Tag Archives: Neil Simon

Growing Old Ain’t All Sunshine For The Boys At Stage Door

Seniors and caretaking Boomers recognize the real pain informing the facile catchphrase “Growing old is not for sissies” – a quality sharing the stage with copious laughs in Broward Stage Door’s production of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys.

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Andrea McArdle At The Wick: Still The Working Actress Four Decades After Playing Annie

When 13-year-old Andrea McArdle exploded across the country, the moniker Broadway Baby recognized the talent powering her performance as Annie singing the iconic “Tomorrow.” Now, about to headline They’re Playing Our Song at the Wick Theatre, her voice and demeanor reflect four decades working steadily to consistent acclaim but never getting caught up in a cyclone of similar proportions.

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The Pursuit Of Dreams At Stage Door’s Broadway Bound

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.

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Stage Door Keeps Its Promises In Revival Of 1960’s Hit Musical

Broward Stage Door’s earnest intriguing revival of Promises, Promises embraces its up-to-the-moment pop score for 1968, a witty and insightful script, frenetic choreography that caught the zeitgeist of the time, and some deceptively subtle performances to become a wildly-popular hit just as the social fabric of the country was in transition.

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Mad Cat’s Deconstructed Spin On Simon’s Star Spangled Girl Is Off-Beat Mash-Up, Natch

Mad Cat Theatre’s daffy deconstruction of a 1966 Neil Simon The Star Spangled Girl elicited plenty of laughs, but the schizophrenic clashing of styles didn’t land as strongly as anyone hoped

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Margot Moreland & Oscar Cheda Are Playing Your Song In Boca

Margot Moreland and Oscar Cheda’s presence in Boca Raton Theatre Guild’s production of They’re Playing Our Song is, indeed, more than enough reason to see this tuneful but far from iconic 1978 musical by Neil Simon, Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer-Sager.

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Beachy Keen: Fine Performances Highlight Brighton Beach Memoirs At Plaza Theatre

It’s hard to do Neil Simon well. The Plaza Theatre in Manalapan does not fall into that trap. They do Neil Simon very, very well. Earlier this year the Plaza produced a fine Chapter Two, and now they’ve raised the Simon bar with their current show, Brighton Beach Memoirs.

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Broward Stage Door’s Brighton Beach Memoirs Stumbles A Bit, But Is Genuinely Touching

Acknowledge that Broward Stage Door’s revival of Neil Simon’s thirty-year-old warhorse Brighton Beach Memories is uneven and stumbles. Then acknowledge, at least this critic will, that Stage Door’s edition frequently reaches into that moldy storehouse of decades-old memories of family relationships — and makes the throat close up, the eyes mist and starts a sudden epidemic of sniffling around the auditorium.

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Neil Simon’s Chapter Two Masters The Meld Of Wit And Pathos At The Plaza

Director Michael Leeds and a solid cast at the Plaza Theatre in Manalapan have mastered Neil Simon’s challenging meld of witty comedy and throat-choking heartache, and make both perfectly plausible facets of life in Chapter Two.

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Hey, Pssst, Did You Hear About Neil Simon’s Rumors?

Broward Stage Door’s production proves Rumors may be one of the funniest Neil Simon plays you’ve never heard of. But it also underscores what your mother warned you: an unrelieved diet of the most delicious candy will eventually lose its punch.

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