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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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Presidential Politics Make Shorts Gone Wild Even Wilder by Bill Hirschman

Political satire is like the finest champagne – delectable at the time but going flat with age. But in the meantime, as Shorts Gone Wild 4 (subtitled Decision 2016: It’s Gonna Be Yuuuuug…

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Kander & Ebb’s World Goes Round Gets Affecting Outing by Bill Hirschman

MNM Productions at the Kravis Center's superb revival of the Kander and Ebb revue The World Goes Round takes us on a detailed tour of the landscape of the human heart, not just the joyful pe…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

No Such Thing As Dog Days Of Summer In SoFla Theater by Bill Hirschman

For anyone who still thinks that theater disappears in South Florida during the summer, take a moment to absorb the schedule for the rest of the month – and this isn’t all of it.

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

With ‘Stalking the Bogeyman,’ GableStage Explores Taboo Subject With Unadorned Gravity by Bill Hirschman

GableStage's Stalking the Bogeyman, a true life tale of sexual abuse and revenge, stands out for its intelligence, bravery, sobriety and sheer darkness Buoyed by the raw sting of truth tha…

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Flawed Glass Menagerie Shows Promise For New City Players by Bill Hirschman

New City Players’ The Glass Menagerie starts a bit sluggishly, suffers throughout from some debatable technical decisions, and some performances are more compelling than others. But it bui…

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Actors’ Playhouse Solo Comedy Buyer & Cellar: Hello Gorgeous by Bill Hirschman

A message is wrapped inside Buyer & Cellar about our relationship with celebrities, but it is only the anchor grounding Actors’ Playhouse’s hilarious trip down Alice’s rabbit hole…

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Friday, July 15, 2016

The Pursuit Of Dreams At Stage Door’s Broadway Bound by Bill Hirschman

Broward Stage Door's Broadway Bound may not land perfectly all the time, but these theater pros deliver a no-excuses-needed effort that works often and effectively and ultimately satisfies.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Edgy ‘Cirkopolis’ Wows, Entertains at the Arsht by Bill Hirschman

Cique Eloize's Cirkopolis cast has in common with their itinerant ancestors is the determination to thrill audiences with death-defying feats of agility, daredevil tricks and silly clown ant…

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Style And Script Clash Through Ground Up ‘s The Good Father by Bill Hirschman

By John Thomason Since its return to regular summer programming in 2014, Miami’s Ground Up & Rising has been specializing in a particular strain of western theater: the austere, bone-s…

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Report From New York: Nose-Thumbing School Of Rock Is Surprisingly Entertaining by Bill Hirschman

Silly, stupoid and surprisingly successful, the Broadway musical spin on School of Rock works fine without Jack Black -- a good sign for the national tour.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Report From New York: The Reason To See The Humans When Visiting Broadway by Bill Hirschman

Sometimes the confluence of talent that occurs in a New York City production creates something that won’t be duplicated elsewhere. South Florida has proven that a regional production actua…

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Tight Harmonies Transport the Audience Back to the 1950s In The Wick’s Forever Plaid by Bill Hirschman

The Wick Theatre has nearly mastered the musical revue genre by hiring solid talent and adding in a few extra production values – all of it evident in this summer’s frothy paean to middl…

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Dramaworks’ 1776 Provides Lessons All Too Relevant Today by Bill Hirschman

in these terrible times of violence, deprivation and polarization, the resonances in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ imaginatively reinvented production of 1776 are deafening. Amid the laugh lines,…

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

An Unusually Apropos 1776 For Our Times At PB Dramaworks by Bill Hirschman

A deeply polarized citizenry, partisans with irreconcilable ideas about the role of government, a stalled deliberative body, confusion, anxiety. Sound familiar? The current political climate…

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Report From New York: A Poignant Slice Of Small Town Dreams In Waitress by Bill Hirschman

While the production of Waitress faithfully follows the schematics of Adrienne Shelly’s charming 2007 film, it does exactly what a musical should do: use the added tools of melody, lyrics …

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Breaking News: New Theatre Announces It is Closing by Bill Hirschman

Breaking news: New Theatre, Inc. (Coral Gables, Florida) New Theatre at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center announces it is closing. This press release just in: Details to follow:

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Report From New York: Folky Bright Star May Be Fading On Bway, But Look For It Locally by Bill Hirschman

The new musical Bright Star is a 21st Century celebration of the folk tradition complete with plucky heroines, gentle humor, unbending fundamentalists, facile fiddling, profound personal tra…

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Evening Star’s Shakespeare Abridged Is 90 Minutes, 125 Minutes Of Comic Anarchy by Bill Hirschman

The running time for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) is advertised at 90 minutes On opening night at Evening Star Productions, it ran two hours. This is a tes…

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Crazed Chameleons Dominate Vanguard’s Parallel Lives by Bill Hirschman

The Vanguard meant no self-aggrandizement posting photos of Lucy and Ethel, Carol and Vicki, across their set for the hilarious sketch comedy, Parallel Lives. But it’s apt. Because Elena M…

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Soul of Motor City Delivers The Detroit Sound At Stage Door by Bill Hirschman

Greying Boomers may instinctively resist that the music of their lives is being repackaged into stage revues with little or no story the way Irving Berlin and Johnny Mercer’s songbooks hav…

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Beauty And The Beast Redux Redux Redux Still Effective by Bill Hirschman

There’s a virtue, I suppose, in reliability. When you go to see something with Disney’s name in the title whether it’s the Pirates of Caribbean Ride in Orlando, Anaheim, Toyko or Paris…

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Floridian Miles Wilkin Honored With Tony For Bringing Broadway Across America by Bill Hirschman

For about three seconds Sunday night, the Tony Awards broadcast a pre-recorded glimpse of Miles C. Wilkin and slipped in a sentence saying that he was receiving a “Special Tony Award. But…

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Slow Burn’s Heathers Sings To The Teenage Misfit In Us All by Bill Hirschman

You know you wanted to murder some abusive soul-crushing bullies and snobs when you were in high school. Heathers knows it and wants to liberate your daydream. So do the cool kids and not-so…

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Ethan Henry & Makeba Pace Give Superb Farewell Performances In M Ensemble’s Fine Fences by Bill Hirschman

Rage and defiance – against racism, against betrayal, against cruelty, fate and death itself – washes out into the audience with a ferocity rarely seen in Florida theater in The M Ensemb…

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Storycrafter Studio’s Fantasy The Wish Maker Fails To Enchant by Bill Hirschman

Acknowledge that the premiere of The Wish Maker, written and directed by local playwright Cynthia Joyce Clay and produced by her Storycrafters Studio, is well-intentioned and earnest. But th…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A Dream Come True For A SoFla Actor: Beauty And The Beast by Bill Hirschman

When Danny Burgos steps on the Broward Center stage on June 15 in the national tour of Beauty and the Beast, the moment will resonate for him as few have before. It was on those same floorbo…

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