New universally-relevant McKeever play receives strong world premiere

(Photo by George Schiavone) 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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Lightning Bolt Productions’ strong ‘Into The Woods’ gives musical modern resonance

(Photo by Carol Kassie) Here are some of the actors playing major characters in Lightning Bolt Production’s mounting of Into the Woods. BOCA RATON — Into the Woods’ disturbing second act occurs in a boy’s nightmare in Lightning Bolt Production’s riveting, pulse-quickening production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s 1987...

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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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Million Dollar Quartet proves priceless — again — at Actors’ Playhosue

  (Photo by Alberto Romeu) The cast of Actors’ Playhouse production of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ jams it out during a much-anticipated return engagement of the musical. CORAL GABLES, Fla. — So…what do Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis have in store for an encore in Actors’ Playhouse...

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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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‘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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