Tag Archives: J. Barry Lewis

Dramaworks’ Streetcar Delivers Own Scalding Vision Of Classic

Even for Palm Beach Dramaworks, its A Streetcar Named Desire creates a category of its own with an emotionally scalding portrait of flawed human beings scraping each other raw until the inevitable tragedy erupts. But before that, almost chemically mismatched spirits reach out in desperation, fence for position, attack each other, embrace each other and execute a dozen other choreographies in this edition of Tennessee William’s iconic classic

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Forget The Film When Watching Dramaworks’ Own ‘Streetcar’

When tackling A Streetcar Named Desire, it’s impossible for artists to ignore the 1951 film that made a movie icon of Marlon Brando and provided the last great role for Vivien Leigh. But director J. Barry Lewis, actors Danny Gavigan and Kathy McCafferty don’t fear an audience with vivid memories of the film, they welcome it.

Posted in Features | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Funny & Tragic Pursuit Of Fame In The House Of Blue Leaves

The House of Blue Leaves gets as funny and touching a production from Palm Beach Dramaworks as anyone can ask for. Its virtues include superb direction, a flawless creative team and a wall-to-wall cast of actor-clowns willing to bury themselves inside the off-kilter and flawed characters.

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

An Absurdist Take On Celebrity Worship At PB Dramaworks

Palm Beach Dramaworks is reviving the funny, poignant The House of Blue Leaves about a Queens family whose life is turned inside out when the Pope visits NYC in 1965. Ordinary people spurred by the papal visit will seek validation of their own worth by pursuing celebrity for themselves – or at least vicariously by their idol worship.

Posted in Features | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Thought-Provoking Doll’s House Part 2 Examines Marriage

There was no standing ovation for A Doll’s House Part 2 at Maltz Jupiter Theatre from an audience which had stood for Mamma Mia! It’s not that the incisive production didn’t deserve accolades; likely the merciless dissection of the institution of marriage resonated too close to home for many to avoid thought-provoking self-examination.

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Indecent Exemplifies What Theater Can Be & Why We Go

Palm Beach Dramaworks’ Indecent is precisely the kind of thrilling evening that glories in what theater can be – a unique art form that cannot be matched by anything on film, anything hanging on a wall, anything reproducible on an mp3 or an mp4.

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vogel Encourages Dramaworks To Use Indecent Script As Blueprint Not Straitjacket

Paula Vogel welcomes, even celebrates how imaginative directors and committed casts use her work as a starting blueprint for their own explorations. She is pleased that this week the team at Palm Beach Dramaworks will unveil their particular vision of Indecent, just one of 20 productions that have been or are being mounted around the country last season and this season.

Posted in Features | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Stunning Excoriating Equus Gallops Across Dramaworks

Mere hours before the opening night of Equus at Palm Beach Dramaworks – a drama prompted by the true story of a troubled teen who blinded five horses – another troubled teen murdered 10 people in a nightmarish school shooting. But independent of that, its Equus stands among the most effective, perfectly executed productions that this company has wrought in its mission to deliver “theater to think about.”

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Dramaworks Hopes 45-Year-Old Equus Remains Raw, Relevant

Raw. The same carefully chosen adjective emerges in separate interviews with the two leading actors and their director to describe Equus, the shattering drama they are rehearsing for an opening this weekend at Palm Beach Dramaworks.

Posted in Features | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Performances, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment