Lust, anger and anguish pour out of urban millennials with like molten liquid gushing from an open fire hydrant in the new Measure For Measure Theatre’s production of the chamber rock opera Murder Ballad at the Broward Center
The Old Settler at M Ensemble starts off like a TV sitcom featuring witty banter between sisters living in 1943 Harlem. But slowly, characters start referencing race, sex, age, loneliness and family baggage until anger and tears produce a moving tale that qualifies as more than a soap opera and falls a bit short of August Wilson territory.
It may often feel like a concert, but Hundred Days at the Arsht Center’s Theater Up Close series is a moving, heartening and deceptively polished theater piece with song and story hewing to a single narrative line and theme about coming to terms with tragedy being part of life.
The experience of losing everything to the Cuban revolution, the visceral experience of being oppressed, the experience of leaving your beloved country, those are the hallmarks of the surprisingly effective immersive drama Amparo.
Casey Dressler brings her one-woman comedy with a score of characters, The Wedding Warrior, back to Fort Lauderdale’s The Vanguard, redirected by Elena Maria Garcia
Its creators acknowledge that the drama Amparo has familiar elements, especially the story of a family escaping Cuba and finding success in a new land. But the way the story is designed to surround and immerse patrons so that they see, hear and feel what the characters are undergoing – thereby making a unique connection even for viewers who are not Cuban-American.
Monday was an evening of firsts at the 43rd Carbonell Awards for newcomers and veteran companies in which Palm Beach Dramaworks’ moving Indecent won Best Play and Slow Burn Theatre Company’s rousing Memphis garnered the Best Musical honor.
The complete list of Carbonell Award winners, nominees and breakdown by theater and county for the 2018 performance year.