New universally-relevant McKeever play receives strong world premiere

(Photo by George Wentzler) Mr. Parker (Michael McKeever) and Justin (Samuel Maya) enjoy a playful moment in the world premiere production of Mr. Parker. WILTON MANORS, Fla. — You don’t have to be gay to find resonance in Mr. Parker, a funny, touching play receiving its world premiere at Island...

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New City Players’ strong, new production is a work of art

(Photo courtesy of New City Players) (From left) Ryan Maloney, Joey De La Rua and Timothy Mark Davis appear in New City Players’ production of Yasmina Reza’s Art   FT. LAUDERDALE — It’s funny how someone buying a white painting can nearly destroy long-lasting friendships. If you want to experience...

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Variety marks the 23rd season of City Theatre’s Summer Shorts

  (Photo by Justin Namon) Some of the characters in City Theatre’s Summer Shorts are a tad, shall we say, odd. Pictured from left are Alex Alvarez as Melto Man and Elizabeth Dimon as Lady Mantis in Eric Pfeffinger’s short play Melto Man and Lady Mantis. MIAMI — It might...

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Minimalism means more in Area Stage Company’s Shrek

    (Photo courtesy of Area Stage Company) Shrek (Ryan Bauta) gives fair warning to anyone daring to enter his territory. CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Can audience members believe in a world onstage even if the theatrical magic is simple and visible? After witnessing Area Stage Company’s (ASC) exhilarating production...

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‘Avenue Q’s curriculum is funny, life-affirming at MNM Theatre Co.

(Photo by Jacek Gancarz) The cast of MNM Theatre Company’s production of Avenue Q WEST PALM BEACH — As most musical theater aficionados are aware, there are plenty of words in the potty-mouthed puppet musical Avenue Q that might cause you to recoil. But in today’s economically, politically and socially-troubled...

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Victor/Victoria is a welcome comic treat at South Florida’s Stage Door Theater

(Photo courtesy of Stage Door Theater) “Victor” (Dalia Aleman) is surrounded by the cast of Stage Door Theater’s production of Victor/Victoira MARGATE, Fla. — Stage Door Theater has just the antidote for the persistent rain and dark, cloudy skies south Florida has experienced over the past couple weeks. The reprieve is...

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Powerfully-staged ‘Equus’ at PBD proves terribly timely

(Photo by Samantha Mighdoll) Alan Strang (Steven Maier) has a disturbing obsession with horses in Peter Shaffer’s Equus. WEST PALM BEACH — In the wake of recent school shootings, some undoubtedly and understandably harbor emotions too raw to ponder psychological motivations behind heinous crimes. Yet, theater has a responsibility to...

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An emotionally-potent ‘Next to Normal’ shines in South Florida co-production

Photo by Fernando Barron II (From left) Christopher Alvarez as Gabe, Sabrina Lynn Gore as Diana and Johnbarry Green appear in Infinite Abyss Productions and Measure for Measure’s staging of Next to Normal WILTON MANORS, Fla. — A current South Florida co-production of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning musical Next to Normal is...

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Putting Irma behind them — eight months later

Matherson WILTON MANORS, Fla. — Daimien J. Matherson and his new South Florida theater company are finally about to put an undesired nickname — and Hurricane Irma — behind them. Almost exactly eight months after the storm invaded South Florida, they’re ready to forget about the storm that postponed their...

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Zoetic Stage’s ‘Fun Home’ is fun, funny, relevant and touching

Adult Alison (Anna Lise Jensen) and Bruce Bechdel (Nicholas Richberg) appear in a scene from Zoetic Stage’s production of Fun Home. MIAMI –The people who birthed us can seem the most familiar and foreign individuals…at the same time. But what if you could make better sense of this and more...

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