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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MNM Theatre Co. to bring audiences ‘Closer Than Ever’

    By AARON KRAUSE “Since we haven’t been together for a long time, we knew it was time to be Closer Than Ever,” said MNM Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director and CEO Marcie Gorman. “Just the name of this show seemed to be a perfect fit for these times.”...

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In the age of COVID, ‘The Humans’ is particularly timely

Photo courtesy of Olney Theatre Center Here is the Blake family. Pictured from left is Jonathan Raviv as Richard Saad, Dani Stoller as Brigid Blake, Kimberly Gilbert as Aimee Blake, Sherri L. Edelen as Deirdre Blake, Catie Flye as “Momo” Blake, and Mitchell Hebert as Erik Blake.   By AARON...

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Island City Stage in Wilton Manors announces hybrid season

      By AARON KRAUSE Island City Stage’s upcoming season will feature both live and virtual productions. Artistic Director Andy Rogow said that responses from a recent survey of patrons informed this decision. Specifically, a “portion” of respondents indicated they are ready to return to the theater. At the...

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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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