Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

Breaking News: Two-Theater Coconut Grove Playhouse Proposal Taken Off The Table

A citizens’ group that pushed for 14 months for a larger, more ambitious complex for the Coconut Grove Playhouse resurrection project has shelved its plan indefinitely because the Miami-Dade County administration opposes the idea, the group’s leader said Thursday morning.

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Slow Burn Theatre’s Ambitious Rent Pays Off In Spectacle

Slow Burn Theatre Company’s Rent is ambitious, daring, electric and 2 1/2 hours of non-stop rock ‘n’ roll — a no-holds barred, take chances, go-out-on-a-limb spectacle. But when stripped of the spectacle, the characters, some facing death, with others living in the shadows of HIV/AIDs, lack life.

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Where’s Whoopi? Sister Act Is Button-Pushing Mediocrity

Sister Act is not a terrible musical; it even has amusing and mildly entertaining passages. But the national tour at the Arsht Center is also a head-shaking mediocrity that begs an answer to why talented theater veterans wasted their time – and ours – on it.

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Theatre Critics Award Steinberg And Osborn Playwriting Award

The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has selected Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale as the recipient of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2014. …

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The Magnificents Is Old Fashioned Entertainment

The Magnificents, The House Theatre of Chicago’s production that’s playing inside the intimate Carnival Studio Theater at the Adrienne Arsht Center, is pure and simple and classic entertainment.

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The Magnificents Is Theatrical Ode To Classic Magic At Arsht

By Michelle F. Solomon If the House Theater of Chicago’s Death and Harry Houdini was about neglecting life in the pursuit of conquering death, The Magnificents is the other side of the coin. “The Magnificents is about a guy who …

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Women Playing Hamlet Wryly Examines An Actor’s Inner Life

For such a very funny play, the world premiere of Women Playing Hamlet at New Theatre digs deeply into that alchemical process when an actor draws on their own life experience to create a creature nearly impossible to discern as a character in a play on a stage.

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Wick’s O-o-o-o-o-klahoma! Is Tuneful Mainstream Fairy Tale

The Wick Theatre’s Oklahoma! is an apple cheek fairy tale , a broad musical comedy sprightly painted with bright vibrant colors that will not fail to entertain if you let it. Not only will this decidedly mainstream production not annoy most pre-Sondheim patrons, they will embrace it with a joyous “this is what we want to see” reaction.

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Intriguing Thought-Provoking Look At The Nature Of God On GableStage’s New Jerusalem

The central tenets of Baruch de Spinoza’s rationalist ethos are explored exhaustively and exhaustingly in GableStage’s intriguing production of David Ives’ New Jerusalem which surely counts as the textbook definition of “thought-provoking theater.

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Lots Of Circus Spectacle But Not A Lot Of Heart In New Pippin

Aerialists contort their muscles aloft on trapezes. Tumblers leap through hoops. Performers juggle knives and fiery torches. And somewhere under all that flash and glitter is the beloved Pippin that generations of nascent theater fans have cherished as “their” musical.

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