Tag Archives: Andy Quiroga

Multi-Cultural Our Town Underscores Its Universality

Amazingly, in 2017 with its video games, alt right-antifa strife and uber-sophistication, Our Town is still our town. And no more so than in Miami New Drama’s inventive and often touching production that underscores the values of community in a time when our country seems as divided as it has ever been.

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Theo Reyna’s Lazy Fair Provides Offbeat Riff On Money & Greed

In Mad Cat Theatre Company’s world premiere of Lazy Fair, Theo Reyna’s drily funny treatise on greed, Money – or actually The Spirit of Money – droll deadpan humor suffuses this spoofy hoot.

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Alliance Bathes Frankie and Johnny In Quirky Moonlight

The Alliance Theatre paints a lovely, off-beat love affair between two wounded souls in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

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Broward Stage Door’s Dramedy Butterflies Are Free Is Diverting Enough But Doesn’t Soar

The script for 1969’s Butterflies Are Free, holds up much better than you’d expect at its revival at Broward Stage Door. But while Stage Door’s edition under director Michael Leeds is a pleasant enough afternoon’s diversion of humor and emotion, it’s never terribly compelling and the whole thing could use more pizzazz to make it feel satisfying.

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Juan C. Sanchez’s Disturbing Collection Of Playlets Is Anything But Paradise

Juan C. Sanchez’s Paradise Motel begins in the clouds and ends in the sewer. Charting five decades in the devolution of a fictional motel on Calle Ocho—and the parade of lovers, hustlers, sharks and addicts that have occupied its rooms—this collection of seven playlets presents an uncompromising vision of urban decay that will ring wincingly true for its Miami audience

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Energetic Topspin Helps Moon Over Buffalo Farce Rise Over Stage Door

It’s not the slamming doors, Marx Brothers chases or repartee that make Broward Stage Door’s farce Moon Over Buffalo an enjoyable afternoon laughing at the foibles of vainglorious creatures who, of course, bear no relation to our own imperfections. It’s the cast’s unflagging energy the topspin on a put-down, comic timing and scores of bits of business..

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Shorts Gone Wild Isn’t Particularly Wild, But It Is Consistently Funny

Shorts Gone Wild is pretty tame stuff for South Florida, but this outing of light comedies with a live-and-let-live LGBT message is more consistently entertaining than some of City Theatre’s earlier forays into an alternative adults-only version of its venerable Summer Shorts program.

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StageBill: If The Carbonells Only Had A Couple More Slots

The Carbonell Awards ceremony falls on April Fools’ Day (restrain your quips), But that also means it’s time for the annual grousing column about nominations.That said, I wish the judges had the ability to expand the list of nominees by one or two slots at will. So here is my personal “Youze wuz robbed” list.

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The Naked Stage’s A Man Puts On A Play Is Antonio Amadeo’s Audacious And Ambitious Entry

The first hour of meta-theater in A Man Writes A Play in which students build a set, will fascinate civilians and amuse veterans and serves as the delightful curtain raiser to the more traditional scripted second act, an engaging and intriguing world premiere written, produced, designed, directed and co-starring Antonio Amadeo in a feat reminiscent of Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater productions on stage and in film.

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Sirois/Alliance Off Center of Nowhere Is Funny Sit Com Hiding Serious Theme

On the surface, David Michael Sirois’ Off Center of Nowhere is what would result if the Neil Simon of the 1970s wrote a rollicking comedy about teen pregnancy, abortion and racism, laced with a lot of profanity. The Alliance Theatre Lab’s world premiere is sit-com funny until it intentionally slams the audience into a concrete wall that will leave most observers stunned. That’s when you realize Off Center is really about the limits of how far people can bend their moral for loved ones before breaking. How unconditional is unconditional love?

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