Death and Harry Houdini amazes with captivating magic

Death and Harry Houdini amazes with captivating magic

By AARON KRA– USE MIAMI — It’s not every day that famed magician and escape artist Harry Houdini flings playing cards at you, interacts with you  and even calls you up as a volunteer to participate in one of his tricks. Then again, it’s not every day that you witness...

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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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Touring ‘Matilda’ is a theatrical experience to remember and cherish

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — You can associate any one of many ferocious animals with the formidable, fiendish, she-devil of a school headmistress, Agatha Trunchbull, in renown author Roald Dahl’s beloved tale “Matilda.” But it’s safe to say we all become mother bears whenever we watch adults – particularly of the...

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Could Beckett’s world in ‘Godot’ be a preview of a bleak future world?

BOCA RATON, Fla. — With a Trumpian America in full swing, and the resulting uncertainty, fear and dread of many citizens, not just those of the U.S., perhaps it’s time to look at the much-analyzed and confounding “Waiting for Godot” through a dystopian, futuristic lens. Seeing Samuel Beckett’s 1953 existential...

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This ‘Little Mermaid’ largely sinks

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The mostly dull theme park attraction which opened Wednesday at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts isn’t without merit. Diana Huey, who plays the lead role of mermaid Ariel in the second-rate attraction (sorry, musical) “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” can sing pleasantly, powerfully and clearly. She...

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Chief villain of ‘Newsies” can bring to mind our current commander-in-chief

It’s probably not popular to brand a journalist a villain during these early days of the Trump presidency, what with his attacks on the media. Champions of the First Amendment surely will cast journalists in a positive light and “The Donald” in a negative one. But flash back to the...

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Carousel’s emotions, moods vividly depicted in Actors Playhouse outsanding production

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Many would argue that, in today’s troubled world, we especially need to hear the comforting song “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The moving, majestic, memorable melody is one of many Richard Rodgers’ and Oscar Hammerstein II’s gems that stick in our mind and soul once we’ve heard...

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Award-winning producer steers August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ to Broadway

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. — Chalk up another success for award-winning Broadway producer Ron Simons — putting on Broadway the only August Wilson “Pittsburgh Cycle” play that has yet to appear on the  Great White Way. Simons doesn’t have a definitive answer as to why Wilson’s play “Jitney” had never...

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GableStage’s intense ‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ is a compassionate look at troublemakers

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The desperate, proud man at the center of GableStage’s excellent production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning dramedy “Between Riverside and Crazy” spreads his arms wide and yells his name as if for all of New York City to hear. It’s a desperate plea for attention, a...

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A beloved Miami couple’s true story to open Arsht Center’s 2017-18 season

MIAMI, Fla. — Miami theater lovers, prepare to get on your feet. The 2017-18 Broadway in Miami season at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts will kick off with “On Your Feet!,” featuring the true story of Miami legends Gloria and Emilio Estefan. The multiple Grammy-Award-winning husband-and-wife artists,...

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