You may find this hard to believe, but An Evening With John Wayne Gacy Jr., — easily the most off-putting title for a theater piece in many years – is a surprisingly effective, harrowing and highly stylistic depiction of homicidal madness in Ronnie Larsen’s play at Infinite Abyss.
While Infinite Abyss deserves praise for attempting the abysmal script for Love and Human Remains, they simply cannot force this intentionally bizarre journey rife with explicit sex, nudity, blood and emotional violence to seem like anything but a ham-handed amateurish mess.
A different season advance: Quietly, oh so quietly, the 2016-2017 theater season in South Florida is shaping up to be as notable for tidal growth, contraction, ebb and flow as it is for the actual productions scheduled.
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Tagged Actors Playhouse, Andie Arthur, Antonio Amadeo, Arquitectonica International Corp., Arts Garage, Aventura Arts & Culture Center, Broward Center, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Colony Theatre, Coral Springs Center for the Arts, Dave Arisco, David Gordon, Empire Stage, Fantasy Theatre Factory, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, GableStage, Gabriel Hammad, Giancarlo Rodaz, Infinite Abyss, Island City Stage, Israel Horovitz. Deborah Zoe Laufer, Katherine Amadeo, Katherine Siegel, Keith Garsson, Lost Girls Theatre, Louis Tyrrell, Main Street Players, Mark Della Ventura, Meera Hammad, Miami New Drama, Michel Hausmann, Moises Kaufman, Naked Stage, New City Players, New Theatre, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Pigs Do Fly Productions, Punchline Theatre Company, Showtime Performing Arts Theatre, Stringlight Theatre Co., Theatre Lab, Thinking Cap Theatre, Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts
Evening Star Productions and Infinite Abyss Productions deliver the 249th South Florida edition of the inarguably hilarious aggressively irreverent hoot. The cast successfully seduces a willing audience that could care less that some people can’t sing, some people can’t act and that the whole thing is somewhat sloppy in execution.
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Tagged Chris Bare, Christian Cooper, Cindy Thargard, Daryl Fortson, Dominick J. Daniel, Evening Star Productions, Eytan Deray, Greg Ward, Infinite Abyss, Ireland Glennon, Murphy Hayes, Robin Eli Brenner, Rocky Horror Show, Rosalie Grant, Seth Trucks
Infinite Abyss’ courageous production of Extremities opens with one of the most harrowing 15 minutes in theater and ends with a troubling finale. But the challenge is the play in between, an examination of the extent human beings will go for justifiable revenge and the toll that the pursuit wreaks on our humanity.
2015 produced a wild variety of snapshots to paste in the theatrical scrapbooks: a male Dolly Levi, a homicidal dimwit slicing carrots, a kidnapper forcing her captives to learn nonsense, a tsunami engulfing a Japanese village, a green-gunked survivor of toxic sludge singing love songs to his blind librarian girlfriend. You know, just another year for regional theater in South Florida.
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Tagged Actors Playhouse, Aida, Alexander Dinelaris, Alexandria Lugo, Ali MacGraw, Alliance Theatre Lab, Always... Patsy Cline, Ana Villafane, Andrea Burns, Andy Rogow, Andy Senor Jr., Ann Marie Olson, Anne Chamberlain, Antonio Amadeo, Arsht Center, Arts Garage, Avi Hoffman, Barbara Sloan, Beverly Blanchette, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Bruno Vida, Buried Child, Casey Dressler, Christian Vandepas, Christina Groom, Christine Dolen, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Collin Carmouze, Darrick Penny, Ellie Patterson, Emilie Papp, Emmanuel Schvartzman, Fully Committed, Genie Croft, Giordan Diaz, Gypsy, Henry Gainza, Infinite Abyss, Island City Stage, J. Barry Lewis, Jen Chia, Jessica Brooke Sanford, Joanna Penny, John Manzelli, Joseph Adler, Kaitlyn O'Neill, Katherine Amadeo, Keith Garsson, Kunya Rowley, Laura Hodos, Lauren Bell, Lee Roy Reams, Levis Jewish Community Center, Lewis J. Stadlen, Lindsey Corey, Lindsey Johr, Lou Tyrrell, Love Letters, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Marckenson Charles, Marilynn Wick, Mark Della Ventura, Marquee Theatre Company, Matthew Korinko, Melissa Minyard, Mia Matthews, Michael McKeever, Michiko Kitayama Skinner, Natalie Caruncho, New Theatre, Nick Duckart, Nick Santa Maria, Niki Fridh, Nilo Cruz, On Your Feet!, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Palm Beaches Theatre, Patrick Fitzwater, Paul Louis, Paul Tei, Rick Pena, Rob Donohoe, Robert Johnston, Royal Poinciana Playhouse, Ryan Didato, Ryan O'Neal, Scott Shiller, Shane Tanner, Slow Burn Theatre Company, Small Membership, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Stephen G. Anthony, Tally Sessions, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Little Dog Laughed, The Wick Theatre, Thinking Cap Theatre, Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts, Zoetic Stage
South Florida theaters still mount familiar warhorses, but the 2015-2016 season is proof that companies realize the future of theater is to attract pre-retirement audiences with shows steaming fresh out of Manhattan, edgy intellectually challenging works, imaginative takes on familiar titles, regional premieres of shows you only read about in The New York Times over the past few years and some shows you have never heard of, period.
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Tagged Actors Playhouse, Alliance Theatre, Avi Hoffman, Broadway Across Fort Lauderdale, Broadway Across Miami, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Broward Stage Door Theatre, Christopher Demos-Brown, David Sirois, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, GableStage, Infinite Abyss, Island City Stage, Keith Garsson, Kravis on Broadway, Lake Worth Playhouse, Lee Roy Reams, Louis Tyrrell, Mad Cat Theatre Company, Main Street, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Mario Diament, Mark Della Ventura, Marquee Theater Company, Mchael Leeds, Miami Theater Center, Michael Aman, New Theatre, Nova Southeastern University, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Punchline Theatre, Ricky J. Martinez, Sandra Rile Susan Westfall, Sandra Riley, Slow Burn Theatre Company, The Wick Theatre, Theatre At Arts Garage, Theatre Lab, Thinking Cap Theatre, Zoetic Stage
Evening Star and Infinite Abyss co-produce Tracy Letts’ surreal depiction of spiraling paranoia complete with copious amount of blood in an edition that slogs too slowly too long but ratchets up into an emotional and psychological fireball of horror.
News about a fundraiser for Slow Burn Theatre Company, the semi-annual 1-Acts at New Theatre and the resurrection of Infinite Abyss
The first 15 minutes of Infinite Abyss’ Snow White Trash is a delightfully zany spoof that imaginatively reinterprets the fairy tale as a crass, royal blue hoot in which Disney’s sweet but dimwitted heroine takes refuge with the mullet-headed Dwarf Family living in a trailer park. Unfortunately, after that, there’s another 50 minutes left.