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  • A Bronx Tale Front Page

    Touring Production of Broadway Musical

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 12th, 2019

    A Bronx Tale's heart and humor makes this crowd pleasing musical a worthy afternoon or night at the theater. An equity national touring production is playing in Ft. Lauderdale through later this month. Loyalty, family and trust are some of the themes examined in A Bronx Tale.

  • Veronica's Position Front Page

    Raucous Rich Orloff Comedy at Island City Stage

    By: Aaron Krause - Jun 04th, 2019

    Veronica's Position is a meaty comedy with offering plenty to think about. Rich Orloff's comedy is an entertaining part backstage comedy, part problem play, part satire. It takes place at the end of 1989 and the beginning of 1990 in Washington D.C. offering eerie resemblances to today's political climate.

  • The Lion King Front Page

    National Touring Production of Megahit Musical

    By: Aaron Krause - May 27th, 2019

    Almost 22 years after it bowed on Broadway, The Lion King still astounds with its astonishing artistry and stunning visuals. A National Equity touring production is making stops throughout the country. A South Florida crowd roared with applause during a recent performance in Miami.

  • Doubt: A Parable Front Page

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Drama In South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - May 24th, 2019

    Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in suburban Miami is mounting a riveting production of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer- and Tony-Award-Winning, scorching drama Doubt: A Parable. The play feels relevant in our divisive world and because the priest abuse scandal still remains fresh in our minds. Four of South Florida's finest stage actors fully inhabit the roles. It never feels like they are "performing." The production runs through June 9.

  • The House Of Blue Leaves Front Page

    John Guare's Surrealistic Play In South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - May 20th, 2019

    Palm Beach Dramaworks' production of The House of Blue Leaves is a laugh fest, but lacks enough darkness. A talented cast of well-known South Florida performers excel in their roles. The actors and director convey the play's pathos and nail comic timing .While John Guare's play is a farce, it will surely leave you thinking.

  • Precious Little In South Florida Front Page

    A Thinking Cap Theatre Production

    By: Aaron Krause - May 13th, 2019

    The deceptively simple Madelein George play, Precious Little, is multi-layered, funny and thought provoking. A talking ape is a main character in George's strange, but relevant piece. Precious Little is packed with big ideas and themes. A strong cast shines in this 90-minute, intermissionless, yet complex play. Let it grow on you.

  • Anastasia On Tour Front Page

    Broadway Musical Adaptation in Ft. Lauderdale

    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 25th, 2019

    Anastasia offers eye-popping visuals, soaring music and heartfelt emotion. The projections seem stunningly authentic, yet never get in the way of the emotion or story. This equity production is in South Florida before heading north and then west. Cast and behind-the-scenes artists shine.

  • Murder Ballad Front Page

    South Florida's Measure for Measure Theatre

    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 18th, 2019

    While sound issues require fixing, Measure for Measure Theatre's mounting of Murder Ballad offers an engrossing theatrical experience. Strong singing, emoting characterize this non-traditional theatrical experience. Murder Ballad, which featured Off-Broadway, centers on a love triangle gone wrong.

  • Steinberg/ ATCA Award for New PLay Front Page

    Lauren Yee's Cambodian Rock Band Takes The Honors

    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 16th, 2019

    Playwright Lauren Yee wins the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award for her play, Cambodian Rock Band. ATCA adjudicators hail Yee's multi-faceted approach to her play as "absolutely inspired." Cambodian Rock Band explores the Cambodian holocaust. Yee is a previous ATCA award winner.

  • Fences in South Florida Front Page

    August Wilson Masterpiece at Palm Beach Dramaworks

    By: Aaron Krause - Apr 11th, 2019

    Talented, veteran actor delivers a towering, multifaceted performance as Troy Maxson in Fences. Palm Beach Dramaworks' production of this Pulitzer Prize-winning play is riveting. Fences, which takes place in 1957, is part of August Wilson's "Pittsburgh Cycle" or "American Century Cycle."

  • From White Plains Front Page

    Comedy-Drama About the Past and Bullying

    By: Aaron Krause - Mar 25th, 2019

    Michael Perlman's From White Plains examines the effects of bullying decades after one's school days. Cast members largely shine in a South Florida regional production of this comedic drama. The play's characters are unable to escape the past in From White Plains. The set's centerpiece, which resembles a prison cell's gate, symbolizes this.

  • Memphis In South Florida Front Page

    A Rousing Production by Actors' Playhouse

    By: Aaron Krause - Mar 21st, 2019

    Memphis the Musical sizzles in South Florida. Cast and crew shine in mounting by Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre. The show's themes resonate powerfully. This production features a mix of local and regional talent, as well as a member of the Broadway national tour of Memphis.

  • Crossing Delancey In South Florida Front Page

    At the Levis JCC Sandler Center Theater

    By: Aaron Krause - Mar 16th, 2019

    Crossing Delancey is heartwarming and life-affirming at the Levis JCC Sandler Center Theater at the J. The stage version of this well-known story is the source material for the 1988 movie starring Amy Irving. The play is faithful to the film, but different. Cast members and behind-the-scenes folks excel in their work on the production in Boca Raton.

