I am begging every critic colleague, everyone who has seen Actors’ Playhouse’s Now and Then to NOT give away anything! One of the many pleasures in this drama laced with humor is watching the story unfold bit by bit, knowing something is going on underneath but enjoying how layers are peeled away by a quartet of superb actors and director.
A fight-to-the-finish Miami-Dade mayoral campaign meets gentle romance, a bit of Shakespearean inspiration and lots of affectionate satire in The Cuban Vote by Carmen Peláez, commissioned by Miami New Drama,
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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Okay, yes, Hand to God has cute obscenity-spouting puppets having sex on stage, but the similarities to Avenue Q stops dead right there. This scorchingly funny and aggressively irreverent play at GableStage is a pitch black comedy about using the fiction of religion to rationalize and excuse the baser natural instincts of Mankind.
Broward Stage Door’s Broadway Bound may not land perfectly all the time, but these theater pros deliver a no-excuses-needed effort that works often and effectively and ultimately satisfies.
Nearly everyone in the Palm Beach Dramaworks’ superb production of The History Boys is in love with unleashing flash floods of verbiage in an orgy of ideas illustrated by their addiction to quoting a pantheon encompassing W.H. Auden and Frederick Nietzsche in rapid fire banter
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Tagged Angie Radosh, Cliff Burgess, Colin Asercion, Colin McPhillamy, J. Barry Lewis, Jelani Alladin, John Evans Reese, Kristian Bikic, Kyle Branzel, Matthew Minor, Mike Magliocca, Nathan Stark, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Rob Donohoe, The History Boys
Twenty-seven theater artists and organizations will receive the eighth annual South Florida Silver Palm Theatre Awards honoring an outstanding or unique contribution,” the group announced Monday.
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For those among us who enjoy going deeper than what’s presented on the surface, Annie Baker’s The Aliens from Alliance Theatre will be a treat. For others, the silences and pacing will be an exercise in head scratching and perplexed moments in the space of two hours of WTF?
Michael McKeever’s stunning world premiere play Daniel’s Husband at Island City Stage is an indelible and inarguable exhibit that love between human begins is unquantifiably precious and inarguably valid — regardless of sexuality.
Sartre’s existentialism tips the iceberg of what Steve Yockey’s play Octopus takes on in its oddly dark comic and tumultuous story. . While it may leave some scratching their heads, there’s no doubt that what’s emerged is gripping good theater at Island City Stage.