Reviews

Actors’ Playhouse Delivers A Margaritaville That Jimmy Buffett Would Drink To

Escape to Margaritaville at Actors’ Playhouse accomplishes what its title suggests. Specifically, the show conjures the kind of laid-back escape during which you might sport a hat and sunglasses, and hold a tall drink topped with a cherry or pineapple. In between sips, you snap, clap, tap, and/or sing along to Jimmy Buffett’s greatest hits.

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No Exit: Dramaworks Bows Lewis’ Look At Blue Collar Youths’ Blocked Dreams

If the 1920s gave birth to The Lost Generation, then the 2020s saw the taking root of The Trapped Generation. Palm Beach Dramaworks’ premiere of Carter W. Lewis’ The Science of Leaving Omaha depicts a world in which the The American Dream no longer exists as a viable possibility in the minds of 20-somethings and their younger siblings.

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Riverside’s Bakersfield Mist Delves Into The Power of Art

From F-bombs to high-brow discourse, Riverside Theatre’s absorbing Bakersfield Mist provokes and expands boundaries of what we know about the power of art and broader meanings of authenticity and delusion.

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Ordinary People Face Global Meltdown In Theatre Lab’s Tragi-Comedy Last Night In Inwood

In movies, “ordinary people” facing a dystopian challenge miraculously find courage and composure. We would be more like the extended family slowly coming unglued in Theatre Lab’s premiere of Last Night in Inwood as civilization disintegrates.

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FGO Gifts Twin Comic Operas By Puccini & Ching’s Modern Sequel

Is anything as entertaining as watching a pack of scoundrels maneuvering to snatch from each other what isn’t theirs to begin with? Puccini certainly thought not, as does composer Michael Ching, as does Florida Grand Opera, presenting Puccini’s broad comedy Gianni Schicchi and Ching’s 1997 English-language sequel Buoso’s Ghost.

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Rotterdam Captures Shattering Fallout From Gender Fluidity

Jon Brittain’s prescient, abundantly insightful play Rotterdam at Island City Stage, captures the messy, shattering fallout from gender fluidity for the transgender person as well as their friends, families and lovers.

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Bower Shines Like A Star in Tuneful, Witty Anything Goes

If only for the opportunity to enjoy Aaron Bower inhabiting a role she was born to play, we’d urge you to see the Wick Theatre’s revival of the updated Cole Porter musical Anything Goes. But the broader truth is that every aspect of this tuneful, witty musical gets as fine a production here as you can ask for.

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Fiery Performance Powers Musical About Tina Turner

Ever wondered what a blazing comet looks like a few yards from your face? Visit the Broward Center to catch the national tour of Tina, a huge fireball smashing through the backwall powering right through the auditorium.

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Not Hamlet or Hamilton, But The Full Monty Eventually Wins Over

True, there’s not particularly buff former factory workers stripping down to G-strings, pumping and grinding in a ladies’ bar, but The Full Monty is the kind of pleasant mainstream musical that folks used to complain wasn’t being made anymore.

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Like the Country It Unravels, ‘American Rhapsody is Complicated, Ambitious & Flawed

American Rhapsody, Michael McKeever’s sprawling premiere at Zoetic Stage, is a history play, a bildungsroman, a tribute to fluid families, a cautionary tale about where the zeitgeist might be headed. It spans more than 60 years and feels, perhaps like the American experiment itself.

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