Area Stage’s revived ‘Shrek’ is equally magical

            Photo by John Rodaz Members of a fictional theatrical troupe prepare to act in a production of Shrek The Musical in Area Stage Company’s revival of its hit 2018 production.   By AARON KRAUSE Two southeast Florida theater companies are demonstrating how quality, live,...

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Safe, live theater returns to Miami Beach with ‘Seven Deadly Sins’

Photo courtesy of Ernesto Sempoll Jessica Farr and Caleb Scott appear in the sultry Amsterdam Latitudes in Miami New Drama’s production of Seven Deadly Sins.     By AARON KRAUSE MIAMI BEACH — You’ll rarely find people celebrating in purgatory. Then again, you probably won’t find elsewhere the kind of...

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A moving, scary ‘A Christmas Carol’ is streaming

            Photo by Chris Whitaker Ebenezer Scrooge (Jefferson Mays) looks as though he’s freefalling in a streaming version of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol.   By AARON KRAUSE At times, one of the newest adaptations of A Christmas Carol sounds and looks more like...

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MNM’s ‘Closer Than Ever’ is creative, heartfelt

  Photo courtesy of MNM Theatre Company. Thanks to technology, actors are able to look as though they’re near each other, and even holding hands, in MNM’s Closer Than Ever.   By AARON KRAUSE The telling and timely stage picture appears at the end of West Palm Beach-based MNM Theatre...

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Thinking Cap Theatre’s ‘Laced’ will leave you hopeful for better days

  Thinking Cap Theatre Cat (played by Jordan Patriarca in Thinking Cap Theatre’s virtual production) thought wrong.   By AARON KRAUSE The owner of a gay bar “used to throw a mean right hook in the face of some homophobic mother—ers, that’s for sure,” a character says in Samantha Mueller’s...

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Actors’ Playhouse presents scaled down, yet winning ‘Camelot’

  Photo courtesy Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Pictured here are the trio comprising the “love triangle” in Camelot. Appearing from left are Nick Fitzer as Lancelot, Britt Michael Gordon as King Arthur, and Kayleen Seidl as Guenevere.   By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Picture this: Community...

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‘Gifts’ focuses on the power of story during dark moments

Photo courtesy of Irish Repertory Theatre (From left) Marty Rea, as Tom, Sean McGinley as Larry, and Marie Mullen as Rose.   By AARON KRAUSE What are some “gifts” that you’ve brought to dark, anxiety-inducing times, places, or situations? Perhaps you smiled brightly while visiting a lonely, scared person forced...

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‘A Chorus Line’ can make us reflect on unheralded heroes

  Photo by Amy Pasquantonio Cast members appear in one of the iconic scenes from A Chorus Line.   By AARON KRAUSE BOCA RATON — Hopefully, sooner rather than later, Coronavirus will disappear. Then, the media may choose to highlight “unsung heroes” in the battle against the virus. Specifically, these...

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Much is nice about ‘Mean Girls’

  By AARON KRAUSE FT. LAUDERDALE — Let’s say you are part of an audience watching the energetic, entertaining, savage and explosive stage musical adaptation of the widely-known 2004 movie, Mean Girls. And you’re a newbie. More specifically, you’re a member of that rare species that is as unfamiliar with...

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a winner at Lauderhill’s LPAC

    Photo by Carol Kassie Belle (Rebecca Rene Kelley) and the beast (James Arthur Douglas) dance with each other.   By AARON KRAUSE LAUDERHILL — With incidents of bullying and resultant suicides in the news, it’s an appropriate time to mount a production of Beauty and the Beast. Sure,...

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