Thursday, October 20, 2016

Silver Palm Theatre Awards Announces 28 Honorees by Bill Hirschman

The South Florida Silver Palm Theatre Awards committee honoring theatrical excellence in South Florida will present the award to 28 individuals and organizations in its ninth season. Recipie…

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Slow Burn’s Hunchback Sets Another Benchmark Of Growth by Bill Hirschman

Slow Burn Theatre Company’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame staged on a relatively epic scale underscores another benchmark of growth for the once modest company that has solidly arrived as a …

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Vibrant Swing! Swing! Swing! Revue Among Stage Door’s Best by Bill Hirschman

The skill, power and imagination that Kevin Black, Ben Bagby and their colleagues have invested make Swing! Swing! Swing! as good or better than any other revue that Broward Stage Door has p…

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Monday, October 17, 2016

They’re Playing A Pleasant If Not Exciting Song At The Wick by Bill Hirschman

Benefiting from a Neil Simon script and a winning turn by Andrea McArdle, The Wick Theatre is betting its older doggedly mainstream audience will be won over by this effectively sweet but …

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Storm-Tossed Seek Hope And Salvation In Dramawork’s The Night Of The Iguana by Bill Hirschman

The emotional histrionics and pyrotechnic acting in the first act notwithstanding, it’s the quiet poignant moments of compassion and connection in the second act that are the most deeply a…

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Relationships Are At Risk In The Mystery of Love And Sex by Bill Hirschman

The intersection, overlap and conflict of love and sex – but above all how they affect relationships -- form the basis of Theatre at Arts Garage’s uneven but intriguing entry appropriate…

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Andrea McArdle At The Wick: Still The Working Actress Four Decades After Playing Annie by Bill Hirschman

Back in 1977 when 13-year-old Andrea McArdle’s name exploded across the country, the moniker Broadway Baby recognized the talent powering her performance as Annie singing the iconic anthe…

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Dramaworks To Take On The “Other” Tennessee William Play, The Night Of The Iguana by Bill Hirschman

The Night of the Iguana is the “other” Tennessee Williams play, the one most theatergoers have heard of, maybe even seen the Richard Burton-John Huston film, but likely have never gotten…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Illusionists: Hi-Tech Dazzle Boosts Classic Stage Magic by Bill Hirschman

Effectively cloaked in high-tech flourishes from pounding music to a rock concert-worthy light show plus classic theatrical accoutrements like dancers, The Illusionists gathers seven inventi…

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

A Theatrical State Of The Union For South Florida Fall 2016 by Bill Hirschman

A different season advance: Quietly, oh so quietly, the 2016-2017 theater season in South Florida is shaping up to be as notable for tidal growth, contraction, ebb and flow as it is for the …

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Hirschman’s Solely Subjective Summation Of Shows That Shouldn’t Be Missed 2016-17 by Bill Hirschman

These are not at all necessarily what we predict will be the best shows this season (although they may be) or the best attended or the most popular or the most award-winning. We don’t care…

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Hurricane-Related Closing, Postponements At Theaters by Bill Hirschman

No one knows what effect Matthew will have on performances this weekend or even next weekend because of damage to buildings, power outages, road passability and the status of cast and crew m…

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Oakland Park Native Says It’s The Right Time For ‘Rent’ by Bill Hirschman

Christian Thompson saw his first Broadway musical at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts when he was seven years old. A national touring company of Cats was what hooked him on the mus…

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Hand To God Explores Man’s Baser Nature With Pitch Black Comedy — And Puppets by Bill Hirschman

Okay, yes, Hand to God has cute obscenity-spouting puppets having sex on stage, but the similarities to Avenue Q stops dead right there. This scorchingly funny and aggressively irreverent pl…

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Why Not? With Nixon: A Navel-Gazing Comedy Best Suited For Mad Cat’s Cult Faithful by Bill Hirschman

Why Not? With Richard Nixon is perhaps Mad Cat Theatre Company’s most Mad Catty show ever, a production for company insiders that is esoteric enough to reference another Mad Cat show in it…

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Fiddler On The Roof’s Resonating Themes Echo in Marquee’s Production by Bill Hirschman

