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Genius and madness. Concrete calculations and unbridled theorizing. Humor and sorrow. But the greatest mysteries depicted in Proof reside in the human heart, conflicts on display that are hard to encapsulate in Actors’ Playhouse’s intriguing and satisfying production.
Actors Playhouse’s lively Bright Star is a folk-country fable replete with spirited dances, classic character types, a genuine respect for everyday folk, and, ultimately, a moral about bedrock virtues persevering over profound tragedy. But this production’s strengths are its banjo-and-fiddle bluegrass score and its soaring performance by Kimberly Doreen Burns.
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.
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.
I am begging every critic colleague, everyone who has seen Actors’ Playhouse’s Now and Then to NOT give away anything! One of the many pleasures in this drama laced with humor is watching the story unfold bit by bit, knowing something is going on underneath but enjoying how layers are peeled away by a quartet of superb actors and director.
A raft of country classics are interspersed in this clear-eyed yet affectionate bio-musical Hank Williams: Lost Highway at Actors Playhouse tracking the rise and collapse of the music legend.
Do not go to Actors’ Playhouse’s Murder on the Orient Express expecting the grim locked-room mystery at the heart of the films or the novel. This 2017 edition is penned by the playwright of Lend Me A Tenor. If you can wipe the tone of those earlier efforts from your mind, you will likely find yourself chuckling much of the night at these theater veterans turn the Christie classic into a cute, often quite funny two-hour comedy sketch.
The calendars in South Florida theater are being written in pencil—with erasers. Regional theaters are forging through the Covid spike with no panic and limited public fuss, but with a total lack of certainty of anything—cancelling performances, jettisoning titles, postponing productions a week, a month, a year; inserting swings; and calming ticket buyers by email.
A superb evocation of the soul of Emily Dickinson from actress Margery Lowe and director William Hayes marks the video co-production from Palm Beach Dramaworks and Actors’ Playhouse of The Belle of Amherst, filmed from live performances.
In this time of quarantine, subtle resonances echo the underlying thread of Emily Dickinson’s isolation in Palm Beach Dramaworks and Actors Playhouse’s co-produced filming of the live play, The Belle of Amherst. The one-woman play slated for an early April cyber-release focuses on a multi-faceted depiction of the legendary poet