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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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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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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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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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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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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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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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Friday, April 3, 2015

Intriguing Thought-Provoking Look At The Nature Of God On GableStage’s New Jerusalem by Bill Hirschman

The central tenets of Baruch de Spinoza's rationalist ethos are explored exhaustively and exhaustingly in GableStage’s intriguing production of David Ives’ New Jerusalem which surely co…

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Lots Of Circus Spectacle But Not A Lot Of Heart In New Pippin by Bill Hirschman

Aerialists contort their muscles aloft on trapezes. Tumblers leap through hoops. Performers juggle knives and fiery torches. And somewhere under all that flash and glitter is the beloved Pip…

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Dramawork’s Buried Child Is Harrowing Thrilling Theater by Bill Hirschman

Palm Beach Dramaworks' Buried Child is not a pleasant evening of entertainment; it’s more of scathing abrasion therapy that purges the mental palate with fare that is as harrowing as a plo…

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

39th Carbonell Awards Honors Excellence At Theater Prom by Bill Hirschman

Hundreds of theater professionals and fans gathered Monday night in tuxes and gowns at theater prom better known as The 39th Carbonell Awards on Monday night.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

2015 Carbonell Award Winners by Bill Hirschman

Best New Work (Play or Musical) (4 nominees) ** Clark Gable Slept Here, Michael McKeever, Zoetic Stage Cuban Spring, Vanessa Garcia, New Theatre Have I Got a Girl for You, Josh Mesnick, Isla…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

John Rubinstein & Pippin: I’ve Heard That Song Somewhere by Bill Hirschman

Déjà vu is inevitable for John Rubinstein as he portrays the father of the title protagonist in Pippin revival’s national tour coming to the Broward Center next week. After all, Rubinste…

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Palm Beach Dramaworks To Unearth Shepard’s Buried Child by Bill Hirschman

By Michelle F. Solomon Director J. Barry Lewis has a way of approaching a play like Sam Shepard’s Buried Child, the Pulitzer Prize-winning work that gets a staging by Palm Beach Dramaw…

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Stage Door Resurrects Cohan, Vaudeville & Vintage Broadway by Bill Hirschman

Vaudeville and vintage musical comedy may be dead but the ghost of the emperor of that era resurrects them in Broward Stage Door’s enthusiastic revival of the one-man George M. Cohan Tonig…

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

This Is A First Date Worth Going Out On At Actors’ Playhouse by Bill Hirschman

The utterly charming new show at Actors’ Playhouse is a musical for, by and about the 21st Century Urban Neurotic Young Adult in that eternal crucible of awkward human relations: the "Firs…

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Earthquake: One Night Only, Benefit For Mad Cat Theatre by Bill Hirschman

A new play, Earthquake, written and directed by Mad Cat Theatre Company member Jessica Farr, will be performed one night only, in a benefit performance, as part of the South Beach Comedy Fes…

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Breaking News: Parade Productions Takes Final Bow by Bill Hirschman

The three-year-old Parade Productions is shutting down as a purveyor of professional theater, its founder reported Wednesday.

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ATCA/Steinberg Six Finalists Named For New Plays Contest by Bill Hirschman

The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has selected six finalists for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for …

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Iris Acker, Naked Stage, Shiller To Be Honored With Carbonells by Bill Hirschman

The Carbonell Awards will bestow its highest honors this month: Arsht Executive Vice President and Carbonell President oScott Shiller will receive the George Abbott Award, actress-director-p…

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Monday, March 16, 2015

The Sound Of Music Is Maltz’s Secret To Stunning Les Miz by Bill Hirschman

Viewing the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s Les Misérables is like watching an art restorer wipe away decades of obscuring grime from a canvas and savoring what you forgot was hidden underneath …

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Heartfelt Performances Elevate Thinking Cap’s Patsy Cline by Bill Hirschman

By Bill Hirschman Savoring the pungent joy and sorrow of Always…Patsy Cline does not require the audience to love the Eisenhower Era musical moment when country-western music began morphin…

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Friday, March 13, 2015

On 8th Visit, Wicked Retains Some Of The Magic, But Actors Really Pump Up The Heart by Bill Hirschman

After 14 years and counting on Broadway, a decade on the road and on its eighth visit to South Florida, some of the magic should have vanished from the musical Wicked. But the tour has not o…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Coconut Grove Playhouse Reaches Crucial Stage Thursday by Bill Hirschman

The resurrection of the Coconut Grove Playhouse is poised to take a major step forward Thursday afternoon, but precisely what that phoenix will look like when it rises is nearly guaranteed t…

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Tyrrell’s Arts Garage Takes Final Bow With Uncertain Terms by Bill Hirschman

The key to enjoying world premieres like Uncertain Terms at The Theatre at Arts Garage is to understand that you are seeing a work in progress. So picking out what works and what doesn’t i…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Breaking News: Lou Tyrrell Leaving Theatre At Arts Garage by Bill Hirschman

Lou Tyrrell, founder of The Theater at Arts Garage in Delray Beach, will resign as its artistic director at the end of the run of its current show this month, which closes the company’s fo…

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Emotions, Not S & M Is The Real Attraction in Zoetic’s Trust by Bill Hirschman

Even though chains hang from the rafters before Trust opens and the buzz will fixate on the S&M, sex is only the milieu for Zoetic Stage's rollicking yet incisive study of how people’…

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