Grease certainly is the word as the classic rock ‘n’ roll musical glides its way into a solid staging as the first joint production of MNM Theatre Company, North End Theater Company, and the City of Lauderhill. Add also the words energetic, entertaining and engaging as Grease’s enthusiastic cast takes its audiences back to the tunes and attitudes of 1959.
Blessed with a glorious score and soaring arias, you would think that André Previn’s take on A Streetcar Named Desire would be a triumph as Florida Grand Opera’s first major production in two years. But as well worth it may be seeing, the collision of high-toned opera and Tennessee Williams’ theatrical drama simply do not meld into a single artistic whole.
For older audiences who see the number of expensive pills they take each morning magically multiply over the years, the wicked satire of Big Pharma in the otherwise romantic comedy Rx is welcomed at Boca Stage. But as cutting as Rx can be (one dotty scientist says “If I knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research”) the Rx that playwright Kate Fodor prescribes for the modern malaise is, yes, love.
The celebration of love in many permutations – from first connections to farewells – swirls around the stage like the snow and the aurora borealis lights in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ gentle, sometimes comic, sometimes bittersweet, consistently touching Almost, Maine. The vignettes about the quirky residents creating, testing, dissolving relationships is shot through with the hope that love can be found or rescued.
The concepts of home and homeland—especially when they are no longer the same place— have become even more complicated in the 21st Century for Cuban-Americans highlighted in Hannah Benitez’ world premiere GringoLandia commissioned by Zoetic Stage, a gentle comedy woven with the struggles of a past that no longer exists.
The big, emotion-charged music of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel welcomes audience, actors and artists back to Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach.
COVID CLOSED In this fourth or fifth reconnection with the glee-filled and glee-inducing musical comedy Hairspray, a truly apt term, what surfaced at the national tour’s all too brief bow at the Arsht Center this week was how this charmer is actually about dreams.
Put aside the messages of acceptance, being comfortable in your own skin, family bonds and making your own path, Slow Burn Theatre gifts audiences with the sheer entertainment in its Kinky Boots, pulling together high-step dancing—and we do mean high with those boots—to the enthusiastic singing to the solid acting.
Avi Hoffman is ensuring that proper homage is paid to Joe Papp, the visionary who intersected art and community by making theater accessible to the general public in comprehensibility, neighborhood performances and free admission in “Joe Papp at the Ballroom,” a one-man musical world premiere playing a limited run at GableStage.
In these difficult times, sometimes all you want, all you need is a good ol’ Big Broadway Musical Comedy with a rousing score, enthusiastic performers, an unabashedly uplifting message and a kick-butt finale. The national tour of The Prom at the Broward Center will ease what ails you.