Performances

Amid Violence, Gay Sex and Kidnapping, ‘Borrowed’ Dissects Troubled Father-Son Relations

The world premiere in Miami of Borrowed examines with emotion and specificity the lasting tragic damage of father-son and son-father relationships that imploded years earlier. With copious violence, sex and profanity, Jim Kierstead’s first script is far from subtle but also unafraid to look deep into complex legacies wrought by ancient family dysfunction.

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Slow Burn’s Go-Gos Musical Comedy Perfect for Pride Month

In the charming, big-hearted Broadway musical, Head Over Heels, Slow Burn Theatre Company delivers a visually striking, lively, and credible production.

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No Mystery Here: Irma Vep is a Madcap Hoot at Island City

Andy Rogow is the director of Island City Stage’s The Mystery of Irma Vep, but were he a less humble man, he might also take the title of chief illusionist or conjurer. For the production is nothing if not a magic show, a self-aware cornucopia of tricks from a creakier, more analog time of stage wizardry.

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Thinking Cap Returns With Challenging Fornes Classic

Thinking Cap Theatre returns to producing live on stage works that challenge the mind with Maria Irene Fornes’ Fefu and her Friends, a densely packed contemplation on feminism, gender stereotypes, sexuality and relationships in an evening that will excite some and simply confuse others.

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Summer Shorts Finally Gets to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

Like death and taxes, one of the few truly dependable things in life is that the venerable Summer Shorts from City Theatre is going to be a satisfying mix of light comedy with a few mildly serious moments. And its silver anniversary production remains a thoroughly entertaining source of 10-minute plays executed by a seasoned cadre of pros.

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GableStage’s Magical Thinking Is Unnerving Look at Grieving

As death and grieving surround us, Joan Didion’s play at GableStage, The Year of Magical Thinking, is guaranteed to be uncomfortable, even upsetting. But that should not dissuade you. Her account of processing the death of her husband daughter is an exemplar of why stage drama exists.

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Immersive ‘The Blues Opera’ Entertains 10 Patrons at a Time

Eric Garcia, musician-storyteller, deliver an one-man autobiographical immersive experience through Juggerknot Theatre Company in his “The Blues Opera” is Miami.

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Dramaworks’ Belle of Amherst Celebrates The Glory of Words

Palm Beach Dramaworks’ The Belle of Amherst reveal Emily Dickinson not as the reclusive old maid you perceived in American Lit class, but as a passionate and joy-radiating genius who can gently skewer pretension with self-deprecating humor. Margery Lowe in a bravura tour de force and director William Hayes create Emily as a vibrant, witty, independent thinker so engaging that you want to adopt her as your new best friend.

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Murder on the Orient Express Reimagined as Comic Trip

Do not go to Actors’ Playhouse’s Murder on the Orient Express expecting the grim locked-room mystery at the heart of the films or the novel. This 2017 edition is penned by the playwright of Lend Me A Tenor. If you can wipe the tone of those earlier efforts from your mind, you will likely find yourself chuckling much of the night at these theater veterans turn the Christie classic into a cute, often quite funny two-hour comedy sketch.

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Vero Beach’s Riverside Reopens With John Denver Bio-Musical

After its January re-opening production of Carousel was cut short by Covid, the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach re-re-opened its season on May 10 with a splendid production of Almost Heaven: John Denver’s America. This show’s Opening Night audience was clearly stoked to be back in the theatre after so long and embraced the performance with heartfelt affection.

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