Playwright Lauren Gunderson wins prestigious critics award

Gunderson (photo by Charles Giuliano)   Lauren Gunderson has done it again. 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 the same honor. This time, Gunderson’s play about contemporary people trying to preserve...

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

(Photo by Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo) 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...

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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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See The Sound of Music from a different perspective with Radicalization of Rolfe

Photo credited to Wentzler Photography Herr Zeller (Michael Kehr, standing), shows tough love toward Rolfe Gruber (Jordan Armstrong) in The Radicalization of Rolfe. WILTON MANORS, Fla. — In a way, The Radicalization of Rolfe is to The Sound of Music as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is to Hamlet. Consider:...

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Memphis is relevant, revitalizing at Slow Burn Theater

  Photo courtesy of Slow Burn Theater Company. Felicia (Khadijah Rolle) and Huey (Brian Golub) sing a duet in Slow Burn Theater Company’s production of Memphis. FT. LAUDERDALE –The lyrics resonate chillingly in the wake of the recent mass school shooting in South Florida, leaving 17 dead – and another...

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Characters, issues in If I Forget will stay with you

Photo by George Schiavone Holly Fischer (Patti Gardner) speaks her piece as family members look on in GableStage’s production of If I Forget. CORAL GABLES, Fla. — In Tony Award-winning playwright Steven Levenson’s deeply unsettling drama If I Forget, dread hovers over a family like funnel clouds over Hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico last...

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Main Street Players admirably stages furiously funny Hollywood satire

Photo by Dennis Lyzniak Sandi Stock, as Hollywood “fixer” Morgan Wright, shocks everyone in Main Street Players’ production of Clark Gable Slept Here. MIAMI LAKES — You might want to don protective gear before seeing Clark Gable Slept Here, a pitch-black comedy by multi award-winning, versatile Miami-area playwright Michael McKeever....

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Palm Beach Dramaworks’ ‘On Golden Pond’ is touching and funny

Photo by Alicia Donelan Ethel Thayer (Pat Bowie) tries to get through to her husband, Norman (John Felix), in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ staging of On Golden Pond. WEST PALM BEACH — If you were to read the 1979 classic, beloved play On Golden Pond, it might seem easy to lump...

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Satire about race, capitalism set in the wrestling ring

MIAMI BEACH — A penetrating, biting, searing, satiric play about race, hypocrisy, capitalism and celebrity worship currently in production in South Beach takes us into….a professional wrestling ring. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a powerhouse of a play by Kristoffer Diaz, might be unlike anything you’ve seen in live theater....

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Hop on this emotional, heartfelt and humorous ‘Ride’

Photo courtesy of Area Stage Company Abigail Baldwin, Kate Markus and Jackeline Gonzalez appear in a scene from Area Stage Company’s production of Eric Lane’s Ride. CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Stories about a long journey allow the playwright to focus not only on the physical trek but to metaphorically suggest...

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