Director Giancarlo Rodaz made a virtue out of a tiny budget by substituting imagination for cash plus a joyful embrace of theatrical artifice in his production of Shrek the Musical at Area Stage Company.
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Tagged Area Stage Company, Corey Vega, Georgio Volpe, Giancarlo Rodaz, Isis Palma, Jeana Montgomery, Katie Duerr, Malik Kamau-Archibald, Michelle Gordon, Nathalie Moreno, Orlando Hall, Ryan Bauta, Shrek
Playwright Eric Lane gives little to no direction for the setting in his play Ride. Had you not known this and watched the imaginatively drawn setting by Giancarlo Rodaz, who not only directed the piece, but created the sets and lights, for Area Stage Company’s Ride, you’d be mesmerized
One pleasure of a theater critic’s job are these year-end retrospectives that require looking back at reviews and be reminded, “Oh, yeah, that was really great. And right, there was that. And how could I forget that one?”
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Tagged Actors Playhouse, Al Blackstone, Anne Mundell, Anne-Marie Cusson, Area Stage Company, Broward Stage Door, Bruce Linser, Cindy Pearce, City Theatre, Clay Cartland, Conor Walton, David Arisco, David Kwiat, Elena Maria Garcia, Elijah Word, GableStage, Greg Duffy, Gregg Weiner, Ground Up and Rising, Hannah Benitez, Island City Stage, J. Barry Lewis, Jean Josieu, Jessica E. Schulte, Jodi Dellaventura, Joseph Adler, Julie Kleiner, Karen Stephens, Kevin Black, Kevin Reilley, Kimberley Dawn Smith, Leah Sessa, Lindsay Bell, Lindsay Corey, M Ensemble, Main Street Players, Mallory Newbrough, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Margaret M. Ledford, Michael Amico, Michael McClain, Michael Ursua, MNM Productions, New City Players, Nicholas Richberg, Niki Fridh, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Patrick Fitzwater, Shane Tanner, Slow Burn Theatre Company, Stuart Meltzer, Theatre Lab, Thinking Cap Theatre, Vicki Lewis, Wick Theatre, Zachary Borovay, Zoetic Stage
An Octoroon is the kind of art that defies a Siskel & Ebert thumbs up / thumbs down assessment. You can praise or fault elements of the script or a production, but Area Stage Company’s courageous effort reinforces An Octoroon’s overarching intent as a thought provocateur.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon virtually defines the adjective “provocative.” No matter the quality of the production that the courageous Area Stage Company actually delivers next week, it is inarguably going to be unlike much, if anything, that audiences have seen on a South Florida stage.
If you know where to look, certainly you can find reliable warhorse titles in the upcoming theater season in South Florida, but it’s easier to find vibrant, contemporary and challenging offerings.
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Tagged Actors Playhouse, An Inspector Calls, Area Stage Company, Arsht Center, Arts Garage, Billy and Me, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Broadway Across America, Broward Center, Building The Wall, City Theatre, Crest Theatre, Delray Beach Playhouse, Evita, Florida Children's Theatre, Florida Grand Opera. Palm Beach Opera, Fun Home, GableStage, Island City Stage, J’s Cultural Arts Theatre, Lake Worth Playhouse, M Ensemble, Mad Cat Theatre, Main Street Players, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Miami New Drama, Million Dollar Quartet, MNM Productions, New City Players, On Your Feet!, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Parker Playhouse, Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts, Primal Forces, Robert Schenkkan, Slow Burn Theatre Company, Terry Teachout, The Humans, Theatre Lab, Thinking Cap Theatre, Wick Theatre, Zoetic Stage
Circle Mirror Transformation is finally receiving its professional regional premiere by the intrepid Area Stage Co., and the disarmingly funny production is a ravishing success for Baker purists and newbies alike. It’s a more accessible introduction to her work than the other two plays while still proceeding with uncompromising naturalism.
Area Stage Company delivers an unsettling, thought-provoking evening with its musings on the implication of an unbridled Internet of the future in The Nether.