Tag Archives: Cliff Burgess

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.

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Maltz’s An Inspector Calls Demands Mutual Responsibility

Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s An Inspector Calls focuses with laser intent on what the evolving socialist J.B. Priestley saw as its thematic marrow — all individuals have an inescapable responsibility for the well-being of every other human being, and that privileged classes seem obscenely inured to that duty.

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When The Applause Fades: Dramaworks Gives Teachout Premiere of Billy And Me

Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of the world premiere of Billy and Me, a fictionalization of the real life relationship between playwrights Tennessee Williams and William Inge, is a triumph of the imagination, technique, skill and showmanship of playwright Terry Teachout, director William Hayes and actors Nicholas Richberg and Tom Wahl.

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Don’t Let Esoteric Details Dissuade You; Let Dramaworks’ Arcadia Swirl Around You

Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of Arcadia is Tom Stoppard’s love letter to the miracle of human intelligence’s pursuit of learning — with a gentle jab at the hubris of those who are so taken with that pursuit.

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Why Not? With Nixon: A Navel-Gazing Comedy Best Suited For Mad Cat’s Cult Faithful

Why Not? With Richard Nixon is perhaps Mad Cat Theatre Company’s most Mad Catty show ever, a production for company insiders that is esoteric enough to reference another Mad Cat show in its text. If you feel invited to this self-contained world, you’ll have a blast; if not, you may feel you’re observing a bubble you can’t enter, looking at your watch and waiting for it to pop.

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Affecting ‘The Tin Woman’ Plumbs Depths of The Heart

A double sense of “life after death” pervades the touching and beautifully rendered The Tin Woman drama suffused with wit now playing at Actors Playhouse as spring slides into summer.

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Theatre Lab At FAU Hosts Week Of New Play Readings By Horovitz, Laufer & Cliff Burgess

Some of the most prominent names in playwriting today – plus a local actor and writer – headline an intensive series of readings May 11—14 at Theatre Lab, the professional resident company of Florida Atlantic University headed by Louis Tyrrell.

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Wick’s Curtains Is Musical For The Theater Nerd In All Of Us

Curtains is a show designed for anyone who loves musical comedy, or anyone who has ever played Toto in a community theater production of The Wizard of Oz. Envisioned as a no-calories hoot of a love letter to the quirky dysfunctional denizens of the theater, it is accurately promoted with tongue firmly in cheek as “A New Backstage Murder Mystery Musical Comedy.”

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Dramaworks’ History Boys Celebrates Intelligence And Education For Its Own Sake

Nearly everyone in the Palm Beach Dramaworks’ superb production of The History Boys is in love with unleashing flash floods of verbiage in an orgy of ideas illustrated by their addiction to quoting a pantheon encompassing W.H. Auden and Frederick Nietzsche in rapid fire banter

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Dramaworks Director Digs Deep Into Layers of The History Boys

Probably the last place you’d want to be after rehearsing with the same cast and crew for weeks, then knowing you’re heading into a month-long run would be gathering at a table for Thanksgiving dinner. But that’s where some members of the cast of Palm Beach Dramaworks’ The History Boys found themselves on the recent holiday.

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