Area Stage’s ‘Matilda’ is filled with humor, heart and magic

    Photo by John Rodaz Katie Duerr as Miss Honey and Alejandra Bess as Matilda are deep in thought in Area Stage’s commendable production of Matilda.   By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES — The smell of rebellion from “revolting” children has rarely produced a sweeter scent. The aroma emanates these...

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Family-oriented ‘When She Had Wings’ soars at Theatre Lab

            By AARON KRAUSE BOCA RATON — If you listen closely, you’ll hear what sounds like the opening notes to the Stephen Sondheim classic, “Send in the Clowns” as part of the music to Theatre Lab’s magical production of When She Had Wings. Chances are, this...

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World premiere of ‘Starmaker’ shines bright at Island City Stage

Photo courtesy of Wentzler Photography Henry Willson (David Edwards) feels like he’s on top of the world, surrounded by his star “creations” in Michael Leeds new play, “Starmaker.” The work’s debut production runs through Sept. 8 at Island City Stage, near Ft. Lauderdale. By AARON KRAUSE WILTON MANORS — It’s...

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These ‘Men on Boats’ will win you over

Photo by Dennis Lyzniak Nobody said a group of explorers in 1869 had it easy. But they proved fiercely determined, as Jaclyn Backhaus’ play Men on Boats demonstrates in Main Street Players’ production.   By AARON KRAUSE MIAMI LAKES — Chances are, you won’t hear many people equate Jaclyn Backhaus’ play Men...

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 ‘She Shorts’ empowers, delights  

    Photo courtesy of Thinking Cap Theatre and City Theatre An intense scene plays out in Webster’s Bitch, one of several pieces comprising the inaugural presentation of She Shorts.   By AARON KRAUSE FT. LAUDERDALE — Looking back, the all-around beneficial collaboration seemed inevitable. To begin with, throughout its...

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A House of Blue Leaves well worth visiting at Palm Beach Dramaworks

    Photo by Samantha Mighdoll Bananas (Elena Maria Garcia) and Artie (Bruce Linser) pray during Pope Paul VI’s televised broadcast from Yankee Stadium in The House of Blue Leaves.   By AARON KRAUSE WEST PALM BEACH — As anyone familiar with John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves knows,...

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Complex, relatable Precious Little succeeds in a big way at Thinking Cap Theatre

  Photo by Nicole Stodard Brodie (Sabrina Lynn Gore, back) is intrigued — and comforted — by an ape, played by Carol Sussman in Precious Little.   By AARON KRAUSE FT. LAUDERDALE — Awww, isn’t it cute how the little monkey with sad, puppy-dog eyes is sucking on a pacifier?...

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Palm Beach Dramaworks’ Fences offers ample power, pathos

Photo by Samantha Mighdoll Rose (Karen Stephens) confronts her husband, Troy (Lester Purry) in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ riveting production of August Wilson’s Fences.  By AARON KRAUSE WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Toward the end of Palm Beach Dramaworks’ breath-stealing, intense and all-together riveting production of August Wilson’s masterpiece, Fences, fierce thunder claps...

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Island City Stage’s From White Plains packs an emotional punch

    Photo by George Wentzler Ethan (Todd Bruno) and John (Alex Alvarez) live it up in Island City Stage’s production of From White Plains.    By AARON KRAUSE WILTON MANORS, Fla. — William Faulkner wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” And in a devastatingly honest...

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‘Next Fall’ offers hope despite grim subject matter at Outre Theatre Company

Photo by Gina Fontana All the characters in Next Fall can do is wait. Pictured from left are Siobhan Nolan as Arlene and Zac Gowdie as Brandon in Outre Theatre Company’s current production of Geoffrey Nauffts’ bittersweet play.   By AARON KRAUSE POMPANO BEACH, FLA. — If Geoffrey Nauffts had...

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