Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

Music In The Air: A Few Sweet Notes From Radosh, Fantel, Keelor — And Even Ben Hecht

Local stages have some special programs running for only one or two days starting tonight including Palm Beach Dramaworks, GableStage and Arts Garage.

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Regional Theaters Are The Country’s Primary Incubator of New Plays – Including SoFla

Indisputably, regional theaters have been a significant wellspring for new plays reaching back 30 years. But a quickening sea change has occurred quietly but demonstrably over the past decade: Regional theaters – once reliant on warhorses and the latest New York hit — have become the primary incubator and showcase for new work in America

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Sam Shepard’s True West Explodes At New City Players

An explosion of passionate performances (and flying silverware) mark New City Players’ production of the late Sam Shepard’s True West.

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No Frills, No Problem: Masterly McPherson Monologue Gets the Ground Up & Rising Treatment

Gregg Weiner captures the audience in Ground Up and Rising’s bare bones production of Conor McPherson’s monologue The Good Thief at South Miami-
Dade Cultural Arts Center

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GableStage’s Informed Consent: Is The Search For Truth Paramount? And Whose Truth?

Is knowledge always good? Is its pursuit inherently defensible regardless of the consequences? Is there Absolute Truth?These and another half-dozen ideas careen and crisscross GableStage like electrons colliding in a chain reaction in Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Informed Consent.

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Marquee’s Millie Is Blessed With Those Classic Broadway Voices

Marquee Theater Company is still an evolving troupe. but it’s a shame that this production of Thoroughly Modern Millie isn’t Carbonell Award eligible – many elements would have given other companies a run for their money at next winter’s deliberations.

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Main Street Players’ Vicious Voluble Family In Bad Jews Is Equally Funny And Unnerving

One of the joys of seeing local theater over the years is charting a new theater’s growth and promise. But it’s rare to see a fledgling theater develop so quickly as Main Street Players, as evidenced by its no-excuses-needed production of Bad Jews.

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Impressions Is A Pleasant Stroll Through Gallery Of Imagination

Not every theatrical event has to be an outsized venting of passion filled with intellectual pyrotechnics. Sometimes a work can be satisfying to the brain and the heart as a gentle celebration of imagination and human behavior as with Pigs Do Fly’s world premiere of Michael Leeds’ Impressions.

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Company Has Shining Moments, Falls Short Of What Could Be

MNM’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical Company is intermittently lit with incandescent performances worth the price of admission by themselves, but the overall piece disappointingly lacks crispness, passion and, until the last 10 minutes, heart.

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Michael Leeds Makes ‘Impressions’ With Pigs Do Fly

Pigs Do Fly Productions — which has done mostly short plays by, for and about people 0ver 50 — has jumped even deeper into the play-ing field by presenting the world premiere of Michael Leeds’ Impressions, which opens this weekend.

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