‘Terror’ a riveting, thought-provoking new play splendidly performed by Miami New Drama

MIAMI BEACH — As the riveting, disturbing and heartbreaking play “Terror” illustrates, in our post-Sept. 11 world, black and white morality can blow up in pieces, leaving lots of grey – just like the shattered, shot-down civilian commercial jet at the center of the new play, leaving shards and grey...

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Critics told Cabaret is ‘at the core of all performance’

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. — At its root, Cabaret is real estate.  “It’s a room,” writer/director Gerry Geddes said. “And what happens in that room can be magic.  A performer can do whatever they want in the space of a cabaret.”  Geddes spoke those words while surrounded by Cabaret performers....

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Panelists discuss possible solutions to theater criticism ‘crisis’

With the future of theater criticism facing uncertainties, a “new economic model” to help fund its continued practice may be necessary. That’s what a critic and author suggested during a panel discussion at the American Theatre Critics Association’s recent mini conference in New York City. Matt Windman, author of “The...

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Non-equity touring production of ’42nd Street’ clicks

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — It’s a safe bet to assume many people see “42nd Street” to “come and meet…those dancing feet.” Current non-equity national tour director Mark Bramble doesn’t disappoint in a mostly commendable production that played a one-night stand in West Palm Beach on New Year’s Eve. The...

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Strong dancing key in telling the tale of ‘An American in Paris’

MIAMI, Fla. — Anyone who has seen the musicals “West Side Story” and “Billy Elliot” knows that dance plays an integral role in those shows’ storytelling. During parts of “West Side Story,” tough, aggressive dance moves mirror the fearless and gritty personalities of the gang members. In a scene from...

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This ‘tragedy’ is actually hilarious

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Never has a tragedy been as funny as the one-man, hilarious comedy on-stage at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center in Boca Raton through Jan. 29, one stop on a national tour. In fact, the use of the word “tragedy” in the play’s title is meant for...

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Musical about historic 1950s jam session sure to bring back memories

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Goodness, gracious, great bursts of fire radiate from the upstairs stage of the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables, where the stirring musical “Million Dollar Quartet” is enjoying an electric production through Jan 1. The Tony Award winning  show, which enjoyed a Broadway...

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The ‘sneaky,’ ‘invisible’ designers behind the scenes of a live theater production

By AARON KRAUSE NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. — Projection design in live theater can aid in telling a story, a practitioner told members of a theater critics group recently. That’s true, agreed another projection designer. But there are times when projection design isn’t appropriate, she added. The two individuals were members...

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An original musical’s journey

By AARON KRAUSE NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. — A caring, open-minded producer and perceptive, engaged audience members played crucial roles in the success story of the original new Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen’s” journey from page to stage. That is what a group of theater critics learned recently during this...

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A ‘Tru’ story about a celebrity writer depicted as a flesh and blood human

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — If the true-life tales of successful, famous individuals like Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe have taught us anything, it’s that such celebrities are people like anybody else. They’re not immune to feelings of abandonment and other forms of emotional pain we all experience at different...

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