Lowe shines as poet in ‘The Belle of Amherst’

  Photo courtesy Palm Beach Dramaworks and Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Award-winning actor Margery Lowe shines as Emily Dickinson in ‘The Belle of Amherst.’   By AARON KRAUSE If you search Emily Dickinson on Google, one of the photos you’ll find is that of an austere-looking woman dressed...

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‘Compensation’ is a compelling, timely new play

Photo by Matthew Tippins Tara (Gaby Tortoledo), Gabriel (Stephen Kaiser), and Elliot (Israel Vinas) are engaged in conversation in Island City Stage’s world premiere production of Compensation.   By AARON KRAUSE If you couldn’t have children the conventional way, how far would you go to form and raise a family...

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‘Long Distance Affair’ is intimate, immersive theater

    By AARON KRAUSE The young man had never ventured outside the U.S. That is, until recently, when he and others dropped by Segun Adefila’s home and arts center in Lagos, Nigeria. Adefila was deep in incantation. Nevertheless, he was thrilled to meet his visitors. The Nigerian welcomed them...

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Watch the world premieres of five short musicals

  Could the next Hamilton or Dear Evan Hansen emerge from a musical theater partnership in the Cleveland area? A collaboration between the Beck Center for the Arts and the Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Program has existed for 10 years. And this month, the collaborating partners will present five...

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‘A Class Act’ shines at The Garden Theatre near Orlando

  Photo courtesy of Steven Miller Photography Edward Kleban (Sean Powell) is the center of attention in a scene from The Garden Theatre’s current production of A Class Act.   By AARON KRAUSE When you’re feeling down about yourself, it can be comforting to learn that somebody who achieved a...

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Area Stage’s revived ‘Shrek’ is equally magical

            Photo by John Rodaz Members of a fictional theatrical troupe prepare to act in a production of Shrek The Musical in Area Stage Company’s revival of its hit 2018 production.   By AARON KRAUSE Two southeast Florida theater companies are demonstrating how quality, live,...

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MNM’s ‘Closer Than Ever’ is creative, heartfelt

  Photo courtesy of MNM Theatre Company. Thanks to technology, actors are able to look as though they’re near each other, and even holding hands, in MNM’s Closer Than Ever.   By AARON KRAUSE The telling and timely stage picture appears at the end of West Palm Beach-based MNM Theatre...

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Theater company recording original 60’s musical as a radio series

      By AARON KRAUSE Giancarlo Rodaz was not a child of the 60’s. But Rodaz, who is in his mid-20’s, loves music from the era, and researched the decade. Further, he feels that musical theater could use more 1960’s shows. So, the versatile, visionary South Florida theater artist...

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Thinking Cap Theatre’s ‘Laced’ will leave you hopeful for better days

  Thinking Cap Theatre Cat (played by Jordan Patriarca in Thinking Cap Theatre’s virtual production) thought wrong.   By AARON KRAUSE The owner of a gay bar “used to throw a mean right hook in the face of some homophobic mother—ers, that’s for sure,” a character says in Samantha Mueller’s...

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Actors’ Playhouse presents scaled down, yet winning ‘Camelot’

  Photo courtesy Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Pictured here are the trio comprising the “love triangle” in Camelot. Appearing from left are Nick Fitzer as Lancelot, Britt Michael Gordon as King Arthur, and Kayleen Seidl as Guenevere.   By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Picture this: Community...

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