In a bit of serendipitous synchronicity with the sequel of Blade Runner and the reboot of Westworld, Primal Forces’ production of The Good Girl explores the complexities of humans creating creatures with artificial intelligence by asking who is influencing who in a world in which technology and humanity are so intertwined.
Perhaps you’ve seen The Sound of Music once too often. But if you have fond memories that seek reawakening or if you have never seen it on stage as opposed to the film, this is an enthusiastically recommended effort.
For a show that shattered a ceiling in 1983, La Cage aux Folles has become a warhorse in 2017. MNM Productions’ edition embraces the spangles, glitz and sheer Jerry Herman of it all. So if you haven’t seen it in a while, this is an entertaining reminder. What sets this apart is how it emphasizes the heart rather than the heat – and that’s a welcome emphasis for those who may have seen this classic once too often.
GableStage’s production of The Humans is like watching a Kmart photo department family portrait that has been left too near a wall heater. Almost imperceptibly, the edges start to brown, the image shudders a bit, then the edges curl ever so slightly. And suddenly, the perfect image erupts in flames.
Joy suffused the house on the “opening night” of the national tour of On Your Feet! the bio-musical about Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Part of the palpable elation pouring both ways across the footlights was simply that it was “our” story and “the cast’s” story being celebrated. “Our” refers to far more than Latinos, or immigrants, or minorities, or Miamians, although it’s about them, too.
A quarter-century on, the temptation is to r reinterpret Oleanna, David Mamet’s incendiary screed about toxic relations between men and women. But Evening Star Productions’ rendition in 2017’s not-so-brave new red state world underscores Mamet’s original politically incorrect indictment of political correctness spun insanely out of control.
Talent, energy and enthusiasm strut across the Broward Stage Door production of Saturday Night Live – The Musical. Unfortunately, this company does not have enough of those virtues to rescue this misconceived material that should stayed a film.
Seniors and caretaking Boomers recognize the real pain informing the facile catchphrase “Growing old is not for sissies” – a quality sharing the stage with copious laughs in Broward Stage Door’s production of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys.
Shorts Gone Wild 5, co-produced by City Theatre with Island City Stage, follows the same entertaining pattern eliciting guffaws, chuckles and a few choked back sniffles with risque and luight blue material. The acting and direction keeps improving year after year and those elements rescue scripts less deftly written. But this edition feels different for an intriguing reason.
An explosion of passionate performances (and flying silverware) mark New City Players’ production of the late Sam Shepard’s True West.