New musical has promise, but flaws hamper it

Photo courtesy of Ronnie Larsen Presents Daniel #1 (Cody Jenkins) snuggles up with Greg #1 (Conor Walton) in the world premiere production of Now & Then.   WILTON MANORS, Fla. — Time flashes years forward and backward in sometimes sunny beams of hope and love, but also darker hues of...

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A darker Oliver! is still tuneful, hopeful, compelling at Goodspeed Opera House

  Photo by Diane Sobolewski The Artful Dodger (Gavin Swartz) takes Oliver (Elijah Rayman) under his wing in Goodspeed Musicals production of Oliver!   By AARON KRAUSE EAST HADDAM, Conn. — Goodspeed Musicals’ impressive production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! isn’t shrouded in darkness and dismay. But, make no mistake: This mounting...

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‘The Gay Naked Play’ is a fun-filled experience at The Foundry

Photo courtesy of Ronnie Larsen presents The cast of The Gay Naked Play clowns around. By AARON KRAUSE WILTON MANORS, Fla. — Sometimes, filling theater seats can be as painful as pregnancy contractions. Just ask expectant mom Amanda. She’s an actress in the off-off-off-off Broadway south Florida theatrical company The...

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GableStage’s ‘White Guy on the Bus’ is a necessary ride

Photo by George Schiavone Ray (Tom Wahl) makes a point to Shatique, who reacts with disgust in GableStage’s production of White Guy on the Bus.   By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES, Fla. — You might hear yourself talk about race when you listen to Molly, a fictional character in a...

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New City Players offers touching ‘Constellations’

Photo by Ryan Arnst Marianne (Jessica Schulte) and Roland (Jordon Armstrong) share a moment in New City Players’ production of Constellations. By AARON KRAUSE FT. LAUDERDALE — Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. Or perhaps, at the same time, Hillary Clinton bested her Republican challenger in the popular vote...

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Updated ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ is still amusing, touching at MNM Theatre Co.

Photo by Jacek Photo (From left) Clay Cartland, Heather Kopp, Anna Lise Jensen and Michael Scott Ross appear in a scene from I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”   WEST PALM BEACH — People love It. Perhaps, some think it’s perfect. But librettist/lyricist Joe DiPietro has changed part of...

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Actors’ Playhouse ends season with a much-anticipated, strong ‘Bang’

  Photo by Alberto Romeu Ken Clement and Nick Santa Maria star in The Big Bang, now through Sept. 2 at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre.   CORAL GABLES, Fla. — It’s too bad Max Bialystock didn’t attend a backers’ audition for the latest proposed musical. Certainly, he’d be...

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Feisty women power on display in Main Street Players’ ‘Five Women Wearing the Same Dress’

Photo by Dennis Lyzniak Tripp (Kevin Rubi) gets himself into what he feels is the best position to snap the perfect photograph of the reluctant bridesmaids in Main Street Players’ production of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.   MIAMI LAKES — Five Women Wearing the Same Dress may not be the...

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Amid the remote Wisconsin countryside, a hidden theatrical gem beckons

Photo by Liz Lauren Billie Dawn (Colleen Madden) resists attempts by Harry Brock (David Daniel) to control her in American Players Theatre’s production of Born Yesterday.   SPRING GREEN, Wisc. — It’s tucked away amid 110 acres of hilly woods and meadows near this town of about 1,600 in southwest...

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The Big D is touching, rowdy in world-premiere production of new play at the Abyss Theater

  (Photo courtesy of Ronnie Larsen) Chuck (Grant Tambellini) and Todd (Gabriel Andrade) appear in a scene from the world premiere production of Michael Mizerany’s The Big D. WILTON MANORS, Fla. — For all the raunchy scenes in Michael Mizerany’s new play The Big D, the message at the weepy...

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