Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

Knowing How It Ends Is Part Of The Secret For Flight 232

The highly theatrical, superbly effective United Flight 232 presented by the House Theatre of Chicago makes a strong ending to the Arsht Center’s Theatre Up Close series for the season.

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Viva La Parranda! Shares Soup, Stories And Song In A Very Original Production

Viva La Parranda! from Miami New Drama is more than a documentary play. It’s a microscopic and humanistic look inside a Venezuelan town, El Clavo, and singer Betsayda Machado has become the voice of El Clavo. During the lively original musical, it’s difficult to imagine the latest news of a city an hour and a half away, right now, so filled with violence.

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Music Not The Plot Is The Attraction in FGO’s Werther

Jules Massenet’s dramatic opera Werther is short on action, and its cast of characters limited. But it does have a reputation, however, of being the most French of French operas, and what has gained the 19th century work this reverence isn’t in its storytelling about the lovelorn poet and the woman he can’t have, but in the music.

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Fandom And Great Music Are Key To Always… Patsy Cline

Always…Patsy Cline at the Wick Theatre gifts the audience with recreations of about two dozen hits from the iconic country singer’s catalogue. But while the music is undeniably entertaining, this weirdly hybrid bio-musical also delves into the nature of fandom.

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17th South Florida Cappies Nominations Announced

The Critics’ Awards Program, or Cappies for short, will celebrate outstanding achievement in high school theater when students from 22 public and private schools throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties vie for top honors in the 17th Annual South Florida Cappies Awards Gala on Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in the Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

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OMG, You Guys: Riverside’s Legally Blonde Is A Hoot

The snappy, bubblegum musical Legally Blonde has come to energetic life at Riverside Theatre, bringing laughs to the unjaded and knocking at the heart of the weary.

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McKeever’s Script Is The Star In Main Street’s 37 Postcards

Sometimes the star of the show is the words.. Main Street Players does a credible job bringing life to the comedy 37 Postcards, but its prime virtue is Michael McKeever’s hilarious script, replete with witty lines, classic vaudevillian timing and copious opportunities for actors to do more slow burns than Jack Benny.

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Visually Stunning Anastasia Doesn’t Scrimp In Any Way

In recent years, while producers and designers of Broadway musicals have found subtle ways to slim down the overall effort on national tours. But Broadway Across America’s current sit-down of Anastasia at the Broward Center seems as visually and aurally stunning as the 2017 Broadway edition.

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UPDATE: Crucial Meeting On Playhouse Delayed To May 8

Breaking News: The Miami City Commission agreed Thursday to delay a meeting on what many believe is the last crucial decision regarding the future of the Miami-Dade County proposal to resurrect the fabled Coconut Grove Playhouse. Florida Theater On Stage was present at the meeting and will have a full report late tonight.

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Imagination Makes Area Stage’s Wizard Of Oz For Adults & Kids

Hearing that Area Stage Company is mounting The Wizard of Oz might make childless theatergoers pass. It would be their loss. Director Giancarlo Rodaz, his inexhaustible cast and creative crew have constructed a charming, witty and entertaining riff whose sterling quality is how they resourcefully solve staging problems that otherwise would require a far bigger budget.

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