Author Archives: Bill Hirschman
A war of words smoothly flows between two articulate, bright people with immensely opposing views on nearly every subject in British playwright David Hare’s drama Skylight, receiving a perceptive production at Palm Beach Dramaworks.
Sometimes the joint is jumpin’ in M Ensemble Company’s Ain’t Misbehavin’, sometime things are sluggish; sometimes you can savor the brilliant lyrics coming from a talented quintet , sometimes you can only understand half the words. The moments that work are a joy to be present for a, some others are a disappointment.
Skylight might seem just an intriguing play focusing on an older widower trying to rekindle a relationship with a younger woman with whom he was having an affair with while he was married. But David Hare’s drama to open at Palm Beach Dramaworks is far deeper and more complicated. Emotions are with conflicting socio-economic-political attitudes on a dozen very timely topics, all colliding in passionate verbal sparring.
Hamilton, which explodes with power, vitality and imagination in the Kravis Center through Feb. 16, is not the Second Coming as many overheated observers would have you believe. But this tour demonstrates why this musical epic is a watershed work that may well transmute mainstream theater for a decade to come.
The first things to know about Slow Burn Theater Company’s musical Groundhog Day is (a) do not go expecting to see the movie and (b) do not go expecting Bill Murray. The third thing is that it doesn’t matter. At all. This unapologetically uplifting, deeply poignant and very funny version is well worth seeing over and over on its own terms.
You are invited to a wedding this month, well, a theater experience recreating a wedding. It may seem at first blush not your everyday wedding with the title Diego & Drew Say I Do, but actually it’s not the sexuality of the grooms that promise an unusual celebration. The plan is for the nuptials to be more notable for the carrying on of the guests than for the same-sex partners.
Across the face and embedded in the voice of the hero-narrator we can see a drive he can’t ignore, the profound costs and the unequaled joy of creating art in West Boca Theatre Company’s moving production of My Name Is Asher Lev. This tale of a Jewish boy maturing into a world-class painter incisively depicts the considerable price of heeding, pursuing and staying true to an artistic calling.
Face it. Resistance is useless when it comes to enjoying The 39 Steps. Any theater worth its comic salt will plunge head long into this madcap Hitchcock parody — Vero Beach’s Riverside Theatre included.
Given the multiple challenges inherent in mounting a stage version of the iconic film The Graduate, the Empire Stage production does reasonably well because of the commitment of everyone involved, but it does not qualify any better than an average night of theater.
Michael Leon’s world premiere The Cubans at Miami New Drama delivers an almost tactile depiction of how an extended family with multiple generations prioritize family unity while trying to preserve their culture and values against social pressure to assimilate and their children embrace a diverse outside world.