Performances

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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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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Lightning Bolt’s Showcases Hair’s Best & Worst Tendencies

Hair is a weird show, and not because the characters are weird. To the contrary, the flower children of the Vietnam era, which it explores with both affection and criticism, have arguably aged more into the mainstream after decades of the liberalization of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, and new age spirituality. Hair is strange because of the shambolic structure , as neither a fully sung-through musical nor a traditional, book-driven story.

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Report From New York: Tootsie Has Own Vibe, Not Copy Of Film

The creators of Tootsie, a Broadway musical destined to tour near you , made a brilliant and courageous choice to abandon duplicating the 1982 Sydney Pollack film starring Dustin Hoffman, and produce a fresh take on the same idea.

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Men On Boats — All Played By Women — Is A Goofball Pageant, Not A Feminist Manifesto

Main Street Players’ tongue-in-cheek production of Men On Boats — in which women portray the male explorers of the Colorado River — is basically a declamatory sixth grade history pageant merged with the broad humor of a Carol Burnett skit, blue language, and rarely a wink’s acknowledgment of the change in gender casting.

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Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew Is GableStage Benchmark Triumph

Amid a constellation of superb theater from GableStage comes a supernova of passion, pain and socio-political protest in a scorching drama Skeleton Crew. Its portrayal of African-American workers in a Detroit auto plant teetering on closing incisively examines racial issues that intensify impending tragedy, but also a world evaporating under our feet whuch crosses all demographic boundaries.

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Murder For Two Is a Welcome Summer Farce At Playhouse

As in troubling days in the past, once again farce provides a welcome dose of mindless zaniness that even the real life actors on the world stage cannot not equal. Add the musical mystery Murder For Two as two gifted clowns cavort at Actors’ Playhouse in a manic mélange of kinetic physical comedy, wacky wordplay and unrestrained supreme silliness.

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