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The complexity of Sweeney Todd with tongue-twisting lyrics and a breakneck score is, far more difficult to master than most civilians appreciate. So render props to Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts’ respectable production, which features some engaging performances, some quite fine voices and an earnestness of artists clearly filling items on their bucket list.
So when the political player at the center of a 1978 musical is a conscienceless, ambitious, charismatic and manipulative “populist” with a media background, 2022 audiences should be forgiven for hearing deafening echoes in Evita at PPTOPA
You don’t have to know that Sondheim and Webber share the same birthday to adore the broad send-up of musical comedy tropes melded with an equally wicked spoof of Shakespeare in PPTOPA’s Something Rotten — which isn’t.
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.
PPTOPA’s earnest, merely passable production of Cabaret is notable for a few solid performances, but especially for the script which, decade after decade, becomes an increasingly relevant warning. Even more than the original stories, Masteroff’s 1966 “book” warns of an everyday populace willing to accommodate the rise of a totalitarian regime that promises answers, even to the point of self-inflicted blindness to its dangers.
Alvin Entin was an unique human being who invested his lifeforce in at least five passions simultaneously: proud family man, supportive friend who gifted a hundred silent mitzvahs, a far-travelling defense attorney, a political activist who put principle over party label, and a pillar of South Florida community theater whether it was acting, leading its board, or working inside the ticket booth.
It takes courage to mount a play whose 1992 film version is as iconic as A Few Good Men with an unforgettable performance by Jack Nicholson . But this production of Aaron Sorkin’s play by Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts is a promising harbinger as the long-time community theater’s second production as a professional troupe.
News items about PPTOPA hiring professionals, the South Florida Theatre League opens its annual summer festival, Michael Amico wins the Vic Award, Amparo extends again
If you know where to look, certainly you can find reliable warhorse titles in the upcoming theater season in South Florida, but it’s easier to find vibrant, contemporary and challenging offerings.
Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts is laboring to make its massive and expensive production of the epic Les Miserables a rebuke to silence those who dismiss community theater sight unseen.