Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

Parade Productions’ Undo Charts Divorce By Replaying Wedding In Reverse

Undo’s premise – a Jewish divorce ceremony that rewinds a couple’s wedding day — sounds so much like a sitcom episode that you keep expecting it to slide into shallow farce. But it doesn’t. The script is shot through with mordant gallows humor, but Parade Productions’ edition keeps excavating the marrow of marital and familial relationships.

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Come Hear The Music Play: Darker, Lewder, Deeper Cabaret

Broward Stage Door’s courageously adult and resplendently lewd production of Cabaret ain’t your condo grandmother’s musical comedy. The only thing missing from this vision echoing the Sam Mendes revival is the nipple ring.

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DreamCatcher’s Uneven Into The Woods Thrills And Disappoints

This Into The Woods by DreamCatcher Theatre and Theater Up Close is so heartbreakingly uneven that it may bring Sondheim lovers close to tears. Long stretches are so skillfully and lovingly executed that you want to cheer. Others fail to conquer this difficult work. But the misstep is the high-profile casting of Tituss Burgess in the linchpin role of the Witch.

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McCraney’s Choir Boy Examines Individual Struggling With A Conformist Society

A gay teenager leading a religious choir at a regimented prep school for African-Americans is a perfect theatrical metaphor for an individualist struggling to square his uncompromising self into a society built upon conformity. Elevated by thrilling music performed in five-part harmony, a depiction of this difficult dance is the premise of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy in GableStage’s intriguing production.

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FGO’s Cosi Fan Tutte Is Hilariously Comic And Indefensibly Cruel

At the end of Florida Grand Opera’s beautifully performed and comical edition of the Mozart farce Cosi Fan Tutte, you’ll want to take the heroes into a dark alley and beat them with a two-by-four.
By successfully depicting the sadistic emotional vise that the heroines are crushed in, director Bernard Uzan and a glorious cast intentionally or unintentionally gut the opera’s blithe misogynistic ethos.

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Sultry Bonnie & Clyde Steams Up The Joint At Slow Burn Theatre

With Bonnie & Clyde, Slow Burn Theatre Company has found the strengths in a “troubled” work and forged an entertaining even intermittently thrilling work. It keeps nudging upward the level of quality and polish without sacrificing a commitment to tackling edgy, difficult work that few would attempt.

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Carey Hart Delivers A Lovely Present To Audiences At M Ensemble’s The Gift Horse

M Ensemble’s production of The Gift Horse has praiseworthy virtues and crippling problems that make it a mixed experience. But it does give the audience a long-delayed gift in Carey Hart’s scintillating, poignant performance as a witty but troubled woman seeking true love.

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Miami’s DreamCatcher Siblings Go Into The Woods With The Arsht’s Theater Up Close

Miamians J.J. and Natalie Caruncho built their careers as thespians in New York City, but now in their mid-20s, the siblings have returned home with the new company DreamCatcher Theatre to produce the Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods with the Arsht Center’s Theater Up Close series.

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Complete List of Carbonell Nominations For 2014 Season

Complete List of Carbonell Nominations For 2014 Season

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2014 Carbonell Nominations Reward A Wide Range Of Work

The unusual richness of the 2014 season in South Florida theater is reflected in the 2014 Carbonell Awards nominations released today, ranging from lushly produced mainstream blockbusters to edgy works from modest avant-garde troupes.

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