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Regional Theaters Are The Country’s Primary Incubator of New Plays – Including SoFla

Indisputably, regional theaters have been a significant wellspring for new plays reaching back 30 years. But a quickening sea change has occurred quietly but demonstrably over the past decade: Regional theaters – once reliant on warhorses and the latest New York hit — have become the primary incubator and showcase for new work in America

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GableStage’s Informed Consent: Is The Search For Truth Paramount? And Whose Truth?

Is knowledge always good? Is its pursuit inherently defensible regardless of the consequences? Is there Absolute Truth?These and another half-dozen ideas careen and crisscross GableStage like electrons colliding in a chain reaction in Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Informed Consent.

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What Kind Of Year Was It? Our Critics’ “Best Of” 2016 Lists

Critics and award judges have been talking about it for weeks: The sheer amount of high quality work has made evaluating the last 12 months unusually challenging, but also an opportunity to remember one of the most rewarding calendar years in recent memory. So here’s a supremely subjective stab by all three critics here at Florida Theater On Stage at recognizing the shows and performances that stood out from a pack of productions.

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Chekhov’s Sisters Waiting To Exhale In Beckett’s New Jersey

Deborah Zoe Laufer’s world premiere The Three Sisters of Weekhawken is, indeed, funny in its daffy way, but this imaginative mashup of Chekhov’s meditation on yearning refracted through Beckett’s existentialism and a shred of Neil Simon has a serious and eventually moving moral about the perils of paralyzing procrastination.

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Gen Y’ers Struggle With Dehumanizing Technology In New Theatre’s Leveling Up

Leveling Up getting an intriguing production by New Theatre is about far more than a 20-something gaming magus in Las Vegas hired to remotely operate drones that eliminate real targets in the Middle East.

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Parade’s The Last Schwartz Doesn’t Quite Meld, But Features Vivid Performances

Deborah Zoe Laufer’s The Last Schwartz poses a difficult mélange of tones, and Parade Productions’ production doesn’t smoothly meld Laufer’s various parts. That said, the stand-alone strands of farcical comedy, subtler black humor and heart-rending pathos are delivered independently with quite satisfying results through skilled performances molded and guided by director Kim St. Leon.

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