Tag Archives: Genie Croft
The comedy-drama Ben Butler was meant to explore race relations when it was first produced in 2014. But this tale about a runaway slave seeking refuge on the cusp of the Civil War has taken on an extra spin at Boca Stage in light of the spread of the Black Lives Matter movement in the past few years.
For older audiences who see the number of expensive pills they take each morning magically multiply over the years, the wicked satire of Big Pharma in the otherwise romantic comedy Rx is welcomed at Boca Stage. But as cutting as Rx can be (one dotty scientist says “If I knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research”) the Rx that playwright Kate Fodor prescribes for the modern malaise is, yes, love.
Reading today’s headlines about corruption, you wonder not so much the why of weakness for the lure of power, but the process of how it happens. Kenneth Lin’s Warrior Class, enjoying an incisive production at the rechristened Boca Stage company, is an inside depiction of human beings, not monsters, slipping inside this web of compromise, pragmatism and fading conscience.
Writing a review of Primal Force’s Villainous Company, which has more plot twists than a Christmas corkscrew, is going to be hard because we wouldn’t dare to give away any spoilers. Suffice it to say that nothing but nothing is what it seems and no one but no one is whom they seem – and there are layers under layers in this 80-minute chamber crime thriller.
Neil Simon’s dark comedy The Gingerbread Lady gets a fine production at Primal Forces featuring a bravura performance from Patti Gardner.
Having Our Say is likely the first play in which both of its characters are centenarian women of color. At Primal Forces’ regional premiere, this means two roles of uncommon heft and history for Karen Stephens and Avery Sommers.
The Pigs Do Fly company, dedicated to work by and for people over 50 years old, examines women’s issues during a day on the golf course in the full-length play The Ladies Foursome.
Laura Turnbull in the solo show The Pink Unicorn from Primal Forces places us in the headspace of a widowed mother in a small—and small-minded—Texas suburb who transforms into an unwitting advocate for gender liberation.
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.
The intersection, overlap and conflict of love and sex – but above all how they affect relationships — form the basis of Theatre at Arts Garage’s uneven but intriguing entry appropriately entitled The Mystery of Love and Sex with an emphasis on the word Mystery.