Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

MacGraw And O’Neal Effective, Poignant In Love Letters Tour

If the Ali MacGraw-Ryan O’Neal pairing was a marketing stunt to sell the new national tour of Love Letters that kicked off in Fort Lauderdale, the actors pulled a fast one and delivered unassailably nuanced and moving performances that needed no apologies or asterisks.

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Singing Their Hearts Out Over Last Five Years At Evening Star

Evening Star Production’s fervent mounting of Jason Robert Brown’s cult musical The Last Five Years invests infinite compassion for the eddying gain and loss in one of the most intriguing constructs in musical theater.

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Doors Slam, Guns Appear And Clothes Fall Off In Actors Playhouse’s Unnecessary Farce

There’s a six-foot-plus-tall hitman in full Highland garb and speaking in an unintelligble brogue, an ineffectual cop who isn’t trusted with actual firearms, and an accountant who ends up half-naked in front of strangers – repeatedly — all crucial elements of Ac
The doors, which will open and slam like percussion, are crucial, of course, because this show is courageously entitled, Unnecessary Farce.

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Start Spreadin’ The News: Mad Cat, Della Ventura, Dramaworks, Actors’ Playhouse, Zoetic, Stage Door, Island City, Theatre League

There is so much news in South Florida theater this summer that we’re going to run our own version of a glib as we tick off the headlines of much, but not even half, of what’s happening in the region and involving its artists and audiences.

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WaistWatchers The Musical Returns To Broward Stage Door

By Bill Hirschman Like Hamlet, Madama Butterfly and the Terminator franchise, the indestructible entertainment phenomenon that is WaistWatchers: The Musical has returned to South Florida in a new production at Broward Stage Door that word-of-mouth likely once again will make …

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Ali MacGraw And Ryan O’Neal Are Together Again For The First Time In Love Letters Next Week

Interviewing Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, or trying to, about their upcoming national tour of Love Letters that kicks off in Fort Lauderdale next week seems almost churlishly interfering with a warm reunion of old friends.

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High-Flying Alice Tumbles Through The Lookingglass

By Bill Hirschman The primary thing usually missing from a Cirque du Soliel show is a discernable plot. Lookingglass Alice, slipping into the Arsht Center’s spectacle-driven summer extravaganza slot, may not have the multi-million-dollar budget and scope of those Vegas …

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Texting & Scrolling Messages During SoFla Shows Becoming As Egregious As Ringing Phones

South Florida Theater patrons checking and responding to email during a performance has mushroomed in recent years, but it reached a high water mark last week indicating a worsening of the collision of technology, performance art, the obsession with staying connected and the etiquette of communal interaction.

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Dramaworks’ A Little Night Music Is A Bittersweet Swirling Summer Night Of Sondheim

Life is bittersweet marked by rue and romance in which those foolish mortals submit and succumb to the whirling winds of love and lust in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ concert staging of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s glorious A Little Night Music.

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George M Delivers The Razzle Dazzle Plus A Little Insight

George M is a razzamatazz, flag-waving, tuneful, toe-tapping, tap-dancing bio-revue tailor-made for the target audiences embracing its current revival at The Wick Theatre.
But written in 1968 as the world was changing, it also forces us to see the duality of that can-do optimism and post-Manifest Destiny confidence that made us the leading power for much of the 20th Century.

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