Reviews

Ground Up And Rising’s Dying City Struggles For Clarity, But Has A Solid Performance

The ultimate themes and intended resonances of Dying City dance just out of intellectual reach in Ground Up and Rising’s brave but flawed production, but the audience gets some reward sifting through the intriguing confusion as they seek graspable meaning.

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Emotional Ravages, Changing Attitudes To Homosexuality In GableStage’s Mothers And Sons

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.

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Wildly Uneven But Creepily Intriguing Veronica’s Room

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.

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Evening Star’s The Subject Was Roses Needs A Few More Thorns

Evening Star Production’s The Subject Was Roses underscores the insightful script, but the valiant effort leaves far too much crucial passion AWOL.

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Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30: Pigs Do Fly’s A New Attitude Is 2nd Evening Of Short Plays

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.

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What’s New Pussycat Is Surprisingly Effective Blast From The Past At Stage Door

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.

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Laura Ruchala & Evening Star: Tragedy Tomorrow, Rollicking Comedy Of Errors Tonight

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.

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Mad Cat’s Centralia Is A Hoot And A Holler About A Hollar

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.

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Shorts Gone Wild 2: More About Relationships Than Risque

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.

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Thinking Cap’s Off-Beat Immersive Theater Piece “Church” Is Pure Hallelujah

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.

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