‘Misery’ mesmerizes at Empire Stage

  Photo by Joseph Long Annie Wilkes (Elizabeth Price) tends to Paul Sheldon (David R. Gordon) in Empire Stage’s triumphant production of Misery.   By AARON KRAUSE The riveting stage adaptation of Stephen King’s 1987 suspenseful novel, Misery, grabs you in a vice-like grip and never lets go. Undoubtedly, you...

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‘Intimate Apparel’ is a fine fit at Palm Beach Dramaworks

Jason Nuttle Photography George Armstrong (Jovon Jacobs) and Esther Mills Armstrong (Rita Cole) share an intimate moment in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ current production of Intimate Apparel.     By AARON KRAUSE The nonprofit, professional company, Palm Beach Dramaworks (PBD), has fashioned a fine production of Lynn Nottage’s award-winning play, Intimate...

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Love is real — and surreal — in Almost, Maine

Photo by Tim Stepien Brandon Morris (left) and Niki Fridh play two of many characters who are dealing with love in John Cariani’s play, Almost, Maine.   By AARON KRAUSE It is frigid these days at Palm Beach Dramaworks (PBD). Therefore, frostbite is a distinct possibility in a part of...

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Approaching Anne Frank from another angle

Photo by Tim Stepien Amy Miller Brennan plays Miep Gies in the world premiere production of Michael McKeever’s play, The People Downstairs.   By AARON KRAUSE Whenever Palm Beach Dramaworks (PBD) Producing Artistic Director William Hayes read or watched Anne Frank’s story play out on stage or screen, he wondered...

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Frankenstein is a triumph at Miami’s Zoetic Stage

Photo by Justin Namon Gabriell Salgado shines as the creature in Zoetic Stage’s production of Frankenstein   By AARON KRAUSE During an age in which some folks are swatting away science as though it were a mosquito, it makes sense to revisit a story that strongly suggests that we cautiously...

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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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