Tag Archives: Margery Lowe

A Vibrant Emily Dickinson Soars in Video of Live Performance

A superb evocation of the soul of Emily Dickinson from actress Margery Lowe and director William Hayes marks the video co-production from Palm Beach Dramaworks and Actors’ Playhouse of The Belle of Amherst, filmed from live performances.

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

Today’s Isolation Echoes In Local Co-Pro Of The Belle Of Amherst

In this time of quarantine, subtle resonances echo the underlying thread of Emily Dickinson’s isolation in Palm Beach Dramaworks and Actors Playhouse’s co-produced filming of the live play, The Belle of Amherst. The one-woman play slated for an early April cyber-release focuses on a multi-faceted depiction of the legendary poet

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

Theater Artists Struggle With Unique Fears, Fallout And Uncertainty From Virus Drama

Six months into the pandemic, theater artists are struggling with a profoundly damaging dimension particular to their purgatory-like limbo: The calling that gives their lives meaning requires interaction with other people in the same room. Late this summer, 33 South Florida storytellers agreed to draw back the curtain on their backstage battles that form the spine of an all too real three-act drama.

Posted in Features | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Maltz’s Brighton Beach Memoirs Makes Strong Memories

Home is the place where they have to take you in, to paraphrase Robert Frost. It’s also the place where every family dynamic plays out — love, resentment, growing pains, conflict, chaos, worry and secrets — as shown in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s superb production of Brighton Beach Memoirs, smoothly directed with a first-class cast, the Maltz production hits all the high notes

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

Upcoming Brighton Beach Memoirs Is Different Neil Simon

With the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s upcoming Brighton Beach Memoirs, director J. Barry Lewis says people need to “come forward with a new perspective on what a Neil Simon play is, not just what you think.”

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

Premiere Of Ordinary Americans Details Still Resonating Issues Of Blacklist & McCarthyism

The world premiere of Joseph McDonough’s Ordinary Americans needs more work but it has enough promise and fine performances at Palm Beach Dramaworks that it’s worth the effort. The story of indomitable broadcast icon Gertrude Berg fighting the plague of the blacklist in the 1950s carries a clear warning to audiences today.

Posted in Performances, Reviews | 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

Wit And Wisdom, Life And Death Spar in Dramaworks’ Premiere of Edgar (Poe) & Emily (Dickinson)

Edgar & Emily, the premiere at Palm Beach Dramaworks, is a fascinating and funny fantasia about Edgar Allan Poe visiting Emily Dickinson late one night dragging his coffin behind him. Joseph McDonough’s wry play examines sensitive introspective artists’ challenge to be fully alive in the ever-present shadow of death – an evening laced with copious quips and witty banter.

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

So, The Dead Edgar Allen Poe Drops Into Emily Dickinson’s Bedroom With His Coffin….

Emily Dickinson is huddling in her bed when Edgar Allen Poe barges into her bedroom pulling his coffin behind him. This is even stranger than it sounds since Poe is believed to have died about 15 years earlier. Such is opening of the world premiere, Edgar and Emily, opening this weekend at Palm Beach Dramaworks.

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

GableStage’s If I Forget: Powerful Tale of Family Strife Over Cultural History

Raging family dysfunction played against an equally volatile backdrop of social upheaval makes for two seemingly separate but brilliantly acted and directed plays united in GableStage’s production of If I Forget — the emotional equivalent of a skiff tossed about in a raging tempest in the middle of a wintry ocean.

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