Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Report From New York: Inky Comedy Hand To God Is Riveting, Riotous And Deeply Unnerving by Bill Hirschman

“Dark comedy” usually refers to a blithely cynical or whistling-past-the-graveyard attitude, but in the hilarious and unnerving Hand To God the darkness is pure visceral evil.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Report From New York: Something Rotten Is Far From It by Bill Hirschman

From Elizabethan actors lining up ala A Chorus Line with oil paintings for their headshots, to a preening rock star Shakespeare spouting his greatest hits to a sycophantic crowd, Something R…

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Theatre League Offers Free Readings All Summer And Free Tickets To Fully-Staged Plays by Bill Hirschman

Ticket prices are not an obstacle to interested theatergoers once again this summer through the South Florida Theatre League’s annual Summer Theatre Fest that provides free tickets to majo…

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fine Cast Still Can’t Make Book Club Much Of A Page Turner by Bill Hirschman

Professionalism is the only explanation why this much talent—the cream of South Florida theater from the director to the cast to the creative team -- invested itself so deeply into the fla…

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Bell Book And Candle Only Intermittently Casts A Spell by Bill Hirschman

Broward Stage Door’s quite serviceable but not bewitching production of this 1951 fantasy love story doesn’t feel especially magical in the first act, but it locates the right bag of pix…

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Student Critics and Thespians Honored At 13th Annual Cappies by Bill Hirschman

The Critics’ Awards Program, or Cappies, recognizing outstanding achievement in high school theater at the 13th Annual Cappies Awards Gala were held Tuesday at the Broward Center for the P…

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Dramaworks’ “Lady Day” Is A Tour De Force Play With Music by Bill Hirschman

Veil after veil are slowly stripped away from the elegant sophisticated stage persona that is “Billie Holiday” until standing exposed is a blunted devastated victim of racism, sexism and…

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Affair In Reverse Provides Thoughtful Fodder In Betrayal by Bill Hirschman

If God is omniscient, He must be inconsolably sad. Zoetic Stage’s superb production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal puts its audience in that poignant and painful position in which Knowledge…

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Report From New York: Fun Home Is Profound Look Back At Who And What Made Us by Bill Hirschman

After love, compassion has to be the highest virtue of humanity. That tender melding of sympathy and forgiveness for human failings and their resulting tragedy suffuse the transcendent music…

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Spoof Of ’30s Musicals, Dames At Sea, Lands At The Wick by Bill Hirschman

We were tough last week on the national tour of Anything Goes. If those folks want to know what we were hoping to see, they should take the day off and drop in on what The Wick Theatre is do…

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

FGO’s English Language “The Consul” Is Affecting Nightmare by Bill Hirschman

Florida Grand Opera's production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul is somehow far more emotionally potent than fairy tale stories of ancient star-crossed Egyptian beauties and 19th centur…

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Pigs Do Fly Launches Seven Short Plays For The Over 50 Set by Bill Hirschman

Ellen Wacher’s Pigs Do Fly Productions opens its second season by, for and about people over 50 years old arguing that Fitzgerald was wrong with its newest anthology of playlets under the …

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Breaking News: Arts Garage Hires Garsson & Croft But Boca Guild & Primal Forces Absorbed by Bill Hirschman

Arts Garage has partnered with veteran theater figures Keith Garsson and Genie Croft to resume presenting productions in the converted municipal garage in downtown Delray Beach. But the new…

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

So-So Anything Goes: Better You Should Listen To The Cast Album by Bill Hirschman

It would be inaccurate to compare the soggy national tour of the sea-borne Anything Goes to the Titanic. But if there ever was proof that Broward Center audiences will give a standing ovatio…

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Outre’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Is, Well, Bloody Good by Bill Hirschman

With bracing anger, profuse profanity and biting satire that is more slashing than surgical, Outre Theatre Company's Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson will not to be everyone’s taste but for th…

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Complete List Of Nominees For 13th Cappies Awards for SoFla High School Theater Students by Bill Hirschman

