‘Winter Shorts’ a sumptuous South Florida treat for the holidays

Photo by Justin Namon Margot Moreland and Dave Corey appear in “Becky’s Christmas Wish.” MIAMI — Oy Vey Maria is anything but your typical school Christmas pageant. It’s one of the most thoughtful, smartly-written and inventive holiday plays you’re likely to see. The Miracle of Chanukah, meanwhile, is not normally...

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Mormon’s positive message feels more vital

    Photo courtesey bookofmormonbroadway.com/tour The missionaries from The Book of Mormon prepare to head off for their assignments.   MIAMI — No matter how many times you’ve seen The Book of Mormon, the musical phenomenon feels more uplifting, encouraging and vital this time around. At this writing, more than a month...

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Island City Stage scores a triumph with outrageous season-opening HIR

Photo by George Wentzler Lawrence Buzzeo (front) as Arnold Connor appear in a scene from Island City Stage’s production of HIR. Pictured in the back are Daniel Capote as Isaac Connor and Mia Matthews as Paige Connor. WILTON MANORS, Fla. — The curtain opens, revealing a cheery, brightly-colored home sporting...

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Comedy goes right in The Play That Goes Wrong

  NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. — The Play That Goes Wrong should be titled The Play That Goes Right. Oh, it’s understandable why authors Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields came up with their title. Practically nothing the characters do in this play-within-a-play, now on Broadway, seems to be correct....

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A unique stage experience is brought to vivid life

(Photo courtesy of Area Stage Company) Mallory Newbrough (Dora) and George (Robert Richards, Jr.) appear in a scene from Area Stage Company’s production of An Octoroon CORAL GABLES, Fla. — “If anything, the theatre is no longer a place of novelty,” says a character in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’  An Octoroon. “The...

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Simon’s one-liners are a nice respite in these frightening times

Photo by George Wentzler From left, Al Lewis (Peter Librach) and Willie Clark (Michael H. Small) don’t exactly see eye-to-eye in Broward Stage Door’s production of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys. MARGATE — As you hear his one-liners zing from the mouth of one character to the ear of another,...

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Explosive production of Sam Shepherd play mirrors mayhem in Virginia

(Photo courtesy of New City Players) Timothy Mark Davis (left) and Andrew Paul Davis appear in a scene from New City Players’ production of True West. FT. LAUDERDALE — In the wake of Saturday’s white supremacist rally and destruction in Virginia, New City Players’ production of Sam Shepherd’s True West serves...

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Bad Jews can remind us of our naughty selves

Photo by Dennis Lyzniak Hannah Benitez and Joseph Paul Pino play feuding cousins in Main Street Players’ production of Bad Jews MIAMI LAKES — Unless you hail from South Africa, you might not have heard of a koeksister. A feature on www.salon.com describes it as “South Africa’s twisted and delicious...

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This lighthearted ‘Legend’ will whisk you away from your worries

  CORAL GABLES, Fla. Go ahead, poke fun at drag queens all you want. Call them weirdos, freaks or any other name to express your disapproval at their lifestyle or your inherent dislike of them, for whatever reason. The bottom line is that at least twice now in the make-believe world...

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Cast of The Cripple of Inishmaan finds humanity behind characters’ oddities 

WEST PALM BEACH — If he were a real person, Johnnypateenmike O’Dougal would never win a “Citizen of the Year” award. Guaranteed. He talks incessantly, regardless of whether anyone in the room wants to hear his babble. He’s a self-centered, rude, loud, crotchety, curmudgeon. Picture an individual walking into a...

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