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There is nothing especially wrong with The Wick Theatre’s riff on West Side Story, But if you’ve seen other productions, by comparison, the modestly entertaining result is competent but rarely reaches those emotional peaks that the work is proven capable of.
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.
Actors’ Playhouse pulls out all the stops to mount its annual winter centerpiece production. Director David Arisco molded a troupe of actor-singer-dancers who deliver a vibrant evening remarkable for its prolonged sections of power and verve.
These are not at all necessarily what we predict will be the best shows this season (although they may be) or the best attended or the most popular or the most award-winning. We don’t care. These are the shows we most want to see for a variety of reasons.
West Coast author Misha Berson got it right when she observes that West Side Story’s place in world-wide popular culture exceeds that of a mere musical.