With humor, poignancy and insight, Dietz portrays just such a patchwork invisible to its residents in his new play This Random World at Theatre Lab, the professional resident company at Florida Atlantic University.
Audiences can marvel at the artistry from actor Rob Donohoe and director Lynnette Barkley in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of Tru, but the one-man bio-play about Truman Capote never quite touches the heart or coalesces narratively.
A top drawer cast marks an unusually but intentionally bare bones production of Dan Clancy’s new play Middletown tracking the arc of four lives.
Led by the talents of Matt Loehr, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s Me and My Girl is the precisely the antidote for the seasonal angst – a couple of hours of escapist entertainment. The cast is clearly having a hell of a good time and it’s almost guaranteed that you will too.
Sister Act is not a great musical, not even a good one, but the Wick Theatre’s resurrection is so engaging, so energetic, so much pure fun that it will convert you and make you glad you bought a ticket.
“Here be monsters” repeatedly warns one of the two weird sisters at the center of the bizarre Gothic horror play Cuddles at Theatre at Arts Garage, but the creatures to beware are much different than the ones referenced by the ancient sea maps. But it is safe to say that Cuddles rates as one of the most “out there” plays you will have seen in the past year.
God is just like you and me – genial, well-meaning, chatty and, while omniscient and omnipotent, also flawed enough to make universe-shaking mistakes. At least that’s the God that actor Tom Wahl, director Joe Adler and playwright David Javerbaum offer during a delightful, hilarious and subversively insightful evening in GableStage’s An Act of God.
Sometimes stage theatricality more effectively thrusts you inside the head of someone completely alien to your own experience than the hyper-reality of a film is able to convey. A prime example is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime currently in the middle of a criminally short run at the Kravis Center ending Sunday.
When Topher Payne’s Perfect Arrangement bowed in 2013, the satirical indictment of homophobia, hypocrisy and a half-dozen other themes was a witty and insightful commentary. In the context of last week’s election, Island City Stage’s production is a terrifying reminder of the dangers of navigating a repressive culture through submissive accommodation.
Oddly, for all the technical artistry that the assembled talents are displaying in Florida Grand Opera’s thoroughly satisfying 10th run at Georges Bizet’s deathlessly popular masterwork, it is the imaginative touches of director Bernard Uzan and his insistence that they singers act that makes this edition memorable.