With a cast of unfettered and inspired clowns, Thinking Cap Theatre has produced a hilarious edition of a 1687 comedy by Aphra Benn, The Emperor of the Moon, lathering almost every second of this commedia dell’arte farce with a humor encyclopedia’s worth of sight gags, comic timing, verbal delivery, bathroom humor and endless physical schtick — all delivered at a lickety-split pace by a comically nimble troupe.
Mere hours before the opening night of Equus at Palm Beach Dramaworks – a drama prompted by the true story of a troubled teen who blinded five horses – another troubled teen murdered 10 people in a nightmarish school shooting. But independent of that, its Equus stands among the most effective, perfectly executed productions that this company has wrought in its mission to deliver “theater to think about.”
A new theater debuting by choosing a complex musical about mental illness, and in the small confines of the 50 or so seat theater? Now that takes confidence. And confident the professional, non-Equity Measure for Measure appears to be, as it dives head first into the complicated, yet wholly satisfying Next to Normal, as part of a co-production with Infinite Abyss Productions.
There’s more than a bit of Noel Coward running through Broward Stage Door Theatre’s Victor/Victoria. It’s what makes this production tick, a true understanding, and might we say, appreciation of the slapstick foundation of the 1995 Broadway musical version of Blake Edward’s 1982 movie.
So…what do Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis have in store for an encore in Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre’s much-anticipated return engagement of Million Dollar Quartet? The foursome has re-created sounds that seem more crisp and controlled, without losing the vibrancy and electricity audiences ate up during the 2016 production.
The prickly problematic mutual attempts to heal physically and emotionally by an auto accident victim and the offending driver make an intriguing and rewarding drama at Primal Forces’ An Accident
Even more unflinchingly romantic than those starving Bohemians in the garret or those Egyptians being buried alive, the unalloyed passion coursing through Daniel Catan’s Florencia en el Amazonas in its first production at Florida Grand Opera is a pungent pleasure.
This familiar musical revue of Broadway legend Jerry Herman’s hits and misses, Jerry’s Girls, has been reimagined for the Wick theatre by Herman’s buddy Lee Roy Reams and performed by a company including Susan Anton. Like Herman’s repertoire, this Jerry Girls struggles with the same delicate balance of hits and misses.
Main Street Players challenges itself and its audiences in This Random World, this 90-minute think piece that will make you question some of your own connections to the people in your life. But the complex story has trouble flowing because of necessary scenery changes.
For those assigned to commit James Weldon Johnson’s narratives to memory in their younger days, M Ensemble’s God’s Trombones will wrap them in warm nostalgia. For others, M Ensemble skillful interpretation should elicit praise for introducing, and keeping, this important treasure of cultural history in the public eye.