Reviews

Neil Simon’s Gingerbread Lady: Harrowing Descent Into Alcoholism — With Laughs

Neil Simon’s dark comedy The Gingerbread Lady gets a fine production at Primal Forces featuring a bravura performance from Patti Gardner.

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‘Cowboys’ Confessions Tells Of Magic City’s Not So Golden Days

The world premiere of Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy, a fact-based but stylistically executed play at Miami New Drama from filmmaker Billy Corben and screenwriter Aurin Squire, captures Miami’s drug-obsessed past through the eyes of a hitman.

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They’ve Got Rhythm: Wick’s Glorious Crazy For You

In 2019, if you want some idea what the original production of Crazy For You was like, or what those Depression Era musicals were like, live and in the flesh, settle in for The Wick Theatre’s glorious revival.

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Dynamic ‘Memphis’ Is A Rousing Hit At Actors Playhouse

Actors’ Playhouse is staging an electric, pulsating production of Memphis — a high-octane, acrobatic dancing, believable performances and soulful, spirited singing. The performers’ voices are versatile, strong and emotive.

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No Need To Go To NYC To See My Fair Lady; Try Vero Beach

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more energetic and exquisitely directed production of My Fair Lady than that on stage now at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. This production is a theatrical feast serving up humor, strong performances, lusty choreography, impeccable elegance and music that tests the audience’s will to behave.

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FGO’s Vibrant Surreal Frida Is Not Your Everyday Grand Opera

Expectations: It’s crucial that regular patrons know that Frida is unlike almost any other work previously offered by Florida Grand Opera. The eclectic score, surreal staging, use of microphones and partial nudity shouldn’t deter anyone; just don’t go expecting Rigoletto.

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The Children Is Eco-Thriller Told By Masterful Cast And Director

How do you review a play without spoilers when perception-changing revelations occur every few minutes including one halfway through that shoves the play in a 90-degree angle? Just trust us that GableStage’s The Children – eco-thriller, horror story, tale of domestic trouble, and a half dozen other themes – is a stunning experience melding playwriting, direction and acting.

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My Bubbie, Crossing Delancey Is Heartwarming At The Levis JCC

Levis JCC mounts charming and touching Crossing Delancey complete with matchmaker, a young woman eligible for a match and potential applicant.

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Classic Todd Tale Gets Fresh Approach From Zoetic Stage

One definition of classic theater is a piece that not only remains popular or relevant through time, but which can be endlessly reinterpreted or restaged without losing any of its brilliance, Shakespeare’s work being the most obvious example. Zoetic Stage’s latest entry working its way through the Stephen Sondheim canon underscores how Sweeney Todd qualifies.

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Thrilling Tap Dancing Mostly The Reason To See My One And Only

It would be facile and unfair to say the one and only reason to see the Broward Stage Door production of the musical My One and Only is the exuberant joyful tap dancing. The leading lady has a lovely voice. And the music is by the Gershwins. But otherwise, this production is what theatrical academics and professional dramaturgs technically call “a mess.”

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