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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Giving Emily Dickinson life

Photo courtesy of Actors’ Playhouse and Palm Beach Dramaworks. Margery Lowe appears as Emily Dickinson in a co-production of The Belle of Amherst.      By AARON KRAUSE For the second time in less than three years, award-winning South Florida actress Margery Lowe will portray poet Emily Dickinson onstage. However,...

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Thirty-year Broadway star Rebecca Luker dies at 59.

  Photo by Alan Smason   Rebecca Luker, a much-praised Broadway actress and singer who earned three Tony Award nominations during her 30-year career, died on Wednesday