Disgraced, bravely offered to the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s mainstream audience, is an incisive drama dissecting intersecting issues of ethnic identity, assimilation and especially persisting fear-fueled prejudices in post-9/11 America.
Broward Stage Door’s The Bris, The Bar Mitzvah and Beyond is an amusing afternoon mixing early Neil Simon-Woody Allen humor with a lengthy parade of serious issues ranging from father-son relationships to parenting to the unique demands of Jewish tradition. But for almost all of the first act and a good portion of the second, everything races by like a freight train running a half-hour behind schedule.
Validation – the affirmation that what you valued and invested yourself in does matter – is one of the most powerfully effective facets of both entertainment and art. And that, we’ll venture, is the overwhelming virtue of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical whose national tour is enjoying a splendid visit to the Arsht Center.
Take Noel Coward’s sophisticated wit, add exquisite direction and elegant acting, then tie it up with visuals you could plotz for, and it’s no wonder that Riverside Theatre’s production of Private Lives is, simply, a study in perfection.
Real Women Have Curves turns out be a no-excuses-needed production that justified the confidence that Main Street Players’ leaders had in evolving from a community theater into a professional troupe that deserves to be watched for the rest of the season.
The miracle of the Carousel when it’s done well, as it is in this Actors Playhouse production, is that although it’s 72 years old and its protagonists are a wife-beating ne’er-do-well and the woman who stubbornly loves him despite the domestic violence, the bloody thing works in the 21st Century.
Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of Collected Stories is not only one of the most affective and effective dramas seen in the region for many months, it offers a superb performance by a young actress Keira Keeley molded by gifted director Paul Stancato, and one of the best performances by an experienced actress we’ve seen in a long, long time, that of Anne-Marie Cusson.
Slow Burn Theatre has certainly captured Xanadu’s vibe in the company’s spirited, stupidly happy revival of its own 2012 production, which opened last weekend in Aventura and which will soon tour Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale
Chicken Coop Theatre’s production at the Levis JCC of Driving Miss Daisy is hardly among the most incisive nuanced editions you’ve seen of this oft-mounted warhorse, but the play itself is so well-constructed and the performances here are earnest enough that audiences still will be entertained if not deeply moved.
In a chilly sleek courtroom as clinical as a laboratory dissection tray, thousands of human lives, morality, principles and the law are piled on opposite pans of the scale – except it’s not blind justice holding the scales, but we in the audience in Miami New Drama’s intellectually-challenging courtroom drama Terror, having its American premiere.