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The Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s Sweet Charity is a thoroughly well-produced and inarguably entertaining time machine back to when the musical was created in 1966 and when the cutting-edge dance craze was the Frug. It also celebrates a sexist societal mindset that will aggravate anyone born after 1966.
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.
Much of the audience at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s opening night of Jersey Boys was its traditional well-heeled well-coiffed crowd. But their increasingly unfettered applause, then cheers, then standing ovation while clapping to their music reflected a specific message. “Our time, our music, our youth mattered.”
When director-choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge agreed to lead the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s edition of the much-seen Jersey Boys, the challenge was to invest the familiar production with a fresh approach and unearth facets that the show’s fans haven’t seen before.
Sometimes all you want out of an evening of theater is not Lear or Seurat. But just fun. Escapist laughter-laden fun. Dovetailing with the re-opening of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, the daffy musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a welcome distraction from headlines and deadlines.
The art of acting – alternately glorious and mundane – is celebrated in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s return to live production after 700 days with Paul Rudnick’s delightfully comical I Hate Hamlet.
Described as two hurricanes striking at the same time, Covid has dealt the Maltz Jupiter Theatre serious blows including cancelling one big-budget musical Sweet Charity because the opening of its remodeled theater has been delayed. Virus-related shortages in crippling material supply and aggravating work force shortfalls come a few weeks after season opener Jersey Boys was also cancelled.
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.
The show will go on for SoFla theater, but 2021-2022 will be a season of asterisks, what ifs and when. In a three-part series, we talk to artistic and managing directors about why this season will be unlike any other: from COVID to diversity. While local theaters survived the past 17 months the coming season may determine whether every Florida company will still be here a year from now.
The show will go on for SoFla theater, but 2021-2022 will be a season of asterisks, what ifs and when. In a 3-part series, we talk to artistic and managing directors about awhy this season will be unlike any other: from COVID to diversity. While local theaters survived the past 17 months the coming season may determine whether every Florida company will still be here a year from now.