Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

‘one in two’ is More Updated Report in the War on HIV/AIDS

More current than the classic AIDS plays written three decades ago, Donja R. Love’s ‘one in two’ examines the challenges of with HIV-positive when talk shows have ads for pills that make the virus “undetectable” and restore the freedom to have casual sex or make love.

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Playwright-Actor Deray Tells of Real Inner Struggle in Premiere of Educating Asher

Eytan Deray’s courageous world premiere Educating Asher at Empire Stage – courageous not only because it has been drawn from the marrow of his being as playwright, but courageous because he also performs it, unreined and uninhibitedly without any self-serving censorship.

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Main Street Players’ Facile Black Sheep a Surreal Struggle

Main Street Players struggles bravely to conquer Lee Blessing’s satire on race and privilege in Black Sheep, but stumbles on tonal uncertainty. and fails to reach the script’s potential.

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Four Decades On, Evita Still Resounds With Relevance

So when the political player at the center of a 1978 musical is a conscienceless, ambitious, charismatic and manipulative “populist” with a media background, 2022 audiences should be forgiven for hearing deafening echoes in Evita at PPTOPA

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Country Fusion Pioneer Hank Williams’ Rise and Collapse Glow in Playhouse’s Lost Highway

A raft of country classics are interspersed in this clear-eyed yet affectionate bio-musical Hank Williams: Lost Highway at Actors Playhouse tracking the rise and collapse of the music legend.

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84-Year-Old Clown Ruben Rabasa Leads Quirky Comic Ride

In the 84-year-old Ruben Rabasa, a tall skinny but gnome-like looking creature brimming with life and humor, GableStage audiences are treated to a wild and quirky interaction with this winning clown in Rubenology: The Making of An American Legend.

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Immigrants’ Journey Captured in Glorious Song and Story in Miami New Drama’s Papa Cuatro

Rarely has immigrants’ connection to their past and future been so fully realized in a passionate embrace as in this premiere of Papá Cuatro at Miami New Drama. It is, by turns, alternately rousing, soulful, humorous, thrilling; but always a moving celebration of Venezuelan music refracted through the backstories of world-class exiled musicians.

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The Merchant of Venice Reinterpreted Through Lens of Race, Time and Place

Darius Daughtry and Grace Arts Center reimagine The Merchant of Venice in 1940s Fort Lauderdale to examine tensions when when infighting exists within the African American community.

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A Guitar & Its Culture Is Focal Point for MiND’s ‘Papa Cuatro’

The cuatro, a small quintessential Venezualan instrument four-string guitar, is the focus of Papá Cuatro, Miami New Drama’s world premiere, opens. The director describes it as “something between a musical, a documentary, and a house party.”

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36th International Hispanic Theatre Festival Opens With Unique Work

The play “Are You There, Bette Davis?” written and directed by Uruguayan Domingo Milesi is a centerpiece of the 36th International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami this month, featuring six productions from Argentina, Chile, Spain, Puerto Rico, and the United States.

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