Tuesday, May 23, 2017

‘It Shoulda Been You’ Spotlights A Major Talent At Playhouse by Bill Hirschman

The temptation is to announce that ‘a star is born’ in Actors’ Playhouse’s production of the musical It Shoulda Been You. But that would be mildly insulting to the fact that Cindy Pe…

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Go Find Your Grail With Arthur & Company At MNM’s Spamalot by Bill Hirschman

The MNM production of Monty Python’s Spamalot is silly and stupid. Thank goodness. This edition of one of the funniest musicals of the past couple of decades revels in, savors, exults, w…

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

It’s A Hard-Knock Life Between The Laughs In Inishmaan by Bill Hirschman

Palm Beach Dramaworks' team finds the special vibe of Martin McDonagh's dark comedy set in an unforgiving climate of the heart in The Cripple of Inishmaan.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

McDonagh’s Signature Drama And Humor Meld In Dramaworks’ Upcoming Cripple Of Inishmaan by Bill Hirschman

To avoid spoiling the specific emotional U-turns, all that veteran theatergoers need to know about The Cripple of Inishmaan opening at Palm Beach Dramaworks this month is that it’s a class…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

15th Cappies Honors Scores Of Student Critics and Artists by Bill Hirschman

The din of cheering, hollering teenagers exploding Tuesday wasn’t to applaud the appearance of a hip-hop celeb. Instead, the tumult in the Broward Center recognized excellence in 25 publi…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Report From New York: There’s Two Reasons To See War Paint; No Trouble Guessing What by Bill Hirschman

War Paint is primarily an opportunity to savor two of Broadway’s reigning divas Ms. Patti Lupone and Ms. Christine Ebersole commanding the stage with overwhelming power in volume and skill…

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Raucous, Raunchy, Heartrending: Thinking Cap’s Collective Rage by Bill Hirschman

Trump may have paraded his demeaning objectification of women by using the word pussy, but it’s a word celebrated over and over in Thinking Cap Theatre’s production of Collective Rage, A…

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Friday, May 12, 2017

‘Never Play It Safe’ Is The Story Of Thinking Cap Theatre Before Regional Premiere of The Bettys by Bill Hirschman

Thinking Cap Theatre is presenting the Southeastern premiere of Jen Silverman's Collective Rage: A Play In Five Betties, a timely tale of feminism echoing last winter's women's march on Wash…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Lush, Lovely And Topical ‘The King And I’ Swirls Into The Arsht by Bill Hirschman

Damaged by yet another homogenized film version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s work, few think of The King and I as a piece deeply focused on incipient feminism, international politics an…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

GableStage, Zoetic, MNM & Conundrum Reveals Skeds by Bill Hirschman

So much news: GableStage and Zoetic Stage announcing their new season with titles like The Humans and Fun Home, MNM announces partnership with the Kravis, Conundrum Stages returns to tour. E…

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Spoiler Alert: Mystery Abounds In Premiere Of Broken Snow by Bill Hirschman

Revelation after revelation – none of which the playwright wants us to spoil – are exposed like the proverbial peeling of an onion until the underlying secret lays naked in the world pre…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Stage Door’s Nine Nearly A Ten by Bill Hirschman

Broward Stage Door's production of the musical Nine, based on Fellini's 8 1/2, is a fine evening of exuberant music and even more soaring voices.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Vocal Skill And Power Dominate Verdi’s Masked Ball At FGO by Bill Hirschman

Opera is all about technique, spotlighting it, honoring it, celebrating it. So when Florida Grand Opera took on one of the most demanding works in the entire canon, Verdi’s A Masked Ball, …

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

24-Hour Theatre Project Rises Once Again At Theatre Lab by Bill Hirschman

A worn-out Hillary Clinton balked at putting on makeup before her first major address since the election. An alien queen who owns a pop-up bar came to claim its dead lounge singer. One play…

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Dear Adults: Matilda the Musical Is Much More Than Kids’ Fare by Bill Hirschman

Matilda the Musical, with a national tour that's made a stop at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, may star a cadre of kids, but it is no Annie. I say that in the…

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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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