Author Archives: Bill Hirschman

Zoetic Stage’s Breathtaking Frankenstein Delivers A Different Brand of Horror

The “horror” in Zoetic Stage’s Frankenstein shares little kinship with the film monster with bolts in his neck terrorizing the countryside or even the 1818 novel of science gone wrong. But a different very contemporary terror is there all the same from the breath-taking wordless prologue of a stitched together embryo clawing out of a pod to the silent final image of two bodies crawling through Arctic waste.

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Songs for a New World Is A Welcome Return For Theater

Jason Robert Brown’s brilliantly insightful and emotionally powerful Songs for a New World lets you know you’re not going crazy all alone in Slow Burn Theatre’s season opener that would be a triumph even if it didn’t signify a full-throated celebratory return of regional theater.

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Miami New Drama Offers Free Season Opener “A Special Day”

What better way to mark the return of live, in-person theater than to celebrate the major role that an audience’s imagination plays in this unique art form? In fact, the professional, nonprofit Miami New Drama (MIND) is offering audiences free admission to a return engagement of the Mexico City and New York-based, nonprofit company Por Piedad Teatro’s production of A Special Day.

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Swirling Realities Within Realities In Gay-Themed ‘Twentieth Century Way’

The Twentieth Century Way creates intersecting, overlapping realities in Island City Stage’s celebration of its 10th season by restaging its 2012 inaugural play. This thought-provoker melds questions about people acknowledging their true identity, amalgamating actors in general hiding behind their roles, and gay men hiding their sexuality from a homophobic society and themselves.

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Racial Issues Permeate Main Street’ Players’ ‘Shakespeare is a White Supremacist’

The premise: A white director leads a multi-ethnic cast in a Midsummer’s Night as an answer to charges of institutional racism. But with wry humor and painfully incisive drama, Main Street Players’ edition of Andrew Watring’s “Shakespeare is a White Supremacist” examines the intersection of theater and racism as a metaphor for larger problems afflicting society in 21st Century America.

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News: Miami New Drama, Main Street Players, MNM, Area Stage, Silver Palms, Actors’ Playhouse, Kravis, GableStage, Tovah Feldshuh

Theater isn’t just coming back to life, it’s emerging in a score of ways. Here’s a sampling of opening nights, fundraisers, new venues, even a call for ushers. News about Miami New Drama, Main Street Players, MNM, Area Stage Company, Silver Palm Awards, Actors’ Playhouse, Kravis Center, GableStage, Tovah Feldshuh

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Carbonells Detail ’21-22 Changes

Broad changes to the Carbonell Awards, designed to assuage a theatrical community whose love-hate relationship has exacerbated in recent years, were detailed Monday. Many changes reflect a revised philosophy to reduce the emphasis on head-to-head competition and amplify the existing goal of honoring excellence.

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2021-22 SoFla Theater Will Be A Season Of Asterisks (Part 3 of 3)

The show will go on for SoFla theater, but 2021-2022 will be a season of asterisks, what ifs and when. In a three-part series, we talk to artistic and managing directors about why this season will be unlike any other: from COVID to diversity. While local theaters survived the past 17 months the coming season may determine whether every Florida company will still be here a year from now.

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2021-22 SoFla Theater Will Be A Season Of Asterisks (Part 2 of 3)

The show will go on for SoFla theater, but 2021-2022 will be a season of asterisks, what ifs and when. In a 3-part series, we talk to artistic and managing directors about awhy this season will be unlike any other: from COVID to diversity. While local theaters survived the past 17 months the coming season may determine whether every Florida company will still be here a year from now.

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2021-22 SoFla Theater Will Be A Season Of Asterisks (Part 1 of 3)

The show will go on for SoFla theater, but 2021-22 will be a season of asterisks, what ifs and when. In a three-part series, we talk to artistic and managing directors about why this season will be unlike any other: from COVID to diversity. While local theaters survived the past 17 months the coming season may determine whether every Florida company will still be here a year from now.

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