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To say that Sondheim’s Passion is not to every intelligent patron’s taste is an understatement. But if you can open yourself up to it, Zoetic Stage’s production is a transcendent work of performance art with the power to rip into your psyche and reaffirm the transformative power of love.
2015 produced a wild variety of snapshots to paste in the theatrical scrapbooks: a male Dolly Levi, a homicidal dimwit slicing carrots, a kidnapper forcing her captives to learn nonsense, a tsunami engulfing a Japanese village, a green-gunked survivor of toxic sludge singing love songs to his blind librarian girlfriend. You know, just another year for regional theater in South Florida.
Professionalism is the only explanation why this much talent—the cream of South Florida theater from the director to the cast to the creative team — invested itself so deeply into the flawed frippery of The Book Club Play at Actors’ Playhouse.
The central tenets of Baruch de Spinoza’s rationalist ethos are explored exhaustively and exhaustingly in GableStage’s intriguing production of David Ives’ New Jerusalem which surely counts as the textbook definition of “thought-provoking theater.
Mad Cat Theatre’s daffy deconstruction of a 1966 Neil Simon The Star Spangled Girl elicited plenty of laughs, but the schizophrenic clashing of styles didn’t land as strongly as anyone hoped
Christopher Demos-Brown’s compelling world premiere Fear Up Harsh from Zoetic Stage is a penetrating interrogation of how our need for heroes can trump the values of truth, honor and loyalty that they fought to preserve. It’s like watching a Humvee drive toward an IED and be stunned by the explosion, first in slow-motion and then an annihilating blast.
Cut through the South Boston accents and into the fibers of Good People, and you’ll find that David Lindsay-Abaire’s 2011 Tony nominee is a character study of the finest sort. However, the fact that the lead character, Margie has remained in South Boston’s Lower End should not be understated — this attachment to one’s childhood roots is what forms the foundation of Good People, now at Gablestage.
The world premiere musical comedy Real Men Sing Show Tunes…and play with puppets lazing through the summer at Actors’ Playhouse reveals men’s deepest darkest secrets, namely life-long confusion, anxiety and fear. T
Torture, vengeance and morality take center stage in Death and the Maiden, a suspenseful thriller now receiving a riveting production at Mosaic Theatre in Plantation.