‘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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Famed actress Dame Diana Rigg dies of cancer

            (NBC via wikimedia commons) Diana Rigg Actress Dame Diana Rigg, a renowned English performer who played roles such as Emma Peel in The Avengers and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, has died at age 82.  In addition to these roles, the late stage...

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Actors’ Playhouse 29th Annual gala auction goes virtual

Courtesy of Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Here is a photo collage of some of the stars that will perform.   Actors’ Playhouse’ starry annual major fundraiser will, for the first time, occur virtually this year  due to the pandemic. However, that is unlikely to dim the event’s wattage....

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Prize-winning play focuses on women’s strength and resilience

  Stephanie Alison Walker   By AARON KRAUSE The 2019 winner of a national award recognizing an emerging female playwright penned a piece about “the strength and resilience of women,” in the author’s words. The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has honored Stephanie Alison Walker with the Francesca Primus Prize....

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Musical wunderkind wows critics, audiences

Photo courtesy of Joshua Turchin Out of all of the instruments he plays, Joshua Turchin (above) likes the piano best.   By AARON KRAUSE Joshua Turchin plays a dozen or so instruments. In addition, he wrote the book and lyrics, and composed the music, to an original, award-winning, Broadway-bound musical...

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Zoetic Stage leads the way with 12 Carbonells

Photo by Justin Namon Here’s the cast of Zoetic Stage’s Sweeney Todd   By AARON KRAUSE South Florida’s “theater prom” on Monday night might have lacked the glitz and glamour of previous years. Still, the 44th Carbonell Awards carried an aura of optimism, hope, and celebration. Indeed, presenters, performers, and...

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Here’s a full list of this year’s Carbonell nominees and winners

 Best New Work (play or musical) An Evening with John Wayne Gacy, Ronnie Larsen, Ronnie Larsen Presents/Infinite Abyss Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy, Billy Corben and Aurin Squire, Miami New Drama Grindr Mom, Ronnie Larsen, Ronnie Larsen Presents Ordinary Americans, Joseph McDonough,  Palm Beach Dramaworks Viva La Parranda!, Developed by Betsayda...

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Play finalists for Primus Prize focus on aftermath of violence

  By AARON KRAUSE How do we cope ahead in the aftermath of large-scale violence? A group of plays answer that question in ways that make the pieces stand out, said the chairwoman of a committee that recognizes the outstanding work of emerging female playwrights. From 2019, Ripe Frenzy, Benevolence,...

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Some of South Florida theater’s shining stars

        Barbara Bradshaw (Photo by Steve Anthony)   Kelley Shanley (Photo by Jason Nuttle)                             A theater production that a critic hailed as a “masterpiece,” a much-lauded performer, a nationally-renowned regional theater, and a performing arts...

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Ohio teens performing ‘The Crucible’ safely and in person

Photo courtesy of Toledo Repertoire Theatre Two cast members from Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s Young Rep group rehearse a scene in person and with social distancing in mind.   By AARON KRAUSE Several Toledo teenage thespians who are performing in person Arthur Miller’s classic, The Crucible, are viewing masks and social...

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