Dynamic ‘Memphis’ is a rousing hit at Actors’ Playhouse

Photo by Alberto Romeu Huey (Eddie Egan) and his mother (Margot Moreland) argue in a scene from Actors’ Playhouse’ production of Memphis: The Musical. By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES, Fla. — About a year ago, Ft. Lauderdale-based Slow Burn Theatre mounted a dynamic production of the highly-charged, Tony-winning musical, Memphis. Today,...

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Crossing Delancey is heartwarming at the Levis JCC

  PHOTO BY ALAN NASH Izzy (Hannah Marks, far left) clearly doesn’t want to hear what Hannah the matchmaker (Betsy Lichtman, far right) is saying in the Levis JCC Sandler Center Theater production of Crossing Delancey. Pictured between Izzy and Hannah are Sam (Mark Kirschenbaum) and Bubbie (Fern Katz).   ...

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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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Panel: Despite challenges, live theater is here to stay

(from left) Eyring and Long By AARON KRAUSE WEST PALM BEACH — America’s regional theaters feature “extraordinary artistry,” a high-ranking advocate told a southeast Florida audience recently. In particular, “so many phenomenal writers” exist, producing “so much wonderful new work,” Theatre Communications Group Executive Director Teresa Eyring said during a...

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‘Waitress’ remains timely, touching and empowering in national tour

Photo by Philicia Endelman Jenna Hunterson (Christine Dwyer) appears contemplative in the national equity tour of Waitress   By AARON KRAUSE MIAMI — Jenna Hunterson likely makes the #MeToo movement proud. Certainly, her new-found confidence and nerve inspire many in the Tony-nominated best musical Waitress. In particular, one scene should...

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Director learns from actors while staging complex classic ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

(Ryan Arnst Photography/Courtesy) Walter Lee Younger (Jovon Jacobs) is in obvious agony. Jacobs plays a suffering, flawed offspring in New City Players’ powerful production of A Raisin in the Sun.   By AARON KRAUSE FT. LAUDERDALE — The prospect of directing A Raisin in the Sun thrilled Mary Elizabeth Gundlach....

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‘Indecent’ entertains and exercises minds at GableStage

(Photo by George Schiavone) Yekel (David Kwiat) deals harshly with his daughter, Rivkele (Hannah Benitez), while her mother (Irene Adjan) tries to restrain her husband. By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES, Fla. — “They say America is free? What do you know here is free?” The above line is from Paula...

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Brothers’ launch film company in a truly collaborative approach

      Here are the Davis brothers, from their respective websites. On the top is Andrew   By AARON KRAUSE South Florida siblings Andrew and Tim Davis’ creative collaboration began with a competitive streak in April 2011: The pair squared off in a hotly-contested staring competition, which Andrew filmed...

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Florida Shakespeare Theater’s uneven Romeo and Juliet is on the move  

Logo taken from https://www.shakespearemiami.com. By AARON KRAUSE PINECREST, Fla. — While Florida Shakespeare Theater’s current production of Romeo and Juliet offers strong moments, the production mostly fails to touch – and break – one’s heart. Any successful mounting of this play requires heartfelt, passionate chemistry between the title characters. Unfortunately, there’s practically no...

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Inaugural festival celebrates new plays

    Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Dramaworks Panel members smile while discussing “Regional Theatre and the Development of New American Plays”    By AARON KRAUSE WEST PALM BEACH — Regional theater is at “the heart of the American process of creating plays.” That is what National New Play Network...

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