GableStage’s production of Terrence McNally’s script Mothers And Sons surpasses the Broadway premiere by depicting close-up the devastating pain when deep emotional wounds inflicted decades earlier are ripped open again. And it depicts the process of rending apart the psychic scab in unforgiving real time.
Halloween has arrived early with a wildly uneven but strangely intriguing production of Ira Levin’s 1973 exercise in creepiness, Veronica’s Room at Andrews Living Arts. The evening never quite lands as a whole, but there are undeniably flashes and even long stretches that do justice to Levin’s attempt to make the audience wonder what is real and exactly who is crazy.
Evening Star Production’s The Subject Was Roses underscores the insightful script, but the valiant effort leaves far too much crucial passion AWOL.
Pigs Do Fly’s second outing of short comedies Fifty Plus: A New Atttude is a mildly entertaining, pleasant diversion punctuated by several guffaws and chuckles. But the undemanding evening generates little electricity and too few stretches of outright hilarity.
The secret of the highly improbable but undeniable success of the new ‘60s musical revue What’s New Pussycat — The Soundtrack of an Era at Broward Stage Door is encapsulated in the second-to-last musical number.
Despite the death of director Laura Ruchala, Evening Star Productions’ The Comedy of Errors is a rollicking ebullient edition of Shakespeare’s farce of mistaken identities. Ruchala’s playful play-filled vision embraces every stripe of daft and deft comedy from Will’s word play to slapstick.
When Mad Cat Theatre Company finds the right groove with the right piece as it has here with Centralia, even hidebound traditionalists need to recalibrate their definitions and expectations of “theater.” It’s clothed in the premise of small town residents putting on a show to raise funds for their town, which was decimated by an environmental disaster.
So the Cowardly Lion walks into a gay bar…. That premise pretty reliably lets you know that you must be watching the new edition of Shorts Gone Wild 2, the mildly risqué festival of short plays with a LGBT underpinning.
Sitting under a tent, sweating through the swelter, watching a faithful facsimile of a revival might not seem appealing to your everyday theatergoer. But bring an open mind to Thinking Cap Theatre’s play Church and savor a thought-provoking, exuberant even entertaining evening.