Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

The Plot Escaped From Margaritaville, But Buffett’s Songbook Remains

Escape to Margaritaville, the Jimmy Buffett musical at the Broward Center would work so much better as a concert version of the singer-songwriter’s infectious songs imploring you, no, demanding that you kick back, grab a drink and make yourself comfortable and just enjoy being carefree. Instead, the lyrics have been wedged and squeezed into a variety of scenarios.
If you’re looking for a plot, better to keep looking for that lost shaker of salt as the story is lighter than air.

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Mystery Author Tackles Deeper Mysteries Of Conscience In GableStage’s Premiere ‘Watson’

As the writer with 28 best-selling mystery novels, James Grippando is usually focused on whodunits. But the Florida author is about to see the world premiere of his first playscript, Watson, at GableStage this weekend – as much a howdunit and whydunit about technology, capitalism and responsibility.

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New ‘West Side Story’ Has Winning Strengths, But Weaknesses Too

The West Side Story from the Prather family’s new Broadway Palm series at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center has so much to praise, yet, joins local productions to underscore how there are always aspects that fail to live up to what everyone intuits the piece can be.

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Lipstick Is Exactly What It Wants To Be: A Silly, Stupid Sex Farce

Island City Stage, which focuses on gay-themed work, apparently thought it was time to revive the genus of the British sex comedy with the world premiere of Lipstick, whose primary twist is that the farce centers on lesbians and the gay men in their orbit.

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Andy And The Orphans: Funny, Poignant And Unsettling

Resulting from Down syndrome as an adult, Andy’s simple, blunt and truthful verbal reactions to the complex statements and relationships swirling around him slice through the theater space and the artifice of the play form itself with a painfully accurate if non-judgmental slash in Primal Forces’ powerful Andy and the Orphans, which is as incisively affecting as it is quite, quite funny.

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There’s More To Johnny Cash’s Story In ‘Ring of Fire’

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash playing at Actors’ Playhouse finds its entertainment in having performers, sing, dance, act and play the instruments much as with the company’s successful Million Dollar Quartet.

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‘Lost Virginity Tour’ A Golden Years Trip Down Memory Lane

The Lost Virginity Tour, produced by Pigs Do Fly Productions, tells of four senior women who take a roadtrip across the country to revisit the sites where they…. well, read the title.

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Report From New York: Joshua Henry’s Superb Performance Enhances Powerful Wrong Man

Let’s get it out quickly because this show’s twice-extended off-Broadway run at the MCC Theater ends Nov. 24. The Wrong Man is a superbly wrought, profoundly affecting work, ranking up there with Floyd Collins. And Joshua Henry’s soaring passion-infused central performance is inarguably among the finest examples of musical theater acting I have ever seen.

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The Wolves Is Complex, Filled With Dogged Determination

The Wolves fits the bill for Zoetic Stage’s Theater Up Close series. It’s an up-close, navel gazer. Nine teenaged girls are part of a high school indoor soccer team that meets each Saturday. The characters are nameless, only identified by jersey number. For 90 minutes, the audience is privy to eavesdropping on the locker-roomesque conversations as they warm up for a series of games

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Riverside Brings Back The Era With Beehive The 60s Musical

Riverside Theatre hits the mark for a designated demographic with its season opener, Beehive – The 60s Musical. The show is a musical revue of songs from the 1960s made popular by girl groups such as The Supremes and The Shirelles and iconic female voices like Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin.

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