Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

Grease May Be The One You Might Want From MNM

Grease certainly is the word as the classic rock ‘n’ roll musical glides its way into a solid staging as the first joint production of MNM Theatre Company, North End Theater Company, and the City of Lauderhill. Add also the words energetic, entertaining and engaging as Grease’s enthusiastic cast takes its audiences back to the tunes and attitudes of 1959.

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FGO Streetcar’s Glorious Score & Superb Voices Not Quite A Meld With Tennessee Williams

Blessed with a glorious score and soaring arias, you would think that André Previn’s take on A Streetcar Named Desire would be a triumph as Florida Grand Opera’s first major production in two years. But as well worth it may be seeing, the collision of high-toned opera and Tennessee Williams’ theatrical drama simply do not meld into a single artistic whole.

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Rx: The Cure For What Ails You

For older audiences who see the number of expensive pills they take each morning magically multiply over the years, the wicked satire of Big Pharma in the otherwise romantic comedy Rx is welcomed at Boca Stage. But as cutting as Rx can be (one dotty scientist says “If I knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research”) the Rx that playwright Kate Fodor prescribes for the modern malaise is, yes, love.

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Love, Like Snow, Swirls Through Gentle Comedy ‘Almost, Maine’

The celebration of love in many permutations – from first connections to farewells – swirls around the stage like the snow and the aurora borealis lights in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ gentle, sometimes comic, sometimes bittersweet, consistently touching Almost, Maine. The vignettes about the quirky residents creating, testing, dissolving relationships is shot through with the hope that love can be found or rescued.

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A Deeper Look Inside Dramaworks’ Almost, Maine

There is a fifth crucial performer not mentioned in the playbill for Palm Beach Dramaworks’ upcoming production of “Almost, Maine.” High above the residents on a chilly Friday night in late January in the titular small town, a parade of lights flickers like the bottom of a multicolored curtain.

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There’s No Place Like Homeland, Not Even What Was Once

The concepts of home and homeland—especially when they are no longer the same place— have become even more complicated in the 21st Century for Cuban-Americans highlighted in Hannah Benitez’ world premiere GringoLandia commissioned by Zoetic Stage, a gentle comedy woven with the struggles of a past that no longer exists.

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Theatre Lab Postpones Next Show, Hoping to Outlast Surge

Joining dozens of companies locally and across the country hoping a delay will outlast the worst of the surge, Theatre Lab has postponed its premiere of Last Night in Inwood slated for Feb. 2.
Although not necessarily tied directly to positive tests, setbacks were aggravated by the spike. The company also postponed its New Play Festival from January to an undisclosed date in the spring.

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Savor the Flavor of This ‘Tootsie’ Pop at the Broward Center

Sometimes, all we want is to just sit in a chair and be entertained by full-throated singers, appealing actors, solid dancing and a script that offers more than a few laughs. That sheer entertainment factor is on the boards—spanglely red dress and all—in the musical Tootsie, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

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Covid-Related Delays on Theater Expansion Cancel Maltz Show

Described as two hurricanes striking at the same time, Covid has dealt the Maltz Jupiter Theatre serious blows including cancelling one big-budget musical Sweet Charity because the opening of its remodeled theater has been delayed. Virus-related shortages in crippling material supply and aggravating work force shortfalls come a few weeks after season opener Jersey Boys was also cancelled.

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Cancelled, Postponed, Understudies: The Show Goes On In SoFla Theater — Sort Of

The calendars in South Florida theater are being written in pencil—with  erasers. Regional theaters are forging through the Covid spike with no panic and limited public fuss, but with a total lack of certainty of anything—cancelling performances, jettisoning titles, postponing productions a week, a month, a year; inserting swings; and calming ticket buyers by email.

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