Come this Spring, enter Emily Dickinson in co-production

Photo courtesy of Actors’ Playhouse  Actors’ Playhouse and Palm Beach Dramaworks present The Belle of Amherst starring Margery Lowe.   By AARON KRAUSE Southeast Florida theater goers who have remained isolated during the pandemic might be able to particularly identify with Emily Dickinson when she visits the region this spring. A one-woman...

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Actors’ Playhouse to reopen for holiday show

  Photo by Alberto Romeu Actors’ Playhouse is welcoming audiences back for a stage musical adaptation of Madeline’s Christmas.   Actors Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre will welcome back audiences for a “festive treat for adults and children alike.” However, things will look different under the Coral Gables-based Actors’ Playhouse’...

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You may not have seen ‘A Christmas Carol’ like this one

Photo by Chris Whitaker Jefferson Mays, as Ebenezer Scrooge, appears in A Christmas Carol.    By AARON KRAUSE Theater came alive each holiday season in Tony Award-winning actor Jefferson Mays’ childhood home. Specifically, each year, his father would read aloud A Christmas Carol “with clarity and humanity,” as Mays recalls. Meanwhile,...

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A podcast series about yearning…and grand larceny

    The adventures of two 14-year-old girls as they plan to commit grand larceny against a country music star is the topic of a scripted podcast series which New City Players will present. The Ft. Lauderdale theater company, a not-for-profit ensemble company with a goal of creating community through...

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Famed actress Dame Diana Rigg dies of cancer

            (NBC via wikimedia commons) Diana Rigg Actress Dame Diana Rigg, a renowned English performer who played roles such as Emma Peel in The Avengers and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, has died at age 82.  In addition to these roles, the late stage...

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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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A shattering ‘Streetcar’ at Palm Beach Dramaworks

  Photo by Samantha Mighdoll Stanley Kowalski (Danny Gavigan) pleads with his wife, Stella (Annie Grier) to forgive him in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ stellar production of A Streetcar Named Desire.   By AARON KRAUSE WEST PALM BEACH — Brutal reality shatters sensitivity, fragility and illusion with the force of a monster...

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This is certain: Actors’ Playhouse’ ‘Doubt’ is a winner

    Photo by Alberto Romeu Sister Aloysius (Laura Turnbull) castigates Father Flynn (Terry Hardcastle) in Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre’s production of Doubt: A Parable.   By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES, Fla. — No doubt, sparks fly quickly and furiously in Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre’s combustible,...

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Documentary play about doomed flight is upsetting, yet empowering

  Photo by Michael Brosilow Actors portraying crew members of United Flight 232 demonstrate what went wrong with the doomed aircraft.   By AARON KRAUSE MIAMI — In the deeply unsettling, tragic, yet heartwarming, even life-affirming documentary play United Flight 232, plane crash survivor Clif Marshall speaks about the ordeal...

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Island City Stage’s From White Plains packs an emotional punch

    Photo by George Wentzler Ethan (Todd Bruno) and John (Alex Alvarez) live it up in Island City Stage’s production of From White Plains.    By AARON KRAUSE WILTON MANORS, Fla. — William Faulkner wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” And in a devastatingly honest...

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