When the young Boca Raton company Marquee Theater’s production nails key moments of the indestructible Fiddler on the Roof, it’s exhilirating and entertaining on its own merits; when it …

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Breaking News: Amadeos To Leave Florida; Plans Scrapped for New Naked Stage Venue by Bill Hirschman

Antonio and Katherine Amadeo, who separately and together championed cutting edge work through their Naked Stage company and who helped unite the local artistic community with their 24-Hour …

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Outre Delivers Harrowing Edition Of The Normal Heart by Bill Hirschman

The level of anger, helplessness and sorrow rises inexorably along with the death toll like flood waters from a storm surge in Outré Theatre Company’s shattering production of The Normal …

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Evening Star’s ‘Gutenberg! The Musical’ Is Spot-On Satire by Bill Hirschman

Hats off, Evening Star Productions, for insider's theater that is satirically spot on in the comedy Gutenberg! The Musical.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Free Show Monday Of Snips Of Censored Plays & Musicals by Bill Hirschman

What do Cabaret, Chicago, Fun Home, Almost Maine and Angels in America have in common? Somebody somewhere has banned their production at some point. To push back, Zoetic Stage and the Dramat…

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Area Stage’s Circle Mirror Transformation Beautifully Meanders Toward Catharsis by Bill Hirschman

Circle Mirror Transformation is finally receiving its professional regional premiere by the intrepid Area Stage Co., and the disarmingly funny production is a ravishing success for Baker pur…

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Thinking Cap’s ‘Death of Disney’ Is Wonderful World Of Challenging Theater by Bill Hirschman

A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney is not easy theater, by any means, but not one that Thinking Cap would ever shy away from. Their tagline is "theat…

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Collision Of Intriguing Ideas Doesn’t Delve Much Deeper In Pigs Do Fly’s Invasion Of Privacy by Bill Hirschman

Larry Parr’s Invasion of Privacy from Pigs Do Fly Productions, based on a lawsuit against Florida’s beloved Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, lays intriguing thought-provoking ideas on the table…

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Stage Door’s The Rothschilds Entertains But Does Not Reach Potential To Stir The Heart by Bill Hirschman

The Broward Stage Door Theatre production of the 1970 musical The Rothschilds, about the famed family's rise from the German ghetto to become on the wealthiest families in the world, is a re…

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Arsht Kicks Off Cultural Season With Day-Long Celebration by Bill Hirschman

This year, Sept. 10 might just mark the unofficial kickoff to the season, at least for Miamians when the Arsht will present its second-annual ARTSLAUNCH2016, a festive daylong confab at all …

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Cancel The Cookout: Don’t Miss Ground Up & Rising’s Scorching Our Lady of 121st Street by Bill Hirschman

We’ve written a paragraph like this only two or three times: Stop what you are doing. Stop reading this review. Go to the phone or online and order tickets right now for Ground Up & R…

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Shakespeare, Miller & Musicals: Reviews Of 9 Shows In Stratford by Bill Hirschman

The easiest way to grasp a sense of the Festival, its styles and ethos is to recount and review the individual productions we saw during a trip last month. Hidden within may be insights that…

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Stratford Shakespeare Festival Is One Singular Sensation by Bill Hirschman

By Bill Hirschman The dictionary translates the Latin phrase “sui generis” as “constituting a class of its own,” but more commonly it’s used to mean “not like anything else,” o…

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Lost Girls First Full Production Features Fantastical Imaginings Transported Into The Real World by Bill Hirschman

Juliet Among the Changelings, the inaugural full-length production from Lost Girls Theatre, succeeds most if not all of the time in establishing and staying in that difficult groove of fanta…

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

ALA’s ‘Love! Valour!’ Is Valiant, But Too Much of A Challenge by Bill Hirschman

Andrews Living Arts makes a valiant effort to conquer the challenging Terrence McNally play Love! Valour! Compassion! but it proves more than they can handle.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Mostly Student Cast Charms In Evening Star/Sol’s Surprising Midsummer Night’s Dream by Bill Hirschman

You have to make allowances for the inexperience of the mostly high school students in handling Shakespeare’s verbiage in Evenig Star/Sol's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. But the…

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