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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Union suggests no ‘stage-dooring’ once live performances resume

The areas around stage doors could look as deserted as the one above if theaters implement a union’s guideline prohibiting autograph seeking following live theater productions.     If you loved seeking autographs and taking backstage tours following stage productions, new safety guidelines may disappoint you. A theater union suggests...

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In unsettling times like these, ‘Hairspray’ is a balm…and a call to action

  Photo courtesy of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Tracy Turnblad (Adee David), center, introduces herself as the newest dancer on the “Corny Collins Show” in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s production of Hairspray. I saw and reviewed the production at the Indianapolis theater last fall.   By AARON KRAUSE My...

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‘It’s theater in your living room’ — and it’s live

      Photo by Brian Love Jason Weiss, founder and artistic director of No Pants Theatre Company.   By AARON KRAUSE “Shhhhhh! It’s about to start!,” someone commented in eager anticipation of No Pants Theatre Company’s production of Samuel Garza Bernstein’s drama, If You Are Reading This. Most likely,...

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Creating scenes of intimacy safely, seamlessly and convincingly on stage

  Photo by Kiaa Janell Spencer Landis as Usnavi and Lauren Horgan as Vanessa appear in a scene from Measure for Measure’s production of In the Heights. Obviously, the scene required a moment of intimacy, which Intimacy Choreographer Nicole Perry staged.   By AARON KRAUSE Even before the current strain...

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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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‘Race’ is vital, engrossing theater at Main Street Players

  (Photo by Dennis Lyzniak) Attorney Jack Lawson (Christopher Dreeson) is animated while making a point. Listening are his client, Charles Strickland (Brian McCormack), law assistant Susan (Trittney Huzzie) and law partner Henry Brown (Keith Oliver).    By AARON KRAUSE MIAMI LAKES – In Main Street Players’ riveting, unmissable mounting...

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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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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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Six new plays in running to receive prestigious prize

While the “Red Carpet,” glorious clothes and this year’s best movies grab much of the attention, it’s also time for highly promising new plays to receive their moment in the spotlight. With that said, a committee comprising critics has selected six finalists for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play...

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