Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

‘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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Theatre Lab At FAU Hosts Week Of New Play Readings By Horovitz, Laufer & Cliff Burgess

Some of the most prominent names in playwriting today – plus a local actor and writer – headline an intensive series of readings May 11—14 at Theatre Lab, the professional resident company of Florida Atlantic University headed by Louis Tyrrell.

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Miami New Drama, A Fledgling Troupe, Has ‘Special’ Plans

With its short run production of “A Special Day” this week, Michel Hausmann and the fledgling Miami New Drama company begin an ambitious slate of projects that began earlier this year with The Golem of Havana.

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14th Annual Cappies Nominations Announced

The Critics’ Awards Program, or Cappies for short, will celebrate outstanding achievement in high school theater at 26 public and private schools throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties in the 14th Annual Cappies Awards Gala on May 24 at 7 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center .

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Betting ‘All In:’ Act 2 As The Wick Theatre Buys Its Home

On April 28, Marilynn Wick will sign a $5 million mortgage and take formal possession of the former Caldwell Theatre building, heralding the beginning of a new phase of The Wick Theatre.

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Romantic Same Time Next Year Remains A Charming Perennial

Charm, that most underrated of quiet virtues in a theater of brassy belters and in-your-face spectacle, suffuses the vagaries of a 24-year love affair in Broward Stage Door’s appealing revival of the gentle Same Time, Next Year.

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Riverside’s Sister Act Has Slim Story But Visual Pizzazz

When a theatrical production’s scenery, lighting and costumes get as much attention as the characters, chances are the story is a bit slim. You see that clearly with Riverside Theatre’s eye-popping Sister Act, a co-production with the venerable Walnut Street Theatre of Philadelphia.

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Wick’s Take On I Love A Piano Is How To Do A Musical Revue

Not everyone is a fan of musical revues, but if you’re going to mount I Love A Piano, that justifiably popular evergreen staple of regional theaters over the past decade or so, this is the way to do it.

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Evening Star’s Murdered To Death Is Supremely Silly Fun

In Evening Star’s Murdered To Death, this comic murder mystery satire becomes so supremely silly with slapstick, overheated melodrama and an endless supply of verbal blunders that the actors have little recourse but to succumb to the infectious laughter from the audience.

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Roof! Reaches Heights In Its Love Affair With Miami Locale

There’s a rhythm to Ricky J. Martinez’s writing in his new play Roof!, which is having its world premiere at New Theatre. If there was a tin roof in Roof! (there isn’t), the words would sound like a tap, tap, tap on the tin. It has to do mostly with how Martinez has constructed the piece, his Ode to Miami. It’s “Miami language dealt in a Felliniesque way,” says one of the characters. It’s true.

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