Franklin Graham, the homophobic alt-right son of Billy Graham, just finished a revival tour of Florida this weekend. Too bad he didn’t attend the revival of the musical Altar Boyz at Island City Stage that energetically, if gently, teases boy bands and evangelistic Christian pop rock by infusing a decidedly gay undercurrent. It would have driven him crazy.
GableStage’s co-production with Palm Beach Dramaworks of the world premiere of Ordinary Americans traces TV icon Gertrude Berg as she battles blacklisting, featuring stellar performance by Elizabeth Dimon.
Later we’ll get to the surprisingly strong performance of an America’s Got Talent semi-finalist in the title role; more importantly, the Wick Theatre’s production of Evita is a painful reminder of just how current the 1976 work remains as a cautionary tale of faux populism harnessed by unscrupulous power seekers.
Riverside Theatre puts a new shine on old tropes in its snappy and vibrant production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.
When hearing that the Maltz Jupiter Theater is presenting Chicago, potential audiences could be forgiven for thinking silently: “Chicago? Again? They could not be more wrong. For years, the Maltz has specialized in taking a popular title, and reimagining it so completely –it’s as if you’ve not seen it before.
It takes courage to mount a play whose 1992 film version is as iconic as A Few Good Men with an unforgettable performance by Jack Nicholson . But this production of Aaron Sorkin’s play by Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts is a promising harbinger as the long-time community theater’s second production as a professional troupe.
American Son at Zoetic Stage doesn’t offer solutions to the complexity of race so much as explore with increasing intensity the exact craggy contours of the gulf. Christopher Demos-Brown’s play brings the audience alongside those struggling with the conflicting and seemingly irreconcilable pressures on not just African-Americans but everyone awash in the social maelstrom.
The first half to two-thirds of the West Boca Theatre Company’s Brighton Beach Memoirs is sincere, but unsubtle and unsatisfying theater. Then this production slowly starts to ramp up with increasingly affecting, occasionally moving performances that you wish had been there in the previous 90 minutes of stage time.
The Disneyization of Broadway has brought a whole new world of theater to a new generation of audiences who, hopefully, will be theatergoers for a lifetime. Put the highly entertaining Aladdin, now at the Broward Center in that category.
At the beginning of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, now at the Arsht Center, Willy Wonka says chocolate is “quite simply, the greatest invention in the entire history of the world.” That same grand statement would not apply to the new national tour of the musical, but it does reward its audience with a sweetish confection of a production that is fun and entertaining.