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Impressions Is A Pleasant Stroll Through Gallery Of Imagination

Not every theatrical event has to be an outsized venting of passion filled with intellectual pyrotechnics. Sometimes a work can be satisfying to the brain and the heart as a gentle celebration of imagination and human behavior as with Pigs Do Fly’s world premiere of Michael Leeds’ Impressions.

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Michael Leeds Makes ‘Impressions’ With Pigs Do Fly

Pigs Do Fly Productions — which has done mostly short plays by, for and about people 0ver 50 — has jumped even deeper into the play-ing field by presenting the world premiere of Michael Leeds’ Impressions, which opens this weekend.

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Musicals Make A Mark In This Year’s Round Of Summer Shorts

City Theatre’s Summer Shorts, which only recently began showcasing musicals, includes three this year including one by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Motherland Is 2017 Riff On Brecht’s Heroine At Theatre Lab

The best art is a partnership between the creative mind and the viewer. That often requires the audience to expend some effort to get inside the artist’s mind or ethos or style. Witness the first full-fledged production of Allison Gregory’s Motherland at Theatre Lab, a tragedy shot full of the droll street humor.

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What Kind Of Year Was It? Our Critics’ “Best Of” 2016 Lists

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.

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Zoetic Stage Debuts Premiere of McKeever’s Emotion-Filled After

There’s something thrilling about seeing a world premiere play unfold. And when the playwright is one of South Florida’s great hopes to get an original play to the Great White Way, there’s even more of excitement to see his latest work.
That was the energy that prevailed over the production of Michael McKeever’s After at Zoetic Stage.

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Music Is The New Element In City Theatre’s Summer Shorts

Hardly unusual in musical theater, Meredith Bartmon strolls around the Carnival Studio stage singing passionately about her dreams and, later, her refusal to compromise those dreams. But this isn’t a two-and-half-hour epic on a national tour; this is one of nine 10-minute playlets in City Theatre’s 21st edition of Summer Shorts.

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Thinking Cap’s Wilde Ride Takes ‘Earnest’ To A 1978 Disco Ball

Thinking Cap Theatre sets The Importance of Being Earnest in a madcap lampoon of New York City’s disco era. The urbane and farcical elements are irreconcilably at war, but each facet – one of the funniest literate scripts ever written and a zany hoot of a production – is so strong on its own merits that the result is a mostly satisfying gigglefest worth the investment.

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Hot Button Issues Dissected In GableStage’s Fine Disgraced

Awash in issues of Arab-American assimilation and Anglo antipathy, GableStage’s Disgraced is the classic contemporary example of the topical, thought-provoking drama that forces you to revalidate, even reexamine your perception of the tumult around us.

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20th Summer Shorts Even More Consistently Funny & Poignant

Intriguing premises are the jumping off points for the nine flights of theatrical whimsy in City Theatre’s annual festival of short plays, Summer Shorts. While no discernable thread runs through the disparate works, the deftly comic playlets are shot through with a striation of poignancy, and the moving entries are leavened with flashes of humor.

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