Reviews

Whodunit? You Decide in Maltz’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Have you ever watched a play and complained, “I could end it better than that!” Here’s your chance. You – along with everyone else in the audience—gets to choose this month among 54 possible endings in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s revival of the charming 1985 murder musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

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Report From New York: Tracy Letts & Height of the Storm

Some of the shows we saw on our recent trip to New York — Tracy Letts’ Linda Vista and The Height of the Storm — were limited runs and closed before many of our readers could get there. But they pointed out opportunities for works we’d love to see attempted on local stages in Florida and around the country.

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Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight At MNM’s A Funny Thing

MNM Theatre Company’s delightfully silly production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum is a musical that prides itself on broad low and often ribald humor, pratfalls, double takes and half the encyclopedia of vaudevillian comedy.

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Conscience And Culpability Are Focus Of Premiere ‘Watson’

A central facet of his premiere Watson at GableStage is depicting what may be the world’s first personal information disaster, a horrifying tragedy as American-licensed technology is sold to the Nazis who later use it to identify Jews for extermination. But what resonates in these times are capitalism’s responsibility to humanity, and the intentional blindness styling itself as innocent ignorance.

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The Plot Escaped From Margaritaville, But Buffett’s Songbook Remains

Escape to Margaritaville, the Jimmy Buffett musical at the Broward Center would work so much better as a concert of the infectious songs imploring that you kick back, grab a drink and make yourself comfortable and just enjoy being carefree. Instead, the lyrics have been wedged and squeezed into a variety of scenarios. If you’re looking for a plot, better to keep looking for that lost shaker of salt as the story is lighter than air.

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Mystery Author Tackles Deeper Mysteries Of Conscience In GableStage’s Premiere ‘Watson’

As the writer with 28 best-selling mystery novels, James Grippando is usually focused on whodunits. But the Florida author is about to see the world premiere of his first playscript, Watson, at GableStage this weekend – as much a howdunit and whydunit about technology, capitalism and responsibility.

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New ‘West Side Story’ Has Winning Strengths, But Weaknesses Too

The West Side Story from the Prather family’s new Broadway Palm series at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center has so much to praise, yet, joins local productions to underscore how there are always aspects that fail to live up to what everyone intuits the piece can be.

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Lipstick Is Exactly What It Wants To Be: A Silly, Stupid Sex Farce

Island City Stage, which focuses on gay-themed work, apparently thought it was time to revive the genus of the British sex comedy with the world premiere of Lipstick, whose primary twist is that the farce centers on lesbians and the gay men in their orbit.

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Andy And The Orphans: Funny, Poignant And Unsettling

Resulting from Down syndrome as an adult, Andy’s simple, blunt and truthful verbal reactions to the complex statements and relationships swirling around him slice through the theater space and the artifice of the play form itself with a painfully accurate if non-judgmental slash in Primal Forces’ powerful Andy and the Orphans, which is as incisively affecting as it is quite, quite funny.

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There’s More To Johnny Cash’s Story In ‘Ring of Fire’

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash playing at Actors’ Playhouse finds its entertainment in having performers, sing, dance, act and play the instruments much as with the company’s successful Million Dollar Quartet.

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