Slow Burn’s Hunchback Sets Another Benchmark Of Growth

Slow Burn Theatre Company’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame staged on a relatively epic scale underscores another benchmark of growth for the once modest company that has solidly arrived as a major player in South Florida theater.

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Andrea McArdle At The Wick: Still The Working Actress Four Decades After Playing Annie

When 13-year-old Andrea McArdle exploded across the country, the moniker Broadway Baby recognized the talent powering her performance as Annie singing the iconic “Tomorrow.” Now, about to headline They’re Playing Our Song at the Wick Theatre, her voice and demeanor reflect four decades working steadily to consistent acclaim but never getting caught up in a cyclone of similar proportions.

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Dramaworks To Take On The “Other” Tennessee William Play, The Night Of The Iguana

The Night of the Iguana is the “other” Tennessee Williams play, the one most theatergoers have heard of, maybe even seen the Richard Burton-John Huston film, but likely have never gotten around to seeing on stage. Palm Beach Dramaworks is providing an opportunity to fill that gap on their patrons’ cultural checklist when it opens its 17th season this month.

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A Theatrical State Of The Union For South Florida Fall 2016

A different season advance: Quietly, oh so quietly, the 2016-2017 theater season in South Florida is shaping up to be as notable for tidal growth, contraction, ebb and flow as it is for the actual productions scheduled.

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Hirschman’s Solely Subjective Summation Of Shows That Shouldn’t Be Missed 2016-17

These are not at all necessarily what we predict will be the best shows this season (although they may be) or the best attended or the most popular or the most award-winning. We don’t care. These are the shows we most want to see for a variety of reasons. The list is woefully incomplete, likely with major but unintentional omissions.

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Oakland Park Native Says It’s The Right Time For ‘Rent’

Christian Thompson saw his first Broadway musical at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts when he was seven years old. A national touring company of Cats was what hooked him on the musical theater experience. Now, Thompson plays Benny Coffin III in the Rent 20th Anniversary Tour, which makes its stop at the Broward Center Oct. 7 through 9.

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Arsht Kicks Off Cultural Season With Day-Long Celebration

This year, Sept. 10 might just mark the unofficial kickoff to the season, at least for Miamians when the Arsht will present its second-annual ARTSLAUNCH2016, a festive daylong confab at all six of the venue’s spaces plus the parking lot and surrounding area.

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Stratford Shakespeare Festival Is One Singular Sensation

By Bill Hirschman The dictionary translates the Latin phrase “sui generis” as “constituting a class of its own,” but more commonly it’s used to mean “not like anything else,” often with the implication of excellence. The expression insinuated itself over …

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Shakespeare, Miller & Musicals: Reviews Of 9 Shows In Stratford

The easiest way to grasp a sense of the Festival, its styles and ethos is to recount and review the individual productions we saw during a trip last month. Hidden within may be insights that can be adopted by South Florida theaters.

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An Unusually Apropos 1776 For Our Times At PB Dramaworks

A deeply polarized citizenry, partisans with irreconcilable ideas about the role of government, a stalled deliberative body, confusion, anxiety. Sound familiar? The current political climate has spurred Palm Beach Dramaworks to reinvent that July perennial musical 1776 to highlight the similarities between us and the Founding Fathers in its production July 1-24.

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