Author Archives: Bill Hirschman
Mamma Mia! is another one of those Great Continental Divides in theater: you either love it – or you hate yourself for standing up and clapping along in the final mega-mix medley of infectious earwigs. As proven by Actors’ Playhouse’s full-out production, the damn thing can be a lot of good ol’ fun if you let yourself enjoy it.
Franklin Graham, the homophobic alt-right son of Billy Graham, just finished a revival tour of Florida this weekend. Too bad he didn’t attend the revival of the musical Altar Boyz at Island City Stage that energetically, if gently, teases boy bands and evangelistic Christian pop rock by infusing a decidedly gay undercurrent. It would have driven him crazy.
GableStage’s co-production with Palm Beach Dramaworks of the world premiere of Ordinary Americans traces TV icon Gertrude Berg as she battles blacklisting, featuring stellar performance by Elizabeth Dimon.
Later we’ll get to the surprisingly strong performance of an America’s Got Talent semi-finalist in the title role; more importantly, the Wick Theatre’s production of Evita is a painful reminder of just how current the 1976 work remains as a cautionary tale of faux populism harnessed by unscrupulous power seekers.
Riverside Theatre puts a new shine on old tropes in its snappy and vibrant production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.
When hearing that the Maltz Jupiter Theater is presenting Chicago, potential audiences could be forgiven for thinking silently: “Chicago? Again? They could not be more wrong. For years, the Maltz has specialized in taking a popular title, and reimagining it so completely –it’s as if you’ve not seen it before.
Area Stage Company, the Miami theatrical icon since 1989, will be moving this spring from Coral Gable’s old Riviera Theatre to a temporary home two blocks south in a a shopping center – and likely produce work at the county-owned SMDCAC, while looking for a permanent home to buy.
One sign that the South Florida snowbird season has fully arrived is that theaters are trotting out the titles for next season in hopes of enticing early subscriptions. On Monday, Palm Beach Dramaworks and Slow Burn Theatre Company unveiled their 2020-2021 projects, joining Thinking Cap Theatre from last month, with more doubtless ahead.
It takes courage to mount a play whose 1992 film version is as iconic as A Few Good Men with an unforgettable performance by Jack Nicholson . But this production of Aaron Sorkin’s play by Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts is a promising harbinger as the long-time community theater’s second production as a professional troupe.
American Son at Zoetic Stage doesn’t offer solutions to the complexity of race so much as explore with increasing intensity the exact craggy contours of the gulf. Christopher Demos-Brown’s play brings the audience alongside those struggling with the conflicting and seemingly irreconcilable pressures on not just African-Americans but everyone awash in the social maelstrom.