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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Savannah Sipping Society from Pigs Do Fly Productions is a hilarious, moving, and rejuvenating play about older women determined to live life to the fullest by seeking out new adventures.
The hard truth is that virtually no live theater is really chilling. A moment might make you jump, but a production likely will not haunt you. Okay, the London production of The Woman in Black. Now there’s a new contender, Boca Stage’s discomfiting mounting of The Thin Place, a kind of late Halloween gift.
The world premiere Elián at Miami New Drama is not remotely what you expect. Elián is not really about Elián. It’s about the political, social and moral firestorm fueled by ego, pride and bureaucracy that created one of the community-defining incidents in Cuban-American history — told with passion, yes, but shot through with satire, one-liners, a Castro puppet and sex jokes.