Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

Consistency Celebrated In Carbonell Nominations For 2018

The reliable consistency of quality of some South Florida companies’ work was underscored Thursday with the release of the nominations for the 43rd Carbonell Awards honoring excellence during 2018. Virtually every production during the year from Slow Burn Theatre Company, Zoetic Stage and Palm Beach Dramaworks resulted in at least one nomination.

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Riverside’s A New Argentina And A New Look At Evita

The musical may have been around for decades, but Riverside’s triumphant production of Evita proves that the show has a strong universality that rings as loudly today as it did 40 years ago. The show brims with exhilarating invention and the fresh point of view by its director/choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge.

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Deep And Complex, A Shayna Maidel Thrives In Its Contrasts

Whether you have seen A Shayna Maidel before, Chicken Coop Theater at Levis JCC Sandler Center does a fine job keeping intact Lebow’s touching drama and its very definite Holocaust theme. But this production goes one smart step further, finding more universal themes of love and loss, parents and their relationships to their children, and the bond of siblings.

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Powerhouse Actresses Serve Up A Century Of History In Having Our Say At Primal Forces

Having Our Say is likely the first play in which both of its characters are centenarian women of color. At Primal Forces’ regional premiere, this means two roles of uncommon heft and history for Karen Stephens and Avery Sommers.

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Celebration Set Jan. 21 Honoring Tony Finstrom

A celebration of the life of Tony Finstrom, playwright patron and theater lover, is scheduled for Monday, Jan 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University where he served as associate producer of Jan McArt’s New Play Reading Series in which several of his works first appeared.

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Main Street Works Hard But Superior Donuts Disappoints

It took Main Street Players’ lethargic production of Superior Donuts about 20 minutes to show much signs of life, and even then the primary electricity came from one actor as a young man ablaze with ambition and hope. This theater has gifted us with some fine work such as Bad Jews. But little voltage sparks across this story about hopes and dreams.

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Knight Honors Adler, Fliss, Pelaez, Funds CoCo Grove $2 Mil & Miami New Drama $900,000

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded $2 million to Miami-Dade County to complete the project for GableStage-FAU’s theatre department to rebuild and reopen the Coconut Grove Playhouse.

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Bookshelf: Hirschfeld, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Michael Caine

If you’re a theater aficionado and received a nice check from your mother for the holidays or maybe from a busy relative gave you a gift card to Barnes & Noble, what should you spend it on? Here’s our review of a few books related to the arts.

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Palm Beach Dramaworks And Theatre Lab To Host New Play Festivals On The Same Weekend

South Florida will reinforce its commitment to new play development in January with two simultaneous new play reading festivals at Palm Beach Dramaworks and FAU Theatre Lab during the first weekend of the year.

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Stagebill Blog: Triumph And Tragedy — 2018 In SoFla Theater

Breathtaking tour de forces, heartbreaking tragedies on stage and in real life, shows you’ve never heard of and shows you’ve seen three times too often, troupes taking chances – some resulting in triumphs, some not landing too well: 2018 was another year to remember in this look back on South Florida theater.

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