Reviews

Bell Book And Candle Only Intermittently Casts A Spell

Broward Stage Door’s quite serviceable but not bewitching production of this 1951 fantasy love story doesn’t feel especially magical in the first act, but it locates the right bag of pixie dust in the second act to show why director Michael Leeds wanted to do the play.

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Dramaworks’ “Lady Day” Is A Tour De Force Play With Music

Veil after veil are slowly stripped away from the elegant sophisticated stage persona that is “Billie Holiday” until standing exposed is a blunted devastated victim of racism, sexism and abuse – some imposed and some self-inflicted — in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ incisive Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.

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Affair In Reverse Provides Thoughtful Fodder In Betrayal

If God is omniscient, He must be inconsolably sad. Zoetic Stage’s superb production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal puts its audience in that poignant and painful position in which Knowledge is, indeed, the poisoned apple in Eden.

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Report From New York: Fun Home Is Profound Look Back At Who And What Made Us

After love, compassion has to be the highest virtue of humanity. That tender melding of sympathy and forgiveness for human failings and their resulting tragedy suffuse the transcendent musical Fun Home, a front runner for the Best Musical Tony and numerous others.

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Spoof Of ’30s Musicals, Dames At Sea, Lands At The Wick

We were tough last week on the national tour of Anything Goes. If those folks want to know what we were hoping to see, they should take the day off and drop in on what The Wick Theatre is doing with Dames At Sea with a fifth of the resources.

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FGO’s English Language “The Consul” Is Affecting Nightmare

Florida Grand Opera’s production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul is somehow far more emotionally potent than fairy tale stories of ancient star-crossed Egyptian beauties and 19th century abandoned Japanese naifs wailing repetitively in languages you don’t understand.

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Pigs Do Fly Launches Seven Short Plays For The Over 50 Set

Ellen Wacher’s Pigs Do Fly Productions opens its second season by, for and about people over 50 years old arguing that F. Scott Fitzgerald was wrong about no second acts in American life with its newest anthology of playlets under the umbrella title No Fear of Flying.

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So-So Anything Goes: Better You Should Listen To The Cast Album

It would be inaccurate to compare the soggy national tour of the sea-borne Anything Goes to the Titanic. But if there ever was proof that Broward Center audiences will give a standing ovation to anything, it was the opening night Tuesday of a pallid production so lackluster that someone should have thrown a life preserver at it.

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Outre’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Is, Well, Bloody Good

With bracing anger, profuse profanity and biting satire that is more slashing than surgical, Outre Theatre Company’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson will not to be everyone’s taste but for those whose preference run more to Rent than Mamma Mia, this is your acidic cup of tea.

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Some Drama Kicks Off A Chorus Line At Broward Stage Door

Most critics despise adding a letter grade to their review. But watching Broward Stage Door’s admirable production of A Chorus Line kept bringing up over and over the idea of a “B” and what that means. That’s not any kind of insult. In fact, given Stage Door’s resources, it’s a genuine compliment.

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