Author Archives: Bill Hirschman
Issie Swickle. Remember that name. Not that you’d have trouble doing so. But remember when you first heard it, for bragging rights. Because you may be hearing it for a long time.
The secret of the highly improbable but undeniable success of the new ‘60s musical revue What’s New Pussycat — The Soundtrack of an Era at Broward Stage Door is encapsulated in the second-to-last musical number.
Palm Beach Dramaworks is embarking on an ambitious new plays development program: Dramaworkshop. Over the next three years, the company is building a framework to nurture nascent scripts through readings, workshops and full developmental productions.
Despite the death of director Laura Ruchala, Evening Star Productions’ The Comedy of Errors is a rollicking ebullient edition of Shakespeare’s farce of mistaken identities. Ruchala’s playful play-filled vision embraces every stripe of daft and deft comedy from Will’s word play to slapstick.
Shadowing the 18-hour day when local musicians are first thrown together to rehearse and play opening night of the Miami visit of the national tour of Evita — a job requiring skill, stamina, concentration and discipline to sound as if they have played it together for months.
The Arsht Center is t trying to keep talent in South Florida. They created MiamiArtsJobs.com, a job portal dedicated to helping find employees for Miami’s growing cultural institutions and showcasing great opportunities for people who want careers in all facets of the arts but aren’t sure where to go to find them.
When Mad Cat Theatre Company finds the right groove with the right piece as it has here with Centralia, even hidebound traditionalists need to recalibrate their definitions and expectations of “theater.” It’s clothed in the premise of small town residents putting on a show to raise funds for their town, which was decimated by an environmental disaster.
Lithe and graceful, Ron Hutchins stands out in any theater lobby on opening night, often noticeable for a quiet laugh that sounds like it’s coming up out of a coal chute in the basement. But he’s obviously most comfortable sculpting a dance routine out of human raw materials whether they are highly accomplished professionals or, as often happens, raw young students.
So the Cowardly Lion walks into a gay bar…. That premise pretty reliably lets you know that you must be watching the new edition of Shorts Gone Wild 2, the mildly risqué festival of short plays with a LGBT underpinning.
Sitting under a tent, sweating through the swelter, watching a faithful facsimile of a revival might not seem appealing to your everyday theatergoer. But bring an open mind to Thinking Cap Theatre’s play Church and savor a thought-provoking, exuberant even entertaining evening.