Author Archives: Bill Hirschman
Savor an unqualified success with playwright-actor Ronnie Larsen’s The Actors. Copious laughs dominate a seemingly silly sit-com situation, but they recede (though never disappear) as the human angst underneath keeps poking toward the surface until it becomes the reason for the evening.
An array of artists and administrators who have helped build South Florida into a nationally-recognized regional theater hub will receive the Carbonell Awards’ highest honors this fall. Among the recipients: The prized George Abbott Award will go to Michael Tilson Thomas and Barbara and Lawrence R. Stein.
Bent deserves honor for putting recognizable human beings amid Hitler’s decimation of homosexuals during the Holocaust – and re-reminding the public of this horror. But rising above the gender topicality of Sherman’s script in Empire Stage’s uneven, but ultimately scorching production are universal issues about the challenge of preserving yourself basic humanity in such times.
I am begging every critic colleague, everyone who has seen Actors’ Playhouse’s Now and Then to NOT give away anything! One of the many pleasures in this drama laced with humor is watching the story unfold bit by bit, knowing something is going on underneath but enjoying how layers are peeled away by a quartet of superb actors and director.
Fade predictably indicts talent succumbing to ambition, but what’s special is how the verbally intense script infuses an insider’s incisive depiction of a diversity within modern Latinx life in a predominantly Anglo society.
Area Stage’s Giancarlo Rodaz’s visionary, deeply moving new production is still Beauty and the Beast, but it’s as radical a restaging as John Doyle’s Sweeney Todd.
Coconut Grove Playhouse Project Once Again ‘Full Steam Ahead,’ But Timeline and Ultimate Cost Unknown
Miami-Dade County’s long-aborning plan to resurrect the historic Coconut Grove Playhouse is once again underway at full throttle after navigating a complex maze of legal challenges that ended quietly in May. But the passage of time in the nine-year campaign means it’s not clear how much the project will cost or when it will open.
More current than the classic AIDS plays written three decades ago, Donja R. Love’s ‘one in two’ examines the challenges of with HIV-positive when talk shows have ads for pills that make the virus “undetectable” and restore the freedom to have casual sex or make love.
Eytan Deray’s courageous world premiere Educating Asher at Empire Stage – courageous not only because it has been drawn from the marrow of his being as playwright, but courageous because he also performs it, unreined and uninhibitedly without any self-serving censorship.
Main Street Players struggles bravely to conquer Lee Blessing’s satire on race and privilege in Black Sheep, but stumbles on tonal uncertainty. and fails to reach the script’s potential.