Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

Performances In Slow Burn’s Carrie The Musical Prevail Over Flaws In Script And Lyrics

The primary pleasure of Slow Burn Theatre Company’s run at the legendarily miserable (but subsequently overhauled) musical Carrie is enjoying how glowing talent, unbridled earnestness and total commitment provides a worthy reason to watch what remains a flawed piece of raw material.

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Teo Castellanos Solo Show Digs Deep, Gets Personal

Teo Castellanos’ solo work Third Trinity, a commissioned work by Miami Light Project, is bold in its presentation, mostly because it’s an autobiographical story of Castellanos’ growing up — a story that, when said aloud, is like something out of a movie. Castellanos thought that too.

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Breaking News: Plaza Theatre Shutters, Rings Down Curtain

The Plaza Theatre in Manalapan declared bankruptcy and closed its doors Friday on the day that it was poised to begin its third season due to a precipitous drop in ticket sales and an inability to attract wealthy underwriters.

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Slow Burn Takes A Chance on Resurrecting Carrie The Musical

They know. It seems beyond hubris for Slow Burn Theatre to mount a musical whose debut has become a catchphrase for famous flops, as in “Not since Carrie has there been such a theatrical disaster.” But they think the reworked piece has virtues worth saving.

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UM And Arsht’s Theater Up Close Embrace Sublime Silliness In Peter And The Starcatcher

Peter and the Starcatcher, an alternative origin story for Peter Pan, is an ensemble piece featuring a dozen chameleonic storytellers, each with moments in the spotlight. But Theater Up Close’s profligately imaginative romp features standout performances by student Abigail Berkowitz, and veteran Nicholas Richberg

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Dramaworks’ Quiet, Insightful Our Town Is Worth Investing Your Attention, Imagination

For such a seemingly simple play, Our Town requires the audience to generously invest their attention and imagination. Thornton Wilder’s classic only works when its visitors travel more than halfway there. But for those willing to make that journey, the gossamer delicate play can vibrate the heartstrings and the synapses.

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New Theatre’s Cuban Spring Plumbs How Generations Define Their Identity As Cubans

The overall picture may seem a bit disjointed and fuzzy, but the world premiere of The Cuban Spring at New Theatre incisively depicts the complexities of Cuban-American families in modern Miami as their American-born generation conflicts with parents struggling with ghosts of their birthplace.

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24-Hour Theatre Project Oct. 27 To Support Dana Castellano

The Naked Stage’s annual 24-Hour Theatre Project is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, hosted this year by Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach. All proceeds will go directly to Dana Castellano — a longtime supporter of the entire South Florida theatre community — to help cover medical costs as she battles cervical cancer.

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Love and Lust Rage In Fatal Triangle In Actors’ Playhouse’s Rock Opera “Murder Ballad”

Every couple of years, Actors’ Playhouse – home of the mainstream musical –mounts an edgy modern work that nourishes the creative soul of the theater’s more adventurous patrons like next to normal and Floyd Collins. Add to that list the cult rock opera Murder Ballad that mixes love, lust, loss, passion, fury, pain and violence in a fatal triangle as old as Mankind but as current as last week’s tabloid.

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Students And Pros Learning From Each Other In Arsht/UM’s Peter And The Starcatcher

Underneath all the imagination and playfulness inherent in the upcoming fantasy of Peter and the Starcatcher at the Arsht Center, a practical apprenticeship has been forged among students and professionals so synergistic benefit that sometimes the lines get blurred who are the mentors and who are the mentees.

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