Tag Archives: Clay Cartland

MNM Recalls The Music In My Way, A Tribute To Frank Sinatra

Instead of attempting the impossible task for imitating Ol’ Blue Eyes, MNM Theatre Company’s My Way, A Tribute to Frank Sinatra, is a solid, polished, thoroughly entertaining stroll through 58, yes 58, of the songs closely associated with his career

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘I Love, You’re Perfect’ Has Changed At MNM Theatre

If you’re over 40 and you heard that some theater was reviving that chamber musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change… come on, you said, “Again?” So here’s the really good news: The venerable work about male-female relationships has been updated and overhauled in MNM Theatre’s vibrant production.

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Slow Burn’s Rock Of Ages Isn’t Your Grandma’s Musical

If there’s any way to get folks to the theater who don’t usually go, Slow Burn’s Rock of Ages can do it. Director/choreographer Patrick Fitzwater knows exactly how to squeeze every inch of character out of this cheesy, goo fest of a jukebox musical to entertain aforementioned non-theater types, who can’t wait to re-live the glory days of the 1980s, of which the soundtrack of the show relies.

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thinking Cap’s Emperor of the Moon Is Delightful Lune-acy

With a cast of unfettered and inspired clowns, Thinking Cap Theatre has produced a hilarious edition of a 1687 comedy by Aphra Benn, The Emperor of the Moon, lathering almost every second of this commedia dell’arte farce with a humor encyclopedia’s worth of sight gags, comic timing, verbal delivery, bathroom humor and endless physical schtick — all delivered at a lickety-split pace by a comically nimble troupe.

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Not Just Another Day At The Office: GableStage’s Caustic, Whipsmart Dramedy “Gloria”

At some workplaces, employees indulge in healthy rivalry, support each other professionally and personally and, sometimes, forge deep friendships that last long after the job has ended. That is not the kind of environment the editorial assistants toil in the caustically dark dramatic comedy Gloria, getting a whip-smart production at GableStage.

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Disaster!” Is Anything But

If you are a Boomer (and be warned, maybe only if you’re a Boomer or their progeny), Slow Burn Theatre Company’s hilarious spoof Disaster! will be in contention for one of the silliest, stupidest and downright funniest nights you have had in theater in recent years.

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Last Look Back At 2017, A Fine South Florida Theater Season

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?”

Posted in Features | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Straight White Men Succeeds At Thinking Cap Despite Thoughtless Jerks In Audience

Thinking Cap Theatre’s opening performance of Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men might have been among the best nights of theater in South Florida so far this season. I say “might have been” because I can’t be sure. The evening was crippled by drunken thoughtless, self-centered, rude patrons who learned their audience etiquette from watching Jerry Springer reruns in their underwear at home.

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Peter Still Refuses To Grow Up, Thankfully, In Starcatcher

Slow Burn Theatre Company’s rollicking race-down-the-hill production of Peter and the Starcatcher is a joyful hoot packed with more sight gags, puns, pratfalls, wordplay and even a bit of wistfulness than arguably any other recent work including the current The Play That Goes Wrong.

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MNM ‘s Less Zesty But More Heartfelt La Cage aux Folles

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.

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment