Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

John Rubinstein & Pippin: I’ve Heard That Song Somewhere

Déjà vu is inevitable for John Rubinstein as he portrays the father of the title protagonist in Pippin revival’s national tour coming to the Broward Center next week. After all, Rubinstein created the young man’s role in his Broadway debut 42 years ago. So while he’s on stage acting in one show, another one sometimes nibbles at his consciousness.

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Palm Beach Dramaworks To Unearth Shepard’s Buried Child

Director J. Barry Lewis has a way of approaching a play like Sam Shepard’s Buried Child, the Pulitzer Prize-winning work that gets a staging by Palm Beach Dramaworks beginning March 27 and through the month of April.

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Stage Door Resurrects Cohan, Vaudeville & Vintage Broadway

Vaudeville and vintage musical comedy may be dead but the ghost of the emperor of that era resurrects them in Broward Stage Door’s enthusiastic revival of the one-man George M. Cohan Tonight!

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This Is A First Date Worth Going Out On At Actors’ Playhouse

The utterly charming new show at Actors’ Playhouse is a musical for, by and about the 21st Century Urban Neurotic Young Adult in that eternal crucible of awkward human relations: the “First Date.”

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Earthquake: One Night Only, Benefit For Mad Cat Theatre

A new play, Earthquake, written and directed by Mad Cat Theatre Company member Jessica Farr, will be performed one night only, in a benefit performance, as part of the South Beach Comedy Festival with the proceeds going to the Mad Cat Theatre Company.

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Breaking News: Parade Productions Takes Final Bow

The three-year-old Parade Productions is shutting down as a purveyor of professional theater, its founder reported Wednesday.

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ATCA/Steinberg Six Finalists Named For New Plays Contest

The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has selected six finalists for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2014.

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Iris Acker, Naked Stage, Shiller To Be Honored With Carbonells

The Carbonell Awards will bestow its highest honors this month: Arsht Executive Vice President and Carbonell President oScott Shiller will receive the George Abbott Award, actress-director-producer-dancer-union leader-teacher Iris Acker will receive the Howard Kleinberg Award, and The Naked Stage troupe which created The 24-Hour Theatre Project will receive the Ruth Foreman Award.

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The Sound Of Music Is Maltz’s Secret To Stunning Les Miz

Viewing the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s Les Misérables is like watching an art restorer wipe away decades of obscuring grime from a canvas and savoring what you forgot was hidden underneath – even seeing colors you didn’t know were there. This edition eclipses the quality of almost every production the Maltz has mounted in a decade.

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Heartfelt Performances Elevate Thinking Cap’s Patsy Cline

Savoring the pungent joy and sorrow of Always…Patsy Cline does not require the audience to love the Eisenhower Era musical moment when country-western music began morphing into pop-rock. You just have to surrender to the skill and enthusiasm flooding Thinking Cap Theatre’s production inaugurating The Vanguard Sanctuary of the Arts venue in Fort Lauderdale.

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