Tag Archives: Colin McPhillamy

Dickens Nailed It: South Florida Theater Two Years In Review

If Dickens’ opening line in A Tale of Two Cities has become a trite cliché through overuse it has become a painfully accurate truism about theater over the past two years, especially South Florida theater. Crippling loss and inspiring resurrection. Surrender and perseverance. And , now, the Covid threat has reasserted. But looking back on those two years delivers a testament worth celebrating and learning from.

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‘Jacob Marley’ Gifts Welcome New Angle On Ye Olde Carol

For all of us who have seen 17 too many editions of A Christmas Carol, City Theatre gifts us a joy-inducing riff on Charles Dickens’ public domain property, the gospel according to Jacob Marley.

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Coming: Hamlet in the A.M., MNM Gets Closer Than Ever, Lupone Sends A Live Concert

With exploratory baby steps, South Florida theater companies are staging events: A cut-down Hamlet by the Shakespeare Troupe, a filmed full production of Closer Than Ever by MNM, and Patti LuPone in a livestreamed concert for the Broward Center.

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GableStage Opens Season Of Premiered Multi-Media Work

The actual stage at GableStage may be dark, but the company has replaced the rest of its virus-interrupted 2019-2020 season with a glimpse of what may be one of the evolving facets of the future of theater. It has commissioned 12 area artists to produce nine online projects that meld traditional theater with digital storytelling.

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It’s A Hard-Knock Life Between The Laughs In Inishmaan

Palm Beach Dramaworks’ team finds the special vibe of Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy set in an unforgiving climate of the heart in The Cripple of Inishmaan.

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Sublime Acting, Extravagant Design Grapple With Stolid Structure In The Audience

The Audience, the West End sensation turned Tony winner , conjures 10 meetings, between Queen Elizabeth II and her prime ministers. The play’s regional premiere at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, is like watching an interstitially linked short-play collection. And like every shorts compilation, some of the pieces delight while others plod.

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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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End Of The Rainbow Focuses On Judy Garland’s Disintegration

End Of The Rainbow is not a Judy Garland tribute concert – it’s a dramatic play with music about her death spiral entering its final turn. Actors Playhouse’s production is shot through with witty gallows humor and compassion for a wounded soul.

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Maltz’s Dial M For Murder Is Sturdy Piece Of 1950s Theater

If you wonder what theater was like back when it was as popular as film and far more influential than the upstart television, you can see a prime example in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s time machine production of the 1952 potboiler Dial M For Murder.

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