Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

City Commissioners Fail To Override Mayor’s Veto On Coconut Grove Playhouse

The Miami-Dade County plan to resurrect the iconic Coconut Grove Playhouse once again suffered a setback Thursday when the Miami City Commission failed to override its mayor’s veto. But county officials said last week that they were “prepared” to sue the city to challenge the veto on an array of technical and legal grounds.

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No Doubt At All: Playhouse’s Doubt Will Make You Think

Actors’ Playhouse’s Doubt is not about guilt or innocence. It’s about doubt. The nature of doubt. The fallout of doubt. Living with doubt. Deciding whether to act when you have doubt. In these extreme days when some people believe truth is fungible or fear that it is can never be divined, John Patrick Shanley’s 2004 play is excruciatingly resonant.

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Breaking News: County “Prepared” To Sue City Over Grove Playhouse Rebuff

Miami-Dade County is “prepared” to sue the City of Miami in order to proceed with its plan to resurrect the Coconut Grove Playhouse, said a county official spearheading the project.

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How Your Sausage Is Made in D.C.: GableStage’s Kings

Few plays have been as ruthlessly photographic depicting the pornographic incest of lobbying and corruption as well as the clash of idealism and pragmatism as Sarah Burgess’ Kings, currently on the dissection tray at GableStage.

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Funny & Tragic Pursuit Of Fame In The House Of Blue Leaves

The House of Blue Leaves gets as funny and touching a production from Palm Beach Dramaworks as anyone can ask for. Its virtues include superb direction, a flawless creative team and a wall-to-wall cast of actor-clowns willing to bury themselves inside the off-kilter and flawed characters.

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Breaking News: Miami Mayor Scuttles Coconut Grove Playhouse Plan With Veto

Miami-Dade County’s current plan to resurrect the Coconut Grove Playhouse was dealt what may be a fatal blow Friday when City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez vetoed the project primarily on historic preservation grounds. Suarez said he hoped that the county was willing to collaborate with the city on a compromised phased-in full renovation and restoration of the iconic theater.

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Theater Cues & News: Matilda Jr., New City Reading, A New Patsy, Moving Measure, Theatre Lab Experiments, Traffic Woes

News of Broward Center & local students create Matilda Jr., New City Players seeks feedback on new play, Wick extends and gets new Patsy Cline, TCG brings 1,000 artists to Miami, Measure for Measure gets new home, Theatre Lab to have longer runs

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An Absurdist Take On Celebrity Worship At PB Dramaworks

Palm Beach Dramaworks is reviving the funny, poignant The House of Blue Leaves about a Queens family whose life is turned inside out when the Pope visits NYC in 1965. Ordinary people spurred by the papal visit will seek validation of their own worth by pursuing celebrity for themselves – or at least vicariously by their idol worship.

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Intriguing ‘Precious Little’ Delves Into Communication

Thinking Cap Theatre director Nicole Stodard and her fine trio of actresses have inarguably produced an engrossing emotional and intellectual puzzle to stimulate the heart and mind in Precious Little.

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Lion King Roars Back To The Arsht As Fresh as Ever

The procession of savannah creatures –magnificent lions, leaping, a lithe leopard, soaring birds and a story-high elephant – strolling up the through aisles and onto a theater stage in the opening scenes of The Lion King is still breathtaking no matter how many times you’ve seen it.

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