Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

Welcome the Circus at Maltz Theater’s Funny Thing Happened

The circus has come to town with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. In this time of upheaval and uncertainty, sometimes what you need is a dose of supreme silliness, not just silliness but the classically constructed silliness created by a cadre of comedy experts.

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Report From New York: & Juliet Lands Even If You Don’t Know Any Katy Perry Hit Songs

While the younger audience at & Juliet is beyond delighted how more than 30 beloved 21st Century standards were slipped into the plot, you don’t have to have a scintilla of familiarity with Katy Perry or Britney Spears to have a terrific time at this hoot of an evening.

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Justice Is Only Part of the Goal in Dramaworks’ 12 Angry Men

Actors and other artists are huddling at Palm Beach Dramaworks in preparation for a timely revival of 12 Angry Men that looks at interpersonal interplay as well as justice.

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Report From New York: Race Expands Death of a Salesman

The newest edition of Death of a Salesman emanates an unique vibe, not simply because the Loman family is African-American. Racial overtones inarguably add an extra topspin on the socio-economic setting in which a black family is struggling to stay afloat in 1949, but the challenges Miller poses are underscored as tragically universally transcending race.

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Hamilton Rises Up at Broward Center Even Better Than Before

Has the mega-hit musical Hamilton lost its sheen since it opened in 2015 before embarking on tours? It has not. Now playing at the Broward Center, this rendition actually is a stronger production, full of energy with a fresh veneer.

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Dorothy’s Dictionary at Theatre Lab Is Entry Worth Looking Up

In a time when so much theater and film seem dependent on sling-shots of unexpected left turns there’s a quiet life-affirming pleasure in a work that follows precisely the arc you expect from its familiar telegraphy. Such is the world premiere of E.M. Lewis’ Dorothy’s Dictionary at Theatre Lab – a warm and poignant celebration of words, books and bonds between people who love them

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Brinin’ Back The Quartet With Holiday Holly and Spangles

Elvis, Carl, Johnny and Jerry Lee return for the Million Dollar Quartet Christmas at Actors’ Playhouse with the same virtues and flaws as the previous editions: impressive musicians with winning personalities delivering a driving evening of kick-butt rock and a few holiday carols mixed in.

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2022 Remy Awards Named By South Florida Theatre League

The South Florida Theatre League has announced the 2022 Remy Awards recipients to be given at a live ceremony Dec. 5.

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Report From New York: Almost Famous Is Pleasant If Not Memorable Musical

There’s nothing badly constructed or even half-baked about the pleasant Almost Famous based on the film, but only Boomers will see it as much more than a mildly diverting curiosity. It’s a decent effort from earnest professionals that you’re not likely to remember two weeks later.

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Remembering Jan McArt Next Week

A large crowd of fans and colleagues from all over the country are expected to gather next week for the memorial for The First Lady of South Florida Theater Jan McArt who died in January 2021. Florida Theater On Stage published a lengthy portrait of McArt in 2015. It can be found by clicking here. https://tinyurl.com/2kkwfff6. Her obituary on the site can be read by clicking here. https://tinyurl.com/2fabjbte

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