For those who think young people don’t care about theater, witness the hundreds of South Florida high school students involved in the nominations announced this week for the 13th annual Ca…

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Coming To A Florida Theater Near You? Humana Festival Showcases New Plays by Bill Hirschman

All hell breaks loose in The Glory of the World by Charles Mee at the Humana Festival of New Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville / All photos by Bill Brymer By Bill Hirschman As before, th…

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Some Drama Kicks Off A Chorus Line At Broward Stage Door by Bill Hirschman

Most critics despise adding a letter grade to their review. But watching Broward Stage Door’s admirable production of A Chorus Line kept bringing up over and over the idea of a “B” and…

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Seeking A Path Through The Past In Redwood Curtain by Bill Hirschman

Lanford Wilson’s wistful and whimsical play Redwood Curtain postulates that the past we stock our psyche with becomes something integral to our being that has to be faced down if we are to…

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Coconut Grove Playhouse Resurrection Finally Get Watershed Approvals by Bill Hirschman

More than a decade after efforts began to rescue the financially failing Coconut Grove Playhouse, the Miami-Dade County Commission voted to hire an architect to design a $20 million theater …

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Words Are The Heroines In Thinking Cap’s Vita And Virginia by Bill Hirschman

In theory, Vita and Virginia details the relationship between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. But the real romance is a profligate, glorious love affair with words, with language, w…

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Satire Skewers Pursuit Of Celebrity In The Little Dog Laughed At Island City by Bill Hirschman

Can a meaningful relationship blossom in a world where cynicism and self-interest seem to trump integrity and burgeoning affection? Island City Stage’s production of Douglas Carter Beane…

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Evening Star’s The Addams Family Gamely Delivers The Goofy Giggles In A Flawed Script by Bill Hirschman

There’s enough giggles and grins in Evening Star Productions' The Addams Family delivered by these game, committed thespians to keep this production mildly diverting, but they still are fi…

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Breaking News: Two-Theater Coconut Grove Playhouse Proposal Taken Off The Table by Bill Hirschman

A citizens’ group that pushed for 14 months for a larger, more ambitious complex for the Coconut Grove Playhouse resurrection project has shelved its plan indefinitely because the Miami-Da…

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Slow Burn Theatre’s Ambitious Rent Pays Off In Spectacle by Bill Hirschman

Slow Burn Theatre Company's Rent is ambitious, daring, electric and 2 1/2 hours of non-stop rock 'n' roll — a no-holds barred, take chances, go-out-on-a-limb spectacle. But when stripped o…

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Where’s Whoopi? Sister Act Is Button-Pushing Mediocrity by Bill Hirschman

Sister Act is not a terrible musical; it even has amusing and mildly entertaining passages. But the national tour at the Arsht Center is also a head-shaking mediocrity that begs an answer to…

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Theatre Critics Award Steinberg And Osborn Playwriting Award by Bill Hirschman

The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has selected Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale as the recipient of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Awar…

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The Magnificents Is Old Fashioned Entertainment by Bill Hirschman

The Magnificents, The House Theatre of Chicago's production that's playing inside the intimate Carnival Studio Theater at the Adrienne Arsht Center, is pure and simple and classic entertainm…

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Magnificents Is Theatrical Ode To Classic Magic At Arsht by Bill Hirschman

By Michelle F. Solomon If the House Theater of Chicago’s Death and Harry Houdini was about neglecting life in the pursuit of conquering death, The Magnificents is the other side of the…

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Women Playing Hamlet Wryly Examines An Actor’s Inner Life by Bill Hirschman

For such a very funny play, the world premiere of Women Playing Hamlet at New Theatre digs deeply into that alchemical process when an actor draws on their own life experience to create a cr…

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Wick’s O-o-o-o-o-klahoma! Is Tuneful Mainstream Fairy Tale by Bill Hirschman

The Wick Theatre’s Oklahoma! is an apple cheek fairy tale drawn in only two dimensions, a broad musical comedy sprightly painted with bright vibrant colors that will not fail to entertain …

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