The world premiere in Miami of Borrowed examines with emotion and specificity the lasting tragic damage of father-son and son-father relationships that imploded years earlier. With copious violence, sex and profanity, Jim Kierstead’s first script is far from subtle but also unafraid to look deep into complex legacies wrought by ancient family dysfunction.
The upcoming seasons listed here are as varied as anyone could plan with time-tested bets and works so new that no one knows what to expect. GableStage’s Bari Newport spent months juggling a dozen factors. “Most people know what it’s like to plan a big wedding,” she said. But “every single one of these (productions) is a big wedding that happens not once but 25 to 31 times.
Carbonells name three high school students to receive its Jack Zink Scholarships ; Palm Beach Dramaworks, Darius V. Daughtry and Thinking Cap Theatre kick off play readings on stage and online.
In the charming, big-hearted Broadway musical, Head Over Heels, Slow Burn Theatre Company delivers a visually striking, lively, and credible production.
Andy Rogow is the director of Island City Stage’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, but were he a less humble man, he might also take the title of chief illusionist or conjurer. For the production is nothing if not a magic show, a self-aware cornucopia of tricks from a creakier, more analog time of stage wizardry.
Thinking Cap Theatre returns to producing live on stage works that challenge the mind with Maria Irene Fornes’ Fefu and her Friends, a densely packed contemplation on feminism, gender stereotypes, sexuality and relationships in an evening that will excite some and simply confuse others.
Like death and taxes, one of the few truly dependable things in life is that the venerable Summer Shorts from City Theatre is going to be a satisfying mix of light comedy with a few mildly serious moments. And its silver anniversary production remains a thoroughly entertaining source of 10-minute plays executed by a seasoned cadre of pros.
As death and grieving surround us, Joan Didion’s play at GableStage, The Year of Magical Thinking, is guaranteed to be uncomfortable, even upsetting. But that should not dissuade you. Her account of processing the death of her husband daughter is an exemplar of why stage drama exists.