Author Archives: Bill Hirschman
If you like your theater schematic, clear-cut and requiring little cogitation, you will absolutely hate A Map of Virtue. But if you don’t mind wrestling with a production while it’s underway, if you enjoy trying to dope out what it meant on the ride home, then Thinking Cap’s production may well intrigue, perplex and unsettle you if you let it.
Broward Stage Door’s earnest intriguing revival of Promises, Promises embraces its up-to-the-moment pop score for 1968, a witty and insightful script, frenetic choreography that caught the zeitgeist of the time, and some deceptively subtle performances to become a wildly-popular hit just as the social fabric of the country was in transition.
By Bill Hirschman It’s Stephen Sondheim redux for veteran Broadway actor Ken Jennings, although a bit backwards. It might seem a long, long stretch for the man who created the mentally challenged apprentice Tobias in Sondheim’s pitch-dark blood-red musical Sweeney …
The surprisingly impressive bow of the new Marquee Theater Company with its production of the pop musical Aida is notable for, among other things, the professional debut of its star, Alexandria Lugo
Killer Joe, playwright Tracy Letts’ 1993 debut writ large in feral violence and bottomless venality, is such a powerful brew of toxicity that the script carries along an uneven production at Andrews Living Arts.
Not meaning disrespect to local producers, but the founders of the new Marquee Theater Company opening its second show this weekend in Boca Raton argue that there is no need to go to New York to find the talent needed to mount professional musicals with an expansive scope.
Theatre Lab, a professional venture specializing in new, developing and thought-provoking work, has opened as the resident company based at Florida Atlantic University under the leadership of Louis Tyrrell, the founder of Florida Stage.
For those among us who enjoy going deeper than what’s presented on the surface, Annie Baker’s The Aliens from Alliance Theatre will be a treat. For others, the silences and pacing will be an exercise in head scratching and perplexed moments in the space of two hours of WTF?
The charismatic Jan McArt may be one of crucial developers of South Florida’s cultural past as creator of the mainstream Royal Palm Dinner Theatre, but her focus today is firmly on its future by nurturing the writing of new plays. A look at her past, present and future.
Gallery of photos of Jan McArt and productions at the Royal Palm Dinner Theatre