Tag Archives: Palm Beach Dramaworks
One pleasure of a theater critic’s job are these year-end retrospectives that require looking back at reviews and be reminded, “Oh, yeah, that was really great. And right, there was that. And how could I forget that one?”
Palm Beach Dramaworks’ production of the world premiere of Billy and Me, a fictionalization of the real life relationship between playwrights Tennessee Williams and William Inge, is a triumph of the imagination, technique, skill and showmanship of playwright Terry Teachout, director William Hayes and actors Nicholas Richberg and Tom Wahl.
Some works of art are born in a long gestation period of mulling almost in the unconscious; others leap gloriously to life in an exultant flash that is one of joys of being a creative person. Billy and Me, Terry Teachout’s play about the relationship between playwrights William Inge and Tennessee Williams premiering this month at Palm Beach Dramaworks, is both.
Greed. Sexism. Conscienceless businessmen. Blackmail. Rebellious youth. Women fighting to break the glass ceiling. Women using sex to manipulate men. Bank embezzlement. Even murder. No, not the latest installment of The Real Housewives. It’s Palm Beach Dramaworks’ revival opening this week of The Little Foxes.
In what is believed to be a groundbreaking move, Palm Beach Dramaworks and GableStage plan a co-production of the acclaimed Broadway play Indecent to be next fall.
If you’re coming to see Charles Busch camping it up in high drag at Palm Beach Dramaworks’ inaugural event in its OutStage @pbd series on Sept. 16, you’ll be disappointed. But if you’re intrigued by a theatrical meld of song and story revealing the universal resonances inside a gay icon of modern times, Busch is betting audiences will enjoy his one-night stand, An Evening With Charles Busch.
If you know where to look, certainly you can find reliable warhorse titles in the upcoming theater season in South Florida, but it’s easier to find vibrant, contemporary and challenging offerings.
Local stages have some special programs running for only one or two days starting tonight including Palm Beach Dramaworks, GableStage and Arts Garage.
Homicidal rage against a corrupt world spews into the audience in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ Sweeney Todd. But its singular spin is that the serial throat-slitting barber does not start as a vengeance-obsessed fiend. It it adds a dimension of, not forgiveness, but compassion to this cross between gleeful Grand Guignol and merciless condemnation of socio-economic inequity.
Those who love Stephen Sondheim and Sweeney Todd in particular should come with an open mind to this month’s edition at Palm Beach Dramaworks expecting a different spin on the material.