The sound coming from the Arsht Center stage is almost unearthly and totally unexpected unless you’ve seen the opera Orfeo ed Euridice or heard the unique sound of a counter-tenor before. The voice that ascends to the heavens emanates from a slight of stature man, but if you close your eyes, his high liquid tremelo could just as easily be coming from a female mezzo-soprano.
Riverside Theatre gathers its significant resources and sure-footed confidence to mount one of the greatest American musicals ever, Gypsy. Indeed, this is a big, brawny show steeped in legend; and Riverside has the muscle to produce it.
Graced with a soaring pulsing score, leading actors with passionate voices and a wealth of evocative choreography, the Wick Theatre’s Brigadoon lands as one of the company’s most memorable achievements.
Dancing Lessons is punctuated with interpersonal strife, frustration, heartache and some very funny moments. But mostly Zoetic Stage’s production is a warm quiet sustained smile for a warm quiet early spring night.
The Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s nearly flawless production with a gloriously delivered score and nuanced script is a reminder that South Pacific is a contender as one of the most affecting and best constructed examples of the genre.
Often critics start their reviews with some analysis of the life lessons that a theatrical work contains. Not this time. The deep inner meaning of Broward Stage Door’s peppy perky production of Nice Work If You Can Get It is unabashedly “let’s have fun.”
Thinking Cap’s world premiere, Women In Assembly, is a satirical comedy credited to Aristophanes but transmuted into a bawdy irreverent satire about Greek women taking over government and reshaping it to their saner philosophies. It’s awash in inventive staging and the cast’s energy, but the riffs go on long after the underlying point is made.
Kindertransport from Curtain Call Playhouse only uses the 1939 exodus of Jewish children from Germany as a starting point as it focuses on much more sophisticated questions about assimilation versus heritage, survivors’ guilt, mother-daughter relationships and what constitutes identity.