Precocious young boy is a reviewer/cheerleader for the theater

He’s a 7-year-old theater reviewer who: A) loves Shakespeare’s poetry and B) can articulate what many adults might wonder after witnessing Samuel Beckett’s absurdist, seemingly meaningless play “Waiting for Godot.” Oh, and he interviewed stars on the red carpet before last year’s Tony Awards telecast in June. He was 6,...

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Actors Playhouse triumphs again with ‘West Side Story’

CORAL GABLES — After Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre staged the iconic, beloved musical “West Side Story” in 1997, the widely and deservedly respected and honored regional theater won a Carbonell Award for “Best Production of a Musical.” Expect at least a nomination for another such award, which recognizes...

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‘Motown the Musical’ makes for a memorable evening of much-loved music

MIAMI — They swayed, they sang along, they clapped. Who knows, some in the audience perhaps even danced. This was, after all, a performance of a national touring production of “Motown the Musical.” And who among us can say we haven’t been touched or moved by Berry Gordy’s famed record...

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What’s GableStage’s current production? ‘Only’ a great, satisfying, comedic pleasure.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Successful comedies about the theater, whether they take place backstage or in a producer’s lofty Manhattan mansion, give us a pleasurable, comical and even perhaps educational look into an area of theater that those of us in the field rarely, if ever, get even a peek....

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Touching ‘Golem of Havana’ ties figure from Jewish folklore to Cuban revolution

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — What does a musical set in 1958 Havana during the reign of Castro predecessor and dictator Fulgencio Batista have to do with a molded-from-clay monster from Jewish folklore? More than you’d think, playwright-director Michel Hausmann will tell you. Inquire further, and Hausmann will no doubt discuss–and...

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‘Ragtime’ more relevant than ever in commendable touring production

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. — All the black woman wanted was help for her husband, whose car was vandalized by a bigoted fire chief and his cronies. The seemingly harmless, helpless lady sought assistance from a visiting vice presidential candidate at a rally, but authorities quickly clubbed her to death. The...

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‘Sound of Music’ proves its timeliness more than 55 years after Broadway opening

MIAMI — There’s a touching moment in the beloved musical classic “The Sound of Music,” during which Naval Captain Georg von Trapp, still hurting emotionally inside from the death of his wife, remarks that he hears his children singing. Up to this point, music reminded him too much of their...

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This ‘Grinch’ will steal your heart

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — If you’re trying to hide something, and small children are watching, you’d be surprised how little you can slip past them. Timothy Mason, the book writer and lyricist for the musical adaptation of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” obviously knows this. Mason fleshed out...

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Playwright should be defendant in this mixed ‘Trial’

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — You’ll likely need more than two hands to count the numerous adaptations of Charles Dickens’ classic tale “A Christmas Carol.” Playwright Mark Brown has contributed to the lot by penning his relatively new play “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge.” Now how about we add “The Trial...

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These ‘Kinky Boots’ may lead you on an unexpected path

MIAMI, Fla. — Shoes are “the most beautiful thing in the world” we’re told repeatedly through song in the electric, life-affirming musical “Kinky Boots,” which will return to downtown Cleveland’s PlayhouseSquare this summer due to popular demand. It’s making it’s way north from South Florida, where I recently caught a...

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