To avoid spoiling the specific emotional U-turns, all that veteran theatergoers need to know about The Cripple of Inishmaan opening at Palm Beach Dramaworks this month is that it’s a classic exemplar of the Martin McDonagh oeuvre that alternates raucous raunchy wit and heart-searing tragedy, sometimes punctuated with bloody violence.
When idea-hungry audiences at Palm Beach Dramaworks who have cheered Ionesco and Albee are faced with something less challenging, some complain to Producing Artistic Director William Hayes that they can see that fare elsewhere. They will get their wish in extremis this month with Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia.
Disgraced, a drama dissecting ethnic relations in post 9/11 America, already has become one of the most produced plays in regional theaters over the past three years. But the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s production opening this week obviously could not be more timely, although it was announced a year ago and penciled it before that.
Most courtroom dramas metaphorically use the audience as a jury. But Terror, a German play receiving its U.S. premiere from Miami New Drama this week, literally requires the audience to vote on the defendant’s guilt or innocence to determine the outcome of the play.
The 21st Century paradigm for developing new plays in on display this month at Palm Beach Dramaworks’ Dramaworkshop “developmental” production of Jennifer Faletto’s Domestic Animals.
The challenge of mounting such an iconic musical as The Producers with its legendary Broadway production haunting any subsequent edition oddly isn’t chilling the principal talents at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s production opening Jan. 10.
Critics and award judges have been talking about it for weeks: The sheer amount of high quality work has made evaluating the last 12 months unusually challenging, but also an opportunity to remember one of the most rewarding calendar years in recent memory. So here’s a supremely subjective stab by all three critics here at Florida Theater On Stage at recognizing the shows and performances that stood out from a pack of productions.
Actor Etai Benson heaps praise on his South Florida roots in helping him to navigate his “role of a lifetime.” The Coral Springs native plays Adam Hochberg in An American In Paris, now on a national tour and coming to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts this week.
South Florida singers, especially theater actors, often seek a place to try out new material, a haunt where they can keep their chops honed, a venue to show off a range their colleagues might not suspect. Two cabaret veterans and a Florida-based producer are kicking off a series of such events in Delray Beach beginning Thursday and continuing four more dates through the spring.
Sitting at a table in Palm Beach Dramawork’s rehearsal hall, Rob Donohoe doesn’t look or sound a thing like Truman Capote. He’s taller, his hair is brown and full and his voice is a warm baritone. But he and director Lynette Barkley have been cataloguing the external public celebrity and the internal tortured soul in preparation for the one-man drama Tru opening Dec. 2.