Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

Once More With Feeling, A Local ‘Hair’ Cavorts At The Kravis

Hair never was and isn’t now accurate reportage on the 1968 counter-culture,any more than Oklahoma was a faithful account of homesteading on the eve of statehood. But what the raw material got right and MNM Productions’ engaging edition gets right at the Kravis Center is the infectious vitality, youthful optimism and the genuine sense of communal love.

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Affecting ‘The Tin Woman’ Plumbs Depths of The Heart

A double sense of “life after death” pervades the touching and beautifully rendered The Tin Woman drama suffused with wit now playing at Actors Playhouse as spring slides into summer.

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Mad Cat Takes On Pulitzer-Winning Marathon: The Flick

The characters and themes of The Flick — the newest production opening at Mad Cat Theatre next week — were so fresh and crucial that it kept director Paul Tei from abandoning straight theater.

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Two Fine Performances Put A Glow On The “Other” Sondheim Revue, Putting It Together

It’s been a season of Stephen Sondheim the past 10 months or so in Florida, and Putting It Together, the musical at Broward Stage Door, puts a satisfying capstone on it as strong earnest voices tackle many songs that only addicts are aware of.

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A Rocking But Rocky ‘Rocky Horror’ Does The Time Warp Again For Two Companies

Evening Star Productions and Infinite Abyss Productions deliver the 249th South Florida edition of the inarguably hilarious aggressively irreverent hoot. The cast successfully seduces a willing audience that could care less that some people can’t sing, some people can’t act and that the whole thing is somewhat sloppy in execution.

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Satchmo At the Waldorf Reveals The Man Behind The Image

Terry Teachout’s play Satchmo at the Waldorf on view at Palm Beach Dramaworks — and directed by Teachout in his first at-bat, comes close to allowing that communion with the unvarnished, uncensored and complex human being beneath the sunny, grinning creation that the world adored as Louis Armstrong.

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Critic Terry Teachout Directs Own Play About Louis Armstrong For Dramaworks

If his resume wasn’t already unusually diverse for a theater critic, it might seem strange that Terry Teachout is adding “director” to his hyphenated professional description when his play Satchmo at the Waldorf opens this month at Palm Beach Dramaworks.

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Carole King’s Beautiful Is Some Kind Of Wonderful Tapestry

Validation – the affirmation that what you valued has worth – is one of the most powerfully effective facets of entertainment and art.
That may be the overwhelming virtue of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical whose national tour is enjoying a splendid visit to Broward Center.

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With Uproarious Humor And Aching Empathy, Thinking Cap Keeps Up With The Joneses

The opening scene of Will Eno’s The Realistic Jones, as staged by Thinking Cap Theatre, is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in years.

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‘Beautiful’ Coming To Broward Meant To Be As Much About Story As Carole King’s Music

The score of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical encompasses a dozen hits from the ‘60s and half of the iconic Tapestry album. But bookwriter Douglas McGrath assures theatergoers that this is not a revue or even a weak pretense of a plot to hang a catalog of songs upon like Mamma Mia.

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