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Friday, March 22, 2019

They’ve Got Rhythm: Wick’s Glorious Crazy For You by Bill Hirschman

In 2019, if you want some idea what the original production of Crazy For You was like, or what those Depression Era musicals were like, live and in the flesh, settle in for The Wick Theatre…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Breaking News: Broward Stage Door Lowers Its Curtain by Bill Hirschman

Broward Stage Door, which has battled through a dozen fiscal and artistic highs and lows over a quarter-century, has shut its doors. This week, the company cancelled the remaining performanc…

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Dynamic ‘Memphis’ Is A Rousing Hit At Actors Playhouse by Bill Hirschman

Actors’ Playhouse is staging an electric, pulsating production of Memphis -- a high-octane, acrobatic dancing, believable performances and soulful, spirited singing. The performers' voices…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

No Need To Go To NYC To See My Fair Lady; Try Vero Beach by Bill Hirschman

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more energetic and exquisitely directed production of My Fair Lady than that on stage now at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. This production is a theatric…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

FGO’s Vibrant Surreal Frida Is Not Your Everyday Grand Opera by Bill Hirschman

Expectations: It’s crucial that regular patrons know that Frida is unlike almost any other work previously offered by Florida Grand Opera. The eclectic score, surreal staging, use of micro…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

The Children Is Eco-Thriller Told By Masterful Cast And Director by Bill Hirschman

How do you review a play without spoilers when perception-changing revelations occur every few minutes including one halfway through that shoves the play in a 90-degree angle? Just trust us …

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

My Bubbie, Crossing Delancey Is Heartwarming At The Levis JCC by Bill Hirschman

Levis JCC mounts charming and touching Crossing Delancey complete with matchmaker, a young woman eligible for a match and potential applicant.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Classic Todd Tale Gets Fresh Approach From Zoetic Stage by Bill Hirschman

One definition of classic theater is a piece that not only remains popular or relevant through time, but which can be endlessly reinterpreted or restaged without losing any of its brilliance…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Thrilling Tap Dancing Mostly The Reason To See My One And Only by Bill Hirschman

It would be facile and unfair to say the one and only reason to see the Broward Stage Door production of the musical My One and Only is the exuberant joyful tap dancing. The leading lady has…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Challenges When West Side Story Staged By A Puerto Rican by Bill Hirschman

For a director born in Puerto Rico, Marcos Santana sees West Side Story's depiction of gang warfare between New York natives and Puerto Rican immigrants containing some aspects that don’t…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Filmmaker Billy Corben’s Cocaine Saga Is Now A Theater Piece by Bill Hirschman

It’s Wednesday, March 7, and Billy Corben’s world premiere play Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy has been in rehearsal for some time with Miami New Drama. It opens the next day for a week…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Next Fall At Outre: How Can A Gay Couple Cope When One Has Faith, The Other Agnostic by Bill Hirschman

Theater does not have to be loud and careening to be memorable. Outré Theatre Company’s revival of the off-Broadway hit Next Fall courageously takes a huge chance staging this evening of …

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Miami Soprano Cuervo Takes On Challenging Role Of Frida Kahlo by Bill Hirschman

Miami-based, Colombian-born soprano Catalina Cuervo is best known for portraying Maria in Piazzolla's Maria de Buenos Aires -- more than 50 times. But since 2015, she has been forging a simi…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Pigs Do Fly’s ‘2 Across’: Strangers On A Train Of A Different Sort by Bill Hirschman

Pigs Do Fly’s production of 2 Across is the story of two radically different but similarly lonely neurotic urbanites who meet on a pre-dawn San Francisco commuter train. They start as str…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Charlie Brown & Friends Still Sing For All Of Us At Slow Burn by Bill Hirschman

Charlie Brown is 68 years old, but as the musical You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown has proven year after year, Schulz’s offspring remains ageless. Slow Burn Theatre Company’s penny bri…

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Ambitious ‘Promises, Promises’ Still Makes Good On Some by Bill Hirschman

Ambitious is the word for the Levis JCC production of the musical Promises, Promises. Sometimes the commitment by everyone involved to make the show work helps it stay aloft, and, other time…

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Thought-Provoking Doll’s House Part 2 Examines Marriage by Bill Hirschman

There was no standing ovation for A Doll’s House Part 2 at Maltz Jupiter Theatre from an audience which had stood for Mamma Mia! It’s not that the incisive production didn’t deserve ac…

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

‘Race’ Is Vital, Engrossing Theater At Main Street Players by Bill Hirschman

In Main Street Players’ riveting, unmissable mounting of David Mamet’s scorching play, Race, director Lowell Williams wastes no time in hammering us with a sadly telling stage picture.

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Powerful Performances, Direction Make New City’s ‘Raisin In The Sun’ A Must See by Bill Hirschman

Attention to detail in each element of New City Players' Raisin in the Sun makes it truly spectacular on every level, and that especially goes for the directing and the acting.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Fresh Look At Fiddler Ditches Some Traditions, Keeps Others by Bill Hirschman

There's the tradition of Fiddler on the Roof, and then there's the tradition of the musical itself. It's a difficult task, this dual tradition of Fiddler on the Roof to carry it through in …

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Warm, Witty & Very Interactive: Every Brilliant Thing… Well..Is by Bill Hirschman

The premise of Every Brilliant Thing might fool you into thinking that it's kin to a “very special” Lifetime Movie of the Week: a boy tries to ease the pain of his suicidal mother and h…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Blonde Poison: Rationalization Of Evil Seen From The Inside by Bill Hirschman

Blonde Poison asks whether a Jewish woman who identified about 3,000 other Jews to the Gestapo for “deportation,” is “villain or victim?” But playwright Gail Louw, Primal Forces dire…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Love Among The Seniors: The Last Romance At Riverside by Bill Hirschman

Riverside Theatre serves up the sentimentality with a ladle in its production of The Last Romance. The play concerns a trio of senior citizens struggling with loneliness, delving into the hu…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A Tight Family’s Tragic Past Is Key In Meet Me At The Oak by Bill Hirschman

The dominating vision of The Tree and its dark violent past is a theatrical masterstroke from writer-director Layon Gray that opens a stirring Meet Me At The Oak, posting yet another strong …

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Theatre Lab’s ‘Silent’ Articulates Questions About Integrity by Bill Hirschman

Although We Will Not Be Silent is suffused with a long dorm night’s worth of philosophical and moral gymnastics, playwright David Meyers and Theatre Lab inject the audience so deeply into …

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Jekyll & Hyde May Split Theater Lovers But Will Please Fans by Bill Hirschman

Frank Wildhorn’s Jekyll & Hyde is one of those Continental Divides in musical theater: You either love it – or tolerate it. But if you’re going to perform a work by the pioneering…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

What FGO’s Figaro Lacks In Farce It Makes Up For In Gusto by Bill Hirschman

Florida Grand Opera does daring works (we're looking forward to the upcoming final two of the season, Frida and Werther), but, to satisfy audiences who prefer to see the familiar, there is c…

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Dramaworks’ Spitfire Grill Is One Of The Season’s Finest Musicals by Bill Hirschman

When was the last time a musical slipped into your veins and rode your bloodstream for two hours? When did a musical speak so accurately of your own pain and longing that you knew you were n…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Fascinating But Flawed Fake Makes Promising Debut by Bill Hirschman

Passions erupt as art, commerce and international politics collide and conflict in the world premiere of Carmen Pelaez’s intriguing Fake at Miami New Drama. This play centering on a possib…

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Thinking Cap Unleashes The Wild Ambition of Dance Nation by Bill Hirschman

Dare your adult to take your inner child to see Dance Nation at Thinking Cap Theatre in which adults play teenagers prepping for a competition. Were a prize given out today for Best Ensemble…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Next To Normal At Riverside Is Far More Than Just Normal by Bill Hirschman

One of contemporary theater’s most powerful rock operas, Next to Normal, concerns a family dealing with the mother’s bipolar disorder. And you have the opportunity to see this Tony Award…

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