Tag Archives: Jeffrey Bruce

Boys Of A Certain Age Examines Gay Lives In The Trump Era

Flawed as it is, few would place Boys of a Certain Age in the same ranks as The Normal Heart and The Boys In the Band. But Dan Fingerman’s script being presented by Empire Stage is an incisive and insightful examination of gay life in 2019 that may be eligible as a time capsule of this moment.

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Tennessee’s Stories Sing In Nightingale But Script Rambles

Confessions of a Nightingale spends time listening to Tennessee Williams escorts visitors through a rambling tour of his life. Actor Christopher Dreeson and director Jeffrey Bruce have worked very hard shaping this fascinating material, which is inherently rewarding, but two problems dog the production.

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Chicken Coop’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Is Not Equal To Script’s Potential

Christopher Durang initially wrote Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike to precisely match the inimitable talents of David Hyde Pierce, Sigourney Weaver and Kristine Nielsen. So it’s no surprise that the earnest, eager and ambitious Chicken Coop Theatre troupe based at the Levis JCC in Boca Raton only succeeds in brief flashes and rarely delivers the script’s potential

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In New City Players’ Proof, The Numbers Don’t Quite Add Up

The wobbly foundations of fledgling New City Players’ production of David Auburn’s reliable Proof are unlikely to impress seasoned theatergoers, especially those who have seen the play before. From questionable acting choices to frantically paced direction, this Proof only conveys the broad strokes in Auburn’s filial drama.

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Chicken Coop’s Taking Sides Looks At Responsibility Of Artists In Nazi Germany

Ronald Harwood’s script and Chicken Coop Theatre’s production of Taking Sides supposedly even-handed look at art and politics isn’t very subtle for most of the play, but it does have two solid performances and one crippling one.

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POZ, Getting Its World Premiere At Island City Stage, Has Its Share of Positives and Negatives

Loaded with lots of laugh lines and inside theater jokes, POZ at Island City Stage has some supremely likeable characters. Yet there’s just something a little bit too snappy about this world premiere. It tries just a bit too hard, especially when convincing the audience that this lively cast of characters are real people with real problems.

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Evening Star’s The Subject Was Roses Needs A Few More Thorns

Evening Star Production’s The Subject Was Roses underscores the insightful script, but the valiant effort leaves far too much crucial passion AWOL.

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Wick Theatre Proves Itself With Solid Soaring Sound Of Music

To answer the question that most folks are wondering after The Wick Theatre’s bow Friday night: Yes, there is a credible, substantial new player in town. The inaugural production of The Sound of Music has the feel of a fully-realized no-excuses production because it is, indeed, a polished, three-dimensional work of theater.

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Photos From The Wick Theatre’s The Sound Of Music

Photos by Amy Pasquantonio from The Wick Theatre’s inaugural production of The Sound Of Music.

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There Ain’t No Cure For The Summertime News

So much for the myth of the summer doldrums…. Besides recent and imminent openings at Mad Cat, Palm Beach Dramaworks, GableStage, Actors Playhouse, the XXVII International Hispanic Theatre Festival, three shows at the Stage Door venues, not to mention the Arsht’s Donkey Show, here’s some news and notes you might not have heard about regarding Naked Stage, Island City Stage, Lake Worth Playhouse, David Kwiat and PPTOPA.

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