miami Theater Center – Lessons from the Critics: An Op-Ed Piece by Bill Hirschman

An Opinion Piece By Spencer Stewart Mr. Stewart has objected to many aspects of our specific review of Miami Theater Center’s recent production of The Seven Year Itch (To read it, click he…

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Scott Shiller To Leave Arsht To Be Denver Center CEO And Prez by Bill Hirschman

Scott Shiller, who transformed the Arsht Center into a catalyst developing local artists as well as widening the array of visiting attractions, is leaving at the end of April to head the Den…

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Powerful Motown The Musical Burns Down the House by Bill Hirschman

They had me from hello, or at least from the wailing wall of distinctive sound given unprecedented power in the opening bars of Motown the Musical. It erupted like molten lava from the pit a…

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Outre Theatre Company & Kravis On Bway Name Next Seasons by Bill Hirschman

The wide range of theater available in South Florida – from Matilda to Medea -- was underscored Monday with the announcements of 2015-2016 seasons for two very different but ambitious grou…

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Don’t Scratch This Itch At MTC by Bill Hirschman

We want theaters to take chances and Miami Theater Center has bravely invested its artistic vision into classics like Three Sisters. But MTC has missed the target so badly in its misbegotte…

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Motown The Musical Drives The Fans To Talk About Memories by Bill Hirschman

As the conductor of the pit orchestra at the national tour of Motown the Musical, Darryl Archibald is the person most accessible to the revved-up audience in the white hot afterglow of fans …

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dramaworks Reveals Next Summer’s Concerts And 2015-2016 Season by Bill Hirschman

Palm Beach Dramaworks unveiled its 2015-2016 slate as well as its upcoming summer concert series, a meld of classic theater that few other companies undertake as well as acclaimed works from…

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ragtime: A Slide Show Of Rehearsals And Life Back Stage At Actors’ Playhouse by Bill Hirschman

For years, George Schiavone has been documenting life back stage. Since the beginning of rehearsals of Actors’ Playhouse’s Ragtime, he has been shooting photos of the rehearsal and produ…

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Ragtime: A Slide Show Of Rehearsals And Life Back Stage At Actors’ Playhouse by Bill Hirschman

For years, George Schiavone has been documenting life back stage. Since the beginning of rehearsals of Actors’ Playhouse’s Ragtime, he has been shooting photos of the rehearsal and produ…

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Florida Grand Opera To Stay In Broward Center In 2015-16 by Bill Hirschman

The Florida Grand Opera will continue to perform in Broward County next season. The financially-challenged FGO did not quite raise the $600,000 that officials said they needed. Vut an anonym…

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Monday, February 16, 2015

New Seasons In Spotlight At The Wick And Actors’ Playhouse by Bill Hirschman

Familiar titles and lesser known shows punctuate the 2015-2016 schedules released this week for The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton and Actors Playhouse on the Miracle Mile, ranging from West Sid…

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Next Season’s Bway Tours In FTL Include 4 Recent Tony Winners by Bill Hirschman

Four of the six shows slated for the 2015-2016 Broadway Across Fort Lauderdale season earned Tony Awards in just the past few years, and two of them will be seen for the first time in South …

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Maltz Sells Scorching, Atypically Profane Glengarry Glen Ross by Bill Hirschman

The Maltz Jupiter Theatre delivers a courageous and skilled revival of Glengarry Glen Ross that depicts a group of foul-mouthed cutthroat Chicago real estate for whom nothing is out of bound…

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I Love You, You’re Perfect Etc. Returns Intact At Stage Door by Bill Hirschman

If you’ve never seen I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (highly unlikely that) or if it’s been quite a while since you last saw it, the Broward Stage Door delivers a warm assured p…

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Letters To The Editor From Samuel French Reference Waldman-Troutman Production, And Their Response by Bill Hirschman

What follows are a series of letters reflecting the controversy between Samuel French, the play licensing company, and Delray Square Performing Arts about the theater’s production of the m…

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Slow Burn, Maltz & Stage Door Raise Curtain On Next Season by Bill Hirschman

The snow up North notwithstanding, one early sign of winter’s ebb is that theaters in South Florida try to entice the current crop of snowbirds to sign up for their next season by releasin…

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Breaking News: The Women’s Theatre Project Closes For Good by Bill Hirschman

The Women’s Theatre Project, the Carbonell-nominated company focused on works by and about women, is closing after 33 productions over 14 years. TWTP won strong support among theatergoers …

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

New Theatre’s Twelve Angry Men Plays With Conviction by Bill Hirschman

This 61-year-old Twelve Angry Men gets an effective production in New Theatre’s edition of what it rightfully deems an American classic. A dozen actors give some of the better performances…

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Formulaic Newsies Still Enchants With Joyous Dancing by Bill Hirschman

It’s fortunate that Newsies is a dance-centric musical because much of the lyrics and dialogue were nearly impossible to understand in the national tour visiting the Arsht Center from Broa…

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Island City Stage Challenges With Gripping Octopus by Bill Hirschman

Sartre's existentialism tips the iceberg of what Steve Yockey's play Octopus takes on in its oddly dark comic and tumultuous story. . While it may leave some scratching their heads, there's …

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Monday, February 2, 2015

FGO Extends Broward Deadline; Reveals 2015-2016 Season by Bill Hirschman

Florida Grand Opera has extended its deadline two weeks to raise enough money to continue performing next season at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Trot Out The Superlatives For Actors’ Playhouse’s Ragtime by Bill Hirschman

But as far as large-scale Broadway musicals, Ragtime stands as Actors’ finest mainstream work ever, as accessible and satisfying as it is passionate and thoughtful. Anyone who cares about …

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Heart Is Just Another Tool To Exploit In Dramaworks’ Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Bill Hirschman

When done well, the astringent Les Liaisons Dangereuses is an increasingly horrifying descent into s morally bankrupt aristocratic society. Palm Beach Dramaworks’ solidly executed and lush…

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Parade Productions’ Undo Charts Divorce By Replaying Wedding In Reverse by Bill Hirschman

Undo's premise – a Jewish divorce ceremony that rewinds a couple’s wedding day -- sounds so much like a sitcom episode that you keep expecting it to slide into shallow farce. But it doe…

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Come Hear The Music Play: Darker, Lewder, Deeper Cabaret by Bill Hirschman

Broward Stage Door’s courageously adult and resplendently lewd production of Cabaret ain’t your condo grandmother’s musical comedy. The only thing missing from this vision echoing the …

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DreamCatcher’s Uneven Into The Woods Thrills And Disappoints by Bill Hirschman

This Into The Woods by DreamCatcher Theatre and Theater Up Close is so heartbreakingly uneven that it may bring Sondheim lovers close to tears. Long stretches are so skillfully and lovingly …

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Monday, January 26, 2015

McCraney’s Choir Boy Examines Individual Struggling With A Conformist Society by Bill Hirschman

A gay teenager leading a religious-based choir at a regimented prep school for African-American boys is a perfect theatrical metaphor for an individualist struggling to square his uncompromi…

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FGO’s Cosi Fan Tutte Is Hilariously Comic And Indefensibly Cruel by Bill Hirschman

At the end of Florida Grand Opera’s beautifully performed and comical edition of the Mozart farce Cosi Fan Tutte, you’ll want to take the heroes into a dark alley and beat them with a t…

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