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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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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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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‘Queen of Basel’ is an eye-opener of a play at Miami New Drama

(Photo by Stian Roenning) Rudi Goblen and Betsy Graver appear in Miami New Drama’s world premiere production of  Queen of Basel.   MIAMI BEACH — Is it possible to write and stage an August Strindberg play adaptation that’s #MeToo friendly? Playwright Hilary Bettis and Miami New Drama have succeeded admirably...

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Playwright Lauren Gunderson wins prestigious critics award

Gunderson (photo by Charles Giuliano) Playwright Lauren Gunderson is officially the first repeat winner of a prestigious award from a group of theater critics . Four years after she received a top award from the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) for her play I and You, the writer recently won...

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Palm Beach Dramaworks’ ‘Edgar & Emily’ is a fast, furious hit

(Photo by Samantha Mighdoll) Emily Dickinson (Margery Lowe” is anxious to hear Edgar Allan Poe (Gregg Weiner) read her poetry in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ world premiere production of Edgar & Emily.   WEST PALM BEACH — What’s a casket doing in poetess Emily Dickinson’s bedroom on a cold, snowy night...

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Meaty, cerebral Clybourne Park is a necessary visit at New City Players

  (Photo courtesy of New City Players) Pleasantness doesn’t last long in Clybourne Park. Pictured from left are Daniel Gil as Karl, Krystal Millie Valdes as his wife, Betsy, Ilana Isaacson as Bev and John A. Dalton as her husband, Russ. FT. LAUDERDALE — Maybe developing two left feet would...

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