  • Geoffrey Nauffts' Bittersweet Play Next Fall Front Page

    Dramedy Staged by South Florida's Outre Theatre Company

    By: Aaron Krause - Mar 12th, 2019

    Pompano Beach-based Outre Theatre Company presents an uneven production of Geoffrey Nauffts' tearjerker, Next Fall. Outre artistic director Skye Whitcomb stages the production with sensitivity. Cast members sometimes speak too softly to be understood and their productions are sometimes too one-dimensional.

  • American Regional Theatre Panel Front Page

    Our Purpose, Our Impact, Our Future!

    By: Aaron Krause - Mar 08th, 2019

    The strengths of the Regional Theatre Movement include 'extraordinary artistry,' 'so many phenomenal writers' and 'so much wonderful new work.' Challenges facing theaters today include competition from other entertainment options, high ticket costs and minimal government funding. The panel comprised Theatre Communications Group Executive Director Teresa Eyring and Florida Professional Theatres Association Executive Director Sherron Long. The discussion was part of Palm Beach Dramaworks' Dramalogue series.

  • Equity Tour Of Waitress Front Page

    Production Makes Stop in South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Mar 01st, 2019

    The national touring production of Waitress achieves mixed results. Lyrics were sometimes hard to hear during a performance at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center . In the #MeToo era, Waitress should resonate with many. The musical adaptation of the 2007 Indie film contains heart, humor and humanity.

  • New City Players A Raisin In The Sun' Front Page

    Lorraine Hansberry Classic In South Florida

    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 25th, 2019

    Director finds mounting the "monster" play A Raisin in the Sun a huge challenge. Mary Elizabeth Gundlach relies on cast members to help her direct them. Ft. Lauderdale-based New City Players is presenting the complex, layered play through March 10.

  • Race In Miami Lakes Front Page

    David Mamet's Scorching Play By Main Street Players

    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 25th, 2019

    David Mamet's Race ratchets up the heat in South Florida. A superb cast disappears into their roles in a production that immediately communicates the racial tension in this country. Miami Lakes-based Main Street Players continues to produce quality work as a professional company.

  • Indecent In South Florida Front Page

    GableStage Production Of Popular Paula Vogel Play

    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 18th, 2019

    Coral Gables theater company presents robust production of play about a controversial 1920s Yiddish work. Indecent tracks the path of The God of Vengeance' success across Europe, until its shut down on Broadway. Music, dance and dialogue combine to celebrate Yiddish language and theater while exploring a dark period in theater history.

  • New Theater Company In South Florida Front Page

    A Band Of Actors Produced Experimental Work

    By: Aaron Krause - Feb 07th, 2019

    A Band of Actors theater company has joined the South Florida theatrical scene. The Delray Beach-based troupe is performing an absurdist play in the vein of Beckett titled Momo & Toto (Together Forever in Perpetuity). Troupe to focus on experimental work, shy away from traditional, naturalistic "kitchen sink" dramas.

  • One County Film Company Front Page

    South Florida Brothers' New Movie Business

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 22nd, 2019

    Brothers Andrew and Tim Davis' appearance as siblings in True West inspired a film-making collaboration. Work is under way on a second feature film even while the first has experienced multiple showings. The Davis brothers have big plans for their One County Film Company.

  • Free Shakespeare In The Park Front Page

    Romeo and Juliet by Florida Shakespeare Theater

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 14th, 2019

    An uneven South Florida mounting of Romeo and Juliet needs more energy. The Bard's poetry mostly fails to land in Florida Shakespeare Theatre's production. Miami-area based troupe finds the humanity of the characters in Shakespeare's tragedy of star-crossed lovers.

  • New Play Festival in South Florida Front Page

    Palm Beach Dramaworks Inaugurates Weekend-Long Event

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 09th, 2019

    Festival stresses regional theater's importance in developing plays. Audiences learn they become "artists" during the process. Palm Beach Dramaworks' New Year/New Plays Festival launches with panel, staged readings.

  • Superior Donuts In South Florida Front Page

    Tracy Letts Dramedy by Miami Lakes' Main Street Players

    By: Aaron Krause - Jan 05th, 2019

    Despite some apparent opening night issues, Main Street Players delivers a well-done production of Superior Donuts. Tracy Letts' play is sweet, but also has some meat to it. Superior Donuts was a finalist for the 2009 2009 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA (American Theatre Critics Association) New Play Award.

  • The Wiz In South Florida Front Page

    Classic Musical At Stage Door Theatre

    By: Aaron Krause - Dec 14th, 2018

    Stage Door Theatre's mounting of The Wiz is uneven. The production largely lacks magic and sound is a problem. However, the production improves in the second act, with strong singing and acting. Actress Nayomi Braaf makes a refreshingly bright-eyed, optimistic Dorothy.

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