While the Broadway Palm production of Beauty and the Beast at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center will elicit giggles from the kids, this local edition is a surprisingly satisfying evening even for the adults thanks to fine voices, a live band and a cast that is fully invested in the work – not simply overacting for the less demanding children.
Does it ever get boring being in the room where it happens?
No, it does not, as illustrated from the moment Aaron Burr begins recounting the story of this lad from the Caribbean who became one the United States’ Founding Fathers in the tight, engrossing production of Hamilton at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts through March 15.
Something unexpected is on Riverside Theatre’s mainstage: A straight play. That’s right, no big box office-guaranteed lavish, toe-tapping musical Instead, patrons are getting well-developed characters, witty banter, heart-rending confrontations and the satisfaction of a good play well done in Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers.
Thinking Cap Theatre’s stunning production of Beckett’s Happy Days, offers an unmitigated triumph of a performance by Karen Stephens expertly molded by Nicole Stodard, but to say this absurdist bleak work is not for everyone is a gross understatement. Some will downright hate it. Others will be transfixed. Few will escape without considering whether how we use the time of our lives is meaningless.
In 2016, the interactive gay wedding theatrical experience Diego & Drew Say I Do had a successful run at the Broward Center. Now it’s back for a second go ’round. It has grown up just a bit with a stronger cast and better comic timing throughout.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you: If you purchase a ticket to the fourth and latest iteration of Miami Motel Stories, you will be put to work. You may have to repair a costume, or apply an actor’s nail polish, or shine a pair of shoes.
There’s something irresistibly intriguing when a whimsical fairy tale is invoked to teach life lessons to adults. Theatre Lab’s The Glass Piano may have a befuddled king, a savvy servant and a lovely princess. But tAlix Sober’s delightfully fanciful and imaginative work is absolutely not a children’s play.
Plenty of laughter, and quite a few tears, punctuate the dramatic comedy, or comic drama, if you prefer in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City, receiving an energetic, perceptive production directed by Keith Garsson at Primal Forces in Boca Raton.
Church & State, about the collision of faith, politics and gun control after a school shooting, obviously could not be more timely or more resonant for South Florida audiences. Unfortunately, Main Street Players, which has delivered some fine memorable work like its True West and Bad Jews, stumbles here although no one can be faulted for not investing their earnestness.
A war of words smoothly flows between two articulate, bright people with immensely opposing views on nearly every subject in British playwright David Hare’s drama Skylight, receiving a perceptive production at Palm Beach Dramaworks.