Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

Thinking Cap’s Emperor of the Moon Is Delightful Lune-acy

With a cast of unfettered and inspired clowns, Thinking Cap Theatre has produced a hilarious edition of a 1687 comedy by Aphra Benn, The Emperor of the Moon, lathering almost every second of this commedia dell’arte farce with a humor encyclopedia’s worth of sight gags, comic timing, verbal delivery, bathroom humor and endless physical schtick — all delivered at a lickety-split pace by a comically nimble troupe.

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Stunning Excoriating Equus Gallops Across Dramaworks

Mere hours before the opening night of Equus at Palm Beach Dramaworks – a drama prompted by the true story of a troubled teen who blinded five horses – another troubled teen murdered 10 people in a nightmarish school shooting. But independent of that, its Equus stands among the most effective, perfectly executed productions that this company has wrought in its mission to deliver “theater to think about.”

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Nothing Average About Measure For Measure’s Next To Normal

A new theater debuting by choosing a complex musical about mental illness, and in the small confines of the 50 or so seat theater? Now that takes confidence. And confident the professional, non-Equity Measure for Measure appears to be, as it dives head first into the complicated, yet wholly satisfying Next to Normal, as part of a co-production with Infinite Abyss Productions.

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Dramaworks Hopes 45-Year-Old Equus Remains Raw, Relevant

Raw. The same carefully chosen adjective emerges in separate interviews with the two leading actors and their director to describe Equus, the shattering drama they are rehearsing for an opening this weekend at Palm Beach Dramaworks.

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Victor/Victoria Is Two Times The Fun With Emphasis On Antics

There’s more than a bit of Noel Coward running through Broward Stage Door Theatre’s Victor/Victoria. It’s what makes this production tick, a true understanding, and might we say, appreciation of the slapstick foundation of the 1995 Broadway musical version of Blake Edward’s 1982 movie.

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Million Dollar Quartet’s Reprise At Actors’ Rocks Once Again

So…what do Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis have in store for an encore in Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre’s much-anticipated return engagement of Million Dollar Quartet? The foursome has re-created sounds that seem more crisp and controlled, without losing the vibrancy and electricity audiences ate up during the 2016 production.

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New Measure For Measure Troupe Prevails Over Irma

Daimien J. Matherson and his new South Florida theater company Measure for Measure are finally about to put an undesired nickname — and Hurricane Irma — behind them Almost exactly eight months after the storm invaded South Florida, they’re ready to forget about the storm that postponed their original debut production.

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Success Of Primal Forces’ New ‘An Accident’ Is No Accident

The prickly problematic mutual attempts to heal physically and emotionally by an auto accident victim and the offending driver make an intriguing and rewarding drama at Primal Forces’ An Accident

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FGO’s Gloriously Romantic Florencia en el Amazonas (Plus A Little Bit Of Magical Realism)

Even more unflinchingly romantic than those starving Bohemians in the garret or those Egyptians being buried alive, the unalloyed passion coursing through Daniel Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas in its first production at Florida Grand Opera is a pungent pleasure.

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Complete Cappies Nominations Released, Gala Set For May 22

Those who doubt that young people are no longer interested in theater should watch the hundreds and hundreds of teenagers producing a tsunami of enthusiastic cheering and celebrating they generate at the 16th annual South Florida Cappies Awards Gala on May 22. See complete list of nominees in 42 categories.

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