Dynamic ‘Memphis’ is a rousing hit at Actors’ Playhouse

Photo by Alberto Romeu Huey (Eddie Egan) and his mother (Margot Moreland) argue in a scene from Actors’ Playhouse’ production of Memphis: The Musical. By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES, Fla. — About a year ago, Ft. Lauderdale-based Slow Burn Theatre mounted a dynamic production of the highly-charged, Tony-winning musical, Memphis. Today,...

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‘Indecent’ entertains and exercises minds at GableStage

(Photo by George Schiavone) Yekel (David Kwiat) deals harshly with his daughter, Rivkele (Hannah Benitez), while her mother (Irene Adjan) tries to restrain her husband. By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES, Fla. — “They say America is free? What do you know here is free?” The above line is from Paula...

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‘Admissions’ is complex, yet compelling, relatable at GableStage

    Photo by George Schiavone Charlie (Joshua Hernandez, right) non-verbally expresses disgust with his father, Bill (Tom Wahl) in GableStage’s production of Admissions. By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES, Fla. — If you wanted to write a truly satiric, but apropos commercial for Joshua Harmon’s unapologetically satiric, scorching play, Admissions,...

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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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Area Stage Company’s vibrant ‘Cabaret’ speaks to our times, implicates us.

  (Photo by Giancarlo Rodaz) The flamboyant, charismatic Master of Ceremonies (Giorgio Volpe) interacts with the audience in Area Stage Company’s production of Cabaret. By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES — Without warning, a group of Nazi flag-waving activists march down the aisle of the audience seating area, fervently singing the anthem...

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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. By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES, Fla. — It’s too bad Max Bialystock didn’t attend a backers’ audition for the latest proposed musical. Certainly,...

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GableStage’s riveting ‘I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard’ is a hit

  (Photo by George Schiavone) David (Tom Aulino) seems more interested in his booze than his daughter, Ella, in GableStage’s production of I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard. CORAL GABLES, Fla.  — Our desire for affirmation that others value us is sometimes as strong as our hydration needs on...

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Minimalism means more in Area Stage Company’s Shrek

    (Photo courtesy of Area Stage Company) Shrek (Ryan Bauta) gives fair warning to anyone daring to enter his territory. CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Can audience members believe in a world onstage even if the theatrical magic is simple and visible? After witnessing Area Stage Company’s (ASC) exhilarating production...

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Million Dollar Quartet proves priceless — again — at Actors’ Playhosue

  (Photo by Alberto Romeu) The cast of Actors’ Playhouse production of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ jams it out during a much-anticipated return engagement of the musical. CORAL GABLES, Fla. — So…what do Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis have in store for an encore in Actors’ Playhouse...

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Hop on this emotional, heartfelt and humorous ‘Ride’

Photo courtesy of Area Stage Company Abigail Baldwin, Kate Markus and Jackeline Gonzalez appear in a scene from Area Stage Company’s production of Eric Lane’s Ride. CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Stories about a long journey allow the playwright to focus not only on the physical trek but to metaphorically suggest...

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