Antonyo Awards winners announced

  By AARON KRAUSE “I never thought I would see something like this for us black theater performers,” someone wrote in the online comment section while watching the inaugural, virtually-presented Antonyo Awards. It celebrates the successes of black theater artists on Broadway and off-Broadway. Someone else commented that he/she was...

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Drama Desk Awards winners announced

      The winners are in for the 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards. This annual ceremony honors the best in Broadway, off and off-off-Broadway theater for the year that just passed. This year, the presentations took place virtually during a special presentation of Spectrum News NY1’s On Stage, hosted...

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Online exhibition showcases the lone artist, performer

Self Portrait in Barber Chair, 1989 © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. All rights reserved. www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.org     There is an art to being alone. And at least when it comes to the theater, few have captured that art on paper better than the legendary Al Hirschfeld. Hirschfeld (1903-2003) was an...

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Theater is continuing through the pandemic — just not live

While theater companies across the world have closed their doors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are offering people the chance to experience live theater virtually. The following is a roundup of offerings. Joan Rivers will appear in Suburban Ft. Lauderdale at 7 p.m. EST on Monday night,...

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Fund allows folks to support South Florida’s theater community

    By AARON KRAUSE If you wish to support unemployed local theater artists and others left jobless due to COVID-19, the South Florida Theatre League can help you help them. The league established The South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund. It will allow theater companies to compensate artists and...

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a winner at Lauderhill’s LPAC

    Photo by Carol Kassie Belle (Rebecca Rene Kelley) and the beast (James Arthur Douglas) dance with each other.   By AARON KRAUSE LAUDERHILL — With incidents of bullying and resultant suicides in the news, it’s an appropriate time to mount a production of Beauty and the Beast. Sure,...

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‘Happy Days’ at Thinking Cap Theatre thanks to bravura production

    Photo by Nicole Stodard Despite Winnie’s odd situation, she finds reason to smile. In Thinking Cap Theatre’s production, Karen Stephens (pictured) plays the character.   By AARON KRAUSE FT. LAUDERDALE — A man with much physical difficulty tries to reach the love of his life. Naturally, she seems...

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‘Aladdin’ still astonishes with visuals, while offering enough substance

  Photo by Deen van Meer The titular character (Jonah Ho’Okano) and Jasmine (Kaena Kekoa) share an intimate moment in a national equity touring production of Aladdin.   By AARON KRAUSE FT. LAUDERDALE — The musical Aladdin might transport us to a “whole new world,” but the show also presents...

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Powerful ‘American Son’ prevails at Zoetic Stage

Photo by Justin Namon A struggle breaks out between a father and a police officer in the riveting drama, American Son. Here, the officer, Paul Larkin (Ryan Didato) tries to restrain the dad, Scott Connor (Clive Cholerton). Flanking the strugglers are Scott’s ex, Kendra Ellis-Connor (Karen Stephens) and Lt. John...

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‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ sweet, not scrumptious

Photo by Jeremy Daniel Willy Wonka (Cody Garcia, far right) shows visitors his chocolate factory.   By AARON KRAUSE MIAMI — Remember Willy Wonka’s chewing gum? When it assumes a blueberry pie flavor, problems arise. Well, the stage musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is also problematic. To...

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