New touring ‘Hairspray’ is mostly a hit

Photo by Jeremy Daniel Tracy Turnblad (Niki Metcalf) and Edna Turnblad (Andrew Levitt) appear in a scene from a new non-equity national touring production of Hairspray.   By AARON KRAUSE Ever since Niki Metcalf witnessed the original 2002 Broadway production of the hit musical comedy, Hairspray, the young New York-based...

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‘Middletown’ offers a thoroughly satisfying emotional experience

Photo by Alberto Romeu Cast members act out an upbeat moment from Middletown: The Ride of Your Life! by Dan Clancy. Pictured from left are Adrian Zmed as Tom, Didi Conn as Peg, Loretta Swit as Dotty, and Donny Most as Don.   By AARON KRAUSE As a playwright, you...

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New City Players’ ‘Lungs’ is eye-opening

Photo by Ryan Arnst Marlo Rodriguez and Denzel McCausland appear in one of the more upbeat scenes in Lungs   By AARON KRAUSE In Duncan Macmillan’s devastating drama, Lungs, a woman and her lover’s decision to have a kid could come with dire consequences. Let her explain. “I could fly...

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‘A Special Day’ awaits you at Miami New Drama

  Photo courtesy of Miami New Drama Ana Graham and Antonio Vega appear in A Special Day.   By AARON KRAUSE What better way to mark the return of live, in-person theater than to celebrate the major role an audience’s imagination plays in this unique art form? In fact, the...

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Main Street Players presents strong world premiere of intense ‘Wolf and Badger’

Photo courtesy of Olimac Media Landon (Brandon Hoffman, middle) tries to impart a message to his half-brother, Maddox (Joshua Lyons) as Landon’s ex-girlfriend, Ainsley (Melissa Bibliowicz) looks on disgustedly.   By AARON KRAUSE  Wolf and Badger, a taut, intense drama receiving a mostly strong world premiere production at the professional...

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‘A Bronx Tale’ shines in Ft. Myers

  Photo courtesy of Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Characters are in heavy concentration in Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre’s production of A Bronx Tale.     By AARON KRAUSE When it comes to musicals, A Bronx Tale is not one of the great ones. Still, it’s a crowd-pleasing, familiar tale populated...

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ICS’ ‘The Niceties’ neatly captures the zeitgeist

Photo by Matthew Tippins Zoe (Rachel Michelle Bryant) is clearly unhappy with her professor (Lisa Kay King) in Island City Stage’s production of The Niceties.   By AARON KRAUSE “What are you doing to promote equality?” a black college student demands of her white professor in Eleanor Burgess’s taut, intense,...

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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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Everyone’s favorite ogre to rise again at Area Stage Company

Photo courtesy of Area Stage Company In the 2018 production, Shrek (Ryan Bauta) gives fair warning to anyone daring to enter his territory   By AARON KRAUSE It really isn’t easy being green. In fact, in the fictional world, such characters as Wicked’s Elphaba, Jim Henson’s Kermit the Frog, and...

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Forget Alexa; “Sounds of Broadway” likely plays the theater song you wish to hear

  Photo from www.soundsofbroadway.com Stuart Brown has no shortage of material when it comes to musical theater     By AARON KRAUSE If people listening to the online radio station “Sounds of Broadway” wanted to hear songs from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, they were in luck. Although the legendary 1976 Broadway...

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