Reviews

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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Seeking A Path Through The Past In Redwood Curtain

Lanford Wilson’s wistful and whimsical play Redwood Curtain postulates that the past we stock our psyche with becomes something integral to our being that has to be faced down if we are to move beyond it. It gets a well-meaning outing from the fledgling Primal Forces Production. It’s an intriguing evening that starts the brain cogitating about the themes, but as theater it doesn’t land solidly.

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Words Are The Heroines In Thinking Cap’s Vita And Virginia

In theory, Vita and Virginia details the relationship between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. But the real romance is a profligate, glorious love affair with words, with language, with literate expression.
Superb performances luxuriate like bodies lounging on the elegant chaises in Thinking Cap Theatre’s measured production.

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Satire Skewers Pursuit Of Celebrity In The Little Dog Laughed At Island City

Can a meaningful relationship blossom in a world where cynicism and self-interest seem to trump integrity and burgeoning affection? Island City Stage’s production of Douglas Carter Beane’s hilarious and touching The Little Dog Laughed explores the conundrum set amid the pragmatism of 21st Century seekers of fortune and fame in the shallows of a celebrity-centric culture.

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Evening Star’s The Addams Family Gamely Delivers The Goofy Giggles In A Flawed Script

There’s enough giggles and grins in Evening Star Productions’ The Addams Family delivered by these game, committed thespians to keep this production mildly diverting, but they still are finding their artistic chops and they still are chained to a script and score that devolves from the strychnine into the saccharine.

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Slow Burn Theatre’s Ambitious Rent Pays Off In Spectacle

Slow Burn Theatre Company’s Rent is ambitious, daring, electric and 2 1/2 hours of non-stop rock ‘n’ roll — a no-holds barred, take chances, go-out-on-a-limb spectacle. But when stripped of the spectacle, the characters, some facing death, with others living in the shadows of HIV/AIDs, lack life.

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Where’s Whoopi? Sister Act Is Button-Pushing Mediocrity

Sister Act is not a terrible musical; it even has amusing and mildly entertaining passages. But the national tour at the Arsht Center is also a head-shaking mediocrity that begs an answer to why talented theater veterans wasted their time – and ours – on it.

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The Magnificents Is Old Fashioned Entertainment

The Magnificents, The House Theatre of Chicago’s production that’s playing inside the intimate Carnival Studio Theater at the Adrienne Arsht Center, is pure and simple and classic entertainment.

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Women Playing Hamlet Wryly Examines An Actor’s Inner Life

For such a very funny play, the world premiere of Women Playing Hamlet at New Theatre digs deeply into that alchemical process when an actor draws on their own life experience to create a creature nearly impossible to discern as a character in a play on a stage.

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Wick’s O-o-o-o-o-klahoma! Is Tuneful Mainstream Fairy Tale

The Wick Theatre’s Oklahoma! is an apple cheek fairy tale , a broad musical comedy sprightly painted with bright vibrant colors that will not fail to entertain if you let it. Not only will this decidedly mainstream production not annoy most pre-Sondheim patrons, they will embrace it with a joyous “this is what we want to see” reaction.

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