Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

Mixed Nuts Is Mixed Bag Of New Spoofs On The Holiday Season

Like the requisite ballet’s presentation of The Nutcracker, theater troupes have been turning over their Decembers as of late to holiday-themed plays: David Sedaris’s Santaland Diaries comes to mind. Unlike the wholesome Nutcracker many modern Christmas offerings are aimed at an adult crowd, taking the Ho, Ho, Ho of the holiday to a more mature level.

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Commitment Makes Up For Spectacle In Outre’s Tommy

Outré Theatre Company’s edition of Tommy demonstrates how skill, imagination and pure guts can triumph over the most modest of means. Its greatest virtue in bringing the classic rock opera to the postage stamp stage is a total, laser-focused tsunami-strength commitment.

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Steven Dietz Wants Us To Open Our Eyes In This Random World

With humor, poignancy and insight, Dietz portrays just such a patchwork invisible to its residents in his new play This Random World at Theatre Lab, the professional resident company at Florida Atlantic University.

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Donohoe’s Fine Acting Channels Capote In Dramaworks’ Tru

Audiences can marvel at the artistry from actor Rob Donohoe and director Lynnette Barkley in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of Tru, but the one-man bio-play about Truman Capote never quite touches the heart or coalesces narratively.

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Local Theater Singers Invited To Open Mike Cabaret In Delray

South Florida singers, especially theater actors, often seek a place to try out new material, a haunt where they can keep their chops honed, a venue to show off a range their colleagues might not suspect. Two cabaret veterans and a Florida-based producer are kicking off a series of such events in Delray Beach beginning Thursday and continuing four more dates through the spring.

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My Back Pages: In Middletown, Detached Formalism Hamstrings A Touching Narrative

A top drawer cast marks an unusually but intentionally bare bones production of Dan Clancy’s new play Middletown tracking the arc of four lives.

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Breaking News: Plans For Coconut Grove Playhouse Saves Some Of Existing Building

A specific plan finally has been unveiled by county officials and consultants for a new 300-seat theater on the site of the legendary Coconut Grove Playhouse – a plan which preserves some of the 1926 structure that has been deteriorating since it shuttered ten years ago

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Take The Lambeth Walk With Crowd Pleasing Me And My Girl

Led by the talents of Matt Loehr, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s Me and My Girl is the precisely the antidote for the seasonal angst – a couple of hours of escapist entertainment. The cast is clearly having a hell of a good time and it’s almost guaranteed that you will too.

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Becoming Truman Capote At Dramaworks: Rob Donohoe Transforms Himself Inside & Out

Sitting at a table in Palm Beach Dramawork’s rehearsal hall, Rob Donohoe doesn’t look or sound a thing like Truman Capote. He’s taller, his hair is brown and full and his voice is a warm baritone. But he and director Lynette Barkley have been cataloguing the external public celebrity and the internal tortured soul in preparation for the one-man drama Tru opening Dec. 2.

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Wick Theatre Resurrects Revival Of ‘Sister Act’ With Winning Charm And Verve

Sister Act is not a great musical, not even a good one, but the Wick Theatre’s resurrection is so engaging, so energetic, so much pure fun that it will convert you and make you glad you bought a ticket.

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