As we get older, the reality of loss becomes an inescapable fact of life. How we deal with that is the core of Stephen Brown’s Everything is Super Great at Theatre Lab (subtitled “a comedy about what’s missing”). Brown’s look at four troubled lonely people struggling to cope is quietly mordantly funny, but the humor is infused into underlying poignancy and compassion.
There may never be as great a production of The Music Man as the lightning-in-a-bottle original with performances of Barbara Cook and Robert Preston. But the Wick Theatre edition led by Norb Joerder and starring John Tartaglia and Julie Kleiner is as satisfying and entertaining a holiday treat as you could ask for.
Awe is not a quality you usually hear in the voices of theater pros when they describe the central character in a work. But that is the sense listening to director William Hayes, playwright Joseph McDonough and actress Elizabeth Dimon talking about Gertrude Berg, the heroine of their world premiere this month, Ordinary Americans at Palm Beach Dramaworks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.