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If Dickens’ opening line in A Tale of Two Cities has become a trite cliché through overuse it has become a painfully accurate truism about theater over the past two years, especially South Florida theater. Crippling loss and inspiring resurrection. Surrender and perseverance. And , now, the Covid threat has reasserted. But looking back on those two years delivers a testament worth celebrating and learning from.
For all of us who have seen 17 too many editions of A Christmas Carol, City Theatre gifts us a joy-inducing riff on Charles Dickens’ public domain property, the gospel according to Jacob Marley.
With exploratory baby steps, South Florida theater companies are staging events: A cut-down Hamlet by the Shakespeare Troupe, a filmed full production of Closer Than Ever by MNM, and Patti LuPone in a livestreamed concert for the Broward Center.
The actual stage at GableStage may be dark, but the company has replaced the rest of its virus-interrupted 2019-2020 season with a glimpse of what may be one of the evolving facets of the future of theater. It has commissioned 12 area artists to produce nine online projects that meld traditional theater with digital storytelling.
Palm Beach Dramaworks’ team finds the special vibe of Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy set in an unforgiving climate of the heart in The Cripple of Inishmaan.
The Audience, the West End sensation turned Tony winner , conjures 10 meetings, between Queen Elizabeth II and her prime ministers. The play’s regional premiere at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, is like watching an interstitially linked short-play collection. And like every shorts compilation, some of the pieces delight while others plod.
Nearly everyone in the Palm Beach Dramaworks’ superb production of The History Boys is in love with unleashing flash floods of verbiage in an orgy of ideas illustrated by their addiction to quoting a pantheon encompassing W.H. Auden and Frederick Nietzsche in rapid fire banter
Probably the last place you’d want to be after rehearsing with the same cast and crew for weeks, then knowing you’re heading into a month-long run would be gathering at a table for Thanksgiving dinner. But that’s where some members of the cast of Palm Beach Dramaworks’ The History Boys found themselves on the recent holiday.
End Of The Rainbow is not a Judy Garland tribute concert – it’s a dramatic play with music about her death spiral entering its final turn. Actors Playhouse’s production is shot through with witty gallows humor and compassion for a wounded soul.
If you wonder what theater was like back when it was as popular as film and far more influential than the upstart television, you can see a prime example in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s time machine production of the 1952 potboiler Dial M For Murder.