Reviews

JCAT Drives Home ‘Miss Daisy’s’ Relevance To Our Times

There are plays that you may have seen ithat, when you experience them in today’s environment, bring more of a tear then they might have 10 years ago. This is the experience with JCAT’s Driving Miss Daisy — an underlying reality that some of the experiences that many of us thought, probably Alfred Uhry, too, when he wrote it in 1987, would be reflective are once again front and center.

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Report From New York: You’ve Never Seen Oklahoma! Like This

Sitting in Circle In The Square’s deep-thrust proscenium-less theater, it’s inescapable that director Daniel Fish and his team have gone way, way out of their way to let you know that this is (to repeat an oft-used phrase) not your grandma’s Oklahoma! — even before the show starts, and then aggressively tossing paradigm-shifting trope-trashing curve balls at the audience.

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Family-Oriented ‘When She Had Wings’ Soars At Theatre Lab

Theatre Lab’s family-friendly production of When She Had Wings posits a young girl, convinced she could fly before she could walk, trying to regain her power of flight.

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TheatreWorks Adds Another Story To The 39 Steps

Oft-produced plays can sometimes be a groaner to sit through, yet again. How many more laughs can be extracted from the same story line and same characters? However, sometimes a production squeezes out even more juice. That’s exactly what TheatreWorks Silicon Valley had done with a top-notch, vaudeville-inspired production of The 39 Steps.

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Empire’s Clemenza & Tessio Fleshes Out Minor Characters And Makes Them Whole

For theater folks and movie buffs, the title is a giveaway, Clemenza & Tessio Are Dead. Those with a knowledge of theater will think of Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, also Shakespeare’s duo in Hamlet, and movie fans may remember the secondary characters, Tessio and Clemenza, from 1972’s The Godfather film

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Something Wicked This Way Comes: New City’s Macbeth

By Bill Hirschman The ominous omens in New City Players’ energetic and passionate Macbeth actually portend promising things for South Florida theater. The rarely spoken of deficiency in offerings and performance in local theater is Shakespeare. Only a handful of …

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Report From New York: Jake Gyllenhaal, Sturridge Ponder Meaning Of Fatherhood

Fathers — becoming one, being one and losing one — are the connective tissue of Sea Wall/A Life, the emotional double bill of two one-acts currently at the Hudson Theatre . While the performance of movie actor Jake Gyllenhaal may be the initial draw for many theatergoers, he is not the star. The two scripts are.

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Report From New York: Bat Out Of Hell (The Musical) — You Already Know If You Should Go

The musical theater evening inspired by Steinman’s classic 1977 album Bat Out of Hell is precisely what you expect it to be. For some, that means pure nirvana. Others not as inclined should stay far away during this production’s limited run through September 8.

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Report From New York: ‘Love Noel’ Revue Is Entertaining Gift From Noel Coward

The lovely, witty and sometimes caustic songs of Noël Coward are receiving an energetic and heartfelt revival in the highly entertaining Love, Noël: The Songs and Letters of Noël Coward, currently at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York City.

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Starmaker Premiere At Island City Brings Back Old Hollywood

Starmaker, getting its world premiere at Island City Stage, is about Henry Willson, the agent behind the hunky male stars of the 1950s, who, while fooling the cameras as straight sex symbols, are hiding their biggest secret: they’re all gay, notably Rock Hudson.

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