Slow Burn Theatre Company’s ‘Aida’ contains emotional depth

FT. LAUDERDALE — “Love Transcends Death” is a poem by Naoimh Spence, but it’s also a powerful premise in several theatrical shows, including “Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida,” a heartfelt, touching tale of honor, loyalty and forbidden love which is receiving a remarkable production by the Carbonell Award-winning, Ft. Lauderdale-based Slow Burn...

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‘No Way to Treat a Lady’ hampered by one-dimensional performance at Broward Stage Door Theatre

MARGATE, Fla. — There are times when we like bad, even horrible people. Look no further than musicals such as “Peter Pan” (who doesn’t like, or at least have fun with Captain Hook?) “Chicago,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” and “Sweeney Todd.” Characters in these types of shows...

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‘Jersey Boys’ music still resonates with audiences if Miami audience is any measuring stick

‘Jersey Boys’ music still resonates with audiences if Miami audience is any measuring stick

Their music has become so well-known and popular that a song barely begins before thunderous clapping fills the auditorium. During a recent performance, the audience’ clapping was so loud and sustained at various points that hands, no doubt, turned as red as roses offered with love on Valentine’s Day. Roughly...

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‘Dry Powder’ isn’t dry theater as GableStage’s powerful production proves

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The two characters with opposing views in “Dry Powder,” a scorching, relevant, riveting and unpredictable comic-drama set in the high-stakes world of big-city finance, might as well wear protective helmets and faceguards. There’s enough verbal combat to leave the combatants bloody and bruised if the power...

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A big bravo to Slow Burn Theatre Company’s ‘Big River’

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Ft. Lauderdale-based Slow Burn Theatre Company demonstrates why it received 12 Carbonell Award nominations this year through its strong production of “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” It’s easy to gloss over the musical’s flaws with the talent on display on the Broward Center for...

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‘Anything Goes’ at Ft. Myers dinner theater proves a pure, delightful escape

FT. MYERS, Fla. — As many recent South Florida productions have proven, live theater can powerfully mirror the ails of today. But there’s a limit as to how much dark, disturbing fare, however timely, we can take before we become overwhelmed. At certain points, we require pure escapism. Broadway Palm...

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Florida Rep.’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ speaks to us

The program for Florida Repertory Theatre’s powerful production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” lists Maycomb, Ala., 1935 as the time and setting. That is partially correct: Director Robert Cacioppo’s smart staging of the classic, based on Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, takes place as much in 2017 in Anytown, USA...

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