Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

Nilsson The Obscure: The Anti-Theater of Mad Cat Theatre’s “Varry Harry”

Watching Mad Cat productions often feels less like consuming theater and more like eavesdropping on inside jokes. The arcane references,obscure titles, the inexplicable musical interludes and Brechtian distancing are never amateurish, but they are cultishly insular. To that end, Varry Harry, Mad Cat’s world-premiere tribute to a similarly idiosyncratic voice, is doggedly on-brand.

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Once Again, Once Soars And Lands As Paean to Love

What the musical Once illustrates on the stage of Actors Playhouse is the unparalleled power of song to capture and then share the pure pain and pleasure of love.

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Color Purple’s Short Local Run At Arsht Is Uplifting Affirmation

As overwhelming as The Color Purple is to the eyes and ears, it’s the heart that is most affected in this Broadway Across America tour production at the Arsht Center. Powerful voices trumpet then caress a gorgeous score as actors expertly deliver all the possible emotions laden in a well-crafted but challenging script.

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Theatre Lab Revives 24-Hour Short Play Project In March

The tradition of staging a 24-hour marathon of theater-making as a fundraiser, first used locally by Naked Stage’s founders in 2008, will continue March 4-5 to support an intern and apprenticeship program at Theatre Lab, the professional resident company of Florida Atlantic University.

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Silence Is More Than Golden In Small Mouth Sounds at Arsht

Small Mouth Sounds is punctuated with grunts, moans, stamps, slaps, sighs, whimpers and snores, but fewer words are spoken by the leading characters than in an entire evening with Blue Man Group. That provides the wellspring of considerable humor, ample poignancy and significant themes about the ineffectiveness of verbal communication and the supremacy of simple human emotion.

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“Wicked” Is Still Wickedly Entertaining At Broward Center

The highly entertaining production of Wicked isn’t just defying gravity—it’s defying expectations. It’s easy for long-time theatergoers to become a bit jaded about seeing the umpteenth tour of a musical that you think you’ve seen too many times already. But any qualms about Wicked, now at the Broward Center tare quickly dissipated.

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Theaters Rolling Out The Titles For 2018-2019 Season, Part 1

If it’s February, then theater companies are taking advantage of the visiting snowbirds presence to announce what they hope will be an enticing slate of titles for the 2018-19 season.

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“Disaster!” Is Anything But

If you are a Boomer (and be warned, maybe only if you’re a Boomer or their progeny), Slow Burn Theatre Company’s hilarious spoof Disaster! will be in contention for one of the silliest, stupidest and downright funniest nights you have had in theater in recent years.

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Life Lessons From Lombardi At Vero’s Riverside Theatre

At the risk of sounding sexist… Riverside Theatre has opened a handsome production of a play that could turn husbands into theater patrons.
It’s Lombardi, a long one-act about famed Green Bay Packer coach Vince Lombardi. And it’s not a musical and it doesn’t have an intermission, so even those husbands who went to Sunday’s matinee still got home in time for the Super Bowl.

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FAU Theatre Lab Reels Out Meta-Meta-Meta Revolutionists

Theatre Lab’s production of Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionists resembles a blindingly scintillating gem-like puzzle with an infinite number of moving parts that twist in on itself over and over endlessly.

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