Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

She Shorts Is Female-Centric, But Message Is For Everyone

Alright ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, she’s and he’s, and those who would prefer not to self-identify, Thinking Cap Theatre and City Theatre’s summer short play fest, She Shorts is for you, so that means everybody.

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Report From New York: ‘Toni Stone’ Hits A Home Run

Live theater’s ability to transport us to different situations and show us others’ stories makes a solid home run in the play Toni Stone, now receiving a rousing, heartfelt production through Aug. 11 at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Laura Pels Theatre in New York City.

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Percy Jackson Musical The Lightning Thief Mixes Young Adult Classic With Rock Vibe

Theatreworks USA’s touring production of The Lightning Thief is what results from mixing a young adult classic with a rock concert vibe à la Rent: a sometimes intense, yet always laid back feel-good romp that will leave audiences wishing that they, too, had a Greek god as a parent.

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Uplifting Come From Away Is Season’s Don’t Miss Highlight

Even writing about it the next day, the warmth still glows. In this time, to quote a lyric from another show, “of cold and darkness, in this terrifying night,” the affirmation of basic human decency engendered by the national tour of Come From Away stays comfortably nestled inside, nurturing hope for the future.

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Jolt Productions’ First Musical Is Winning ‘The Wedding Singer’

The Wedding Singer musical is a lively winning goofball vibe poking good-natured fun at that geological era known as “The ‘80s” in the inaugural offering of Jolt Productions, a professional company in Boca Raton.

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‘Glitter And Be Gay’ Proudly At Slow Burn’s Outrageous Priscilla

Intentional or not, Slow Burn Theatre Company producing Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at the height of Pride Week, near the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, is the ultimate synergistic commentary. Its edition of the reliably infectious feel-good musical rises another level into a conscious celebration of identity. Indeed, pride unfettered and unabashed explodes with the pure joy.

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Dancing Mobsters: Bronx Tale Shouldn’t Work But It Does

The national tour of A Bronx Tale is proof that if producers hire enough really talented people, you can make an inarguably entertaining musical out of damn near anything.

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Nick Duckart Is Coming Home With ‘Come From Away’

Hialeah-born actor Nick Duckart is coming home again from New York City. But he is a long way from the days struggling to sell televisions at Circuit City or vending souvenirs for shows at Lincoln Center. This visit fulfills a long-time dream: appearing in the national tour of the musical Come From Away— but being a crucial part of an emotionally powerful musical with an unusually close-knit company.

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M Ensemble’s ‘Sisters’ Delves Into Black Lives Mattering

Sisters opens and closes exactly as expected – two women from disparate socio-economic backgrounds spar and clash, but two hours later have bonded over the common need to remake their lives. But the affecting journey between those points is far from some simplistic television movie of the week.

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News: PPTOPA Goes Pro, Theatre League’s Summer Fest, Amico Honored, Amparo Extends Again

News items about PPTOPA hiring professionals, the South Florida Theatre League opens its annual summer festival, Michael Amico wins the Vic Award, Amparo extends again

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