Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

M Ensemble’s Seven Guitars Is Virtually Music As Theater

In the current production of The M Ensemble Company, August Wilson’s legendary Seven Guitars almost plays like a musical or a folk opera akin to Porgy and Bess or Floyd Collins.

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Lightning Bolt’s Into The Woods Gives Modern Resonance

Into the Woods’ disturbing second act occurs in a boy’s nightmare in Lightning Bolt Production’s riveting, pulse-quickening production at the West Boca Performing Arts Center. Director Jessie Hoffman has re-imagined the musical from the narrator’s perspective. That character, who in this production is a 12-year-old boy, plays a larger role than in other mountings.

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GableStage’s “I’m Gonna Pray For You” Scorches The Stage

Human beings’ desperate need for affirmation of their self-worth from some source outside themselves – whether it’s from a parent or strangers’ judgments – drives GableStage’s scorching production of Halley Feiffer’s I’m Going To Pray For You So Hard.

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Demos-Brown’s Bway Debut Gets Date, Theater and Cast Including Kerry Washington

The intensifying Black Lives Matter conversation will be fueled on Broadway this fall in the unique vision of Christopher Demos-Brown, one of Florida’s most esteemed theater professionals, in the form of his racially-explosive drama, American Son. Key details were revealed today including dates, the stage and the top-lined cast including Scandal’s Kerry Washington.

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Miami’s Shorts Is Once Again A Welcome Summer Cooler

They make it look so easy.

The 23rd annual City Theatre Summer Shorts crew slip seamlessly from broad comedy with a hint of a moral to bittersweet drama with a soupcon of dry wit and back again in nine separate playlets.

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Women’s Journey Is Familiar in Stage Door’s From Door to Door

From Door to Door, a bittersweet comedy retracing the evolution of Jewish-American womanhood through 65 years of the 20th Century, is a procession of clichés spread over 80 minutes. But if the current production at Broward Stage Door doesn’t have much vibrancy or energy, it admirably underscores that beneath tropes lies truth.

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Lots of News: Summer Fest, Charlie Cinnamon, Dramaworks, GableStage, MNM, Stage Door, Spotlight On the Arts & More

Tons of news about South Florida Theatre League, MNM Theatre Company, GableStage, Palm Beach Dramworks, Spotlight on the Arts, Earl Maulding, Actors Playhouse, Broward Stage Door, Lightning Bolt Productions, Theatre Lab, Matt Stabile

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MNM Theatre Co. Hosts A Welcome Return to Avenue Q

MNM Theatre ’s Avenue Q, the musical comedy with foul-mouthed and copulating puppets, has never been as clearly about education as now. It’s the curriculum about coping with disappointment waiting in the real world.
The drolly hilarious Avenue Q, being given a “fine, fine” outing by MNM, is also imbued with a quiet sadness and accompanying sympathy for the loss of hopeful naiveté.

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Winners of 16th Annual Cappies Awards Presented This Week

The crush of more than a thousand cheering students, their parents and friends overflowed the orchestra seating and the boxes of the Broward Center’s cavernous Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center Tuesday as the 16th annual Cappies Awards recognized excellence in high school theater and theatrical criticism.

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Imagination Substitutes For Big Budget In Delightful Shrek

Director Giancarlo Rodaz made a virtue out of a tiny budget by substituting imagination for cash plus a joyful embrace of theatrical artifice in his production of Shrek the Musical at Area Stage Company.

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