Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

Amid Violence, Gay Sex and Kidnapping, ‘Borrowed’ Dissects Troubled Father-Son Relations

The world premiere in Miami of Borrowed examines with emotion and specificity the lasting tragic damage of father-son and son-father relationships that imploded years earlier. With copious violence, sex and profanity, Jim Kierstead’s first script is far from subtle but also unafraid to look deep into complex legacies wrought by ancient family dysfunction.

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SoFla Theaters Strive To Entice Patrons Next Season By Designing Intriguing Schedules

The upcoming seasons listed here are as varied as anyone could plan with time-tested bets and works so new that no one knows what to expect. GableStage’s Bari Newport spent months juggling a dozen factors. “Most people know what it’s like to plan a big wedding,” she said. But “every single one of these (productions) is a big wedding that happens not once but 25 to 31 times.

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Carbs Name Scholarship Winners, Dramaworks, Daughtry & Thinking Cap Set Readings

Carbonells name three high school students to receive its Jack Zink Scholarships ; Palm Beach Dramaworks, Darius V. Daughtry and Thinking Cap Theatre kick off play readings on stage and online.

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Slow Burn’s Go-Gos Musical Comedy Perfect for Pride Month

In the charming, big-hearted Broadway musical, Head Over Heels, Slow Burn Theatre Company delivers a visually striking, lively, and credible production.

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No Mystery Here: Irma Vep is a Madcap Hoot at Island City

Andy Rogow is the director of Island City Stage’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, but were he a less humble man, he might also take the title of chief illusionist or conjurer. For the production is nothing if not a magic show, a self-aware cornucopia of tricks from a creakier, more analog time of stage wizardry.

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Thinking Cap Returns With Challenging Fornes Classic

Thinking Cap Theatre returns to producing live on stage works that challenge the mind with Maria Irene Fornes’ Fefu and her Friends, a densely packed contemplation on feminism, gender stereotypes, sexuality and relationships in an evening that will excite some and simply confuse others.

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Summer Shorts Finally Gets to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Like death and taxes, one of the few truly dependable things in life is that the venerable Summer Shorts from City Theatre is going to be a satisfying mix of light comedy with a few mildly serious moments. And its silver anniversary production remains a thoroughly entertaining source of 10-minute plays executed by a seasoned cadre of pros.

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GableStage’s Magical Thinking Is Unnerving Look at Grieving

As death and grieving surround us, Joan Didion’s play at GableStage, The Year of Magical Thinking, is guaranteed to be uncomfortable, even upsetting. But that should not dissuade you. Her account of processing the death of her husband daughter is an exemplar of why stage drama exists.

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Immersive ‘The Blues Opera’ Entertains 10 Patrons at a Time

Eric Garcia, musician-storyteller, deliver an one-man autobiographical immersive experience through Juggerknot Theatre Company in his “The Blues Opera” is Miami.

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Carbonells Reschedule a Week for Jan McArt Celebration

BREAKING NEWS: The 45th annual Carbonell Awards gala has been moved a week to Nov. 7 so as not to conflict with a Celebration of Life scheduled to honor the late South Florida theater legend Jan McArt slated for Nov. 14.

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