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Carousel Swirls And The Music Swells At Actors Playhouse

The miracle of the Carousel when it’s done well, as it is in this Actors Playhouse production, is that although it’s 72 years old and its protagonists are a wife-beating ne’er-do-well and the woman who stubbornly loves him despite the domestic violence, the bloody thing works in the 21st Century.

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Looking Back At South Florida Theater’s 2015: Taking Chances Financially And Artistically

2015 produced a wild variety of snapshots to paste in the theatrical scrapbooks: a male Dolly Levi, a homicidal dimwit slicing carrots, a kidnapper forcing her captives to learn nonsense, a tsunami engulfing a Japanese village, a green-gunked survivor of toxic sludge singing love songs to his blind librarian girlfriend. You know, just another year for regional theater in South Florida.

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Dramaworks’ 110 In The Shade Is Straight From The Heart

The modern musical has its glories, but none unabashedly embrace pure feeling in quite the way Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt did in the 1960s. So be thankful for Palm Beach Dramaworks’ concert” series’ courageous celebration of heartfelt sentiment in 110 In The Shade.

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This Is A First Date Worth Going Out On At Actors’ Playhouse

The utterly charming new show at Actors’ Playhouse is a musical for, by and about the 21st Century Urban Neurotic Young Adult in that eternal crucible of awkward human relations: the “First Date.”

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Trot Out The Superlatives For Actors’ Playhouse’s Ragtime

As far as large-scale Broadway musicals, Ragtime stands as Actors’ finest mainstream work ever, as accessible and satisfying as it is passionate and thoughtful. Anyone who cares about musical theater, or theater in general, should make a special effort to see this production.

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New Theatre’s Cuban Spring Plumbs How Generations Define Their Identity As Cubans

The overall picture may seem a bit disjointed and fuzzy, but the world premiere of The Cuban Spring at New Theatre incisively depicts the complexities of Cuban-American families in modern Miami as their American-born generation conflicts with parents struggling with ghosts of their birthplace.

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Talkin’ In The Green Room With…. Nick Duckart

Three-time Carbonell winner Nick Duckart has been a rapping Dominican-American bodega owner, a Palestinian terrorist, a Polish-American assassin, and the Egyptian Pharaoh in Joseph and the… well you know. One agent called him “ethnically ambiguous.” He dances the merengue, owns every episode of I Love Lucy and spills some secrets including recalling a disastrous nude scene.

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Vibrant, Zesty Zorba! Gets Staged Concert At Dramaworks

From the first tinkling of the bouzouki, Palm Beach Dramaworks’ mounting of the rarely-seen Kander and ebb musical Zorba! fairly throbs with life-affirming spirit in direct spite of the vagaries of Fate.

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Sondheim’s Dark Musical Assassins Is A Triumphant Bullseye From Zoetic

Zoetic Stage director Stuart Meltzer and a superb collection of actors and designers have scored, forgive me, a bull’s eye with this production of Assassins. . Any Stephen Sondheim fan understands that his work is not everyone’s cup of saltpeter. But for those who seek intelligent, thought-provoking musical theater, there are few pieces as superb as this.

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Phone Rings, Door Chimes, In Comes A Welcome Company Concert At PB Dramaworks

You may long for Palm Beach Dramaworks’ staged concert of Company to have one more week of rehearsal just to let it ripen and deepen, but what’s on stage remains an unassailably well-crafted, well-performed, downright entertaining production of Stephen Sondheim’s Continental Divide of American theater.

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