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By Jan Sjostrom You might be hard-pressed to identify the hero in Lobby Hero, the 2023-2024 season opener at Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach. None of the show’s four characters qualifies for Superman’s cape. What Kenneth Lonergen’s chatty …
Palm Beach Dramaworks’ immersifying edition of Topdog/Underdog laudably justifies in its delivery, this masterwork has a depth and complexity that gifts each outing with the opportunity to create its own individualistic vibe within the playwrights’ framework of “deft, dangerous and electric.”
In movies, “ordinary people” facing a dystopian challenge miraculously find courage and composure. We would be more like the extended family slowly coming unglued in Theatre Lab’s premiere of Last Night in Inwood as civilization disintegrates.
Like death and taxes, one of the few truly dependable things in life is that the venerable Summer Shorts from City Theatre is going to be a satisfying mix of light comedy with a few mildly serious moments. And its silver anniversary production remains a thoroughly entertaining source of 10-minute plays executed by a seasoned cadre of pros.
Lynn Nottage’s incisive Intimate Apparel explores a dozen themes simultaneously and all viewed through the prism of race at the turn of the century. But this Palm Beach Dramaworks edition finds a commonality among all of the above: the hope and fear and frustration connected to dreams deferred and dreams realized.
There’s something irresistibly intriguing when a whimsical fairy tale is invoked to teach life lessons to adults. Theatre Lab’s The Glass Piano may have a befuddled king, a savvy servant and a lovely princess. But Alix Sober’s delightfully fanciful and imaginative work is absolutely not a children’s play.
Amid a constellation of superb theater from GableStage comes a supernova of passion, pain and socio-political protest in a scorching drama Skeleton Crew. Its portrayal of African-American workers in a Detroit auto plant teetering on closing incisively examines racial issues that intensify impending tragedy, but also a world evaporating under our feet whuch crosses all demographic boundaries.
This 24th annual Summer Shorts festival of short plays scores as the most consistent, polished and satisfying work beginning to end that City Theatre has produced in recent seasons.
In Palm Beach Dramaworks’ triumphant production of August Wilson’s Fences, this Troy Maxson rages. Whether this physical kinetic Troy is delivering a defiant challenge to death, railing at the racial prejudice that has undercut his dreams, or privately excoriating his own guilt for making destructive choices — this Troy unleashes a lifetime of festering wrath in a basement barrel baritone.
Attention to detail in each element of New City Players’ Raisin in the Sun makes it truly spectacular on every level, and that especially goes for the directing and the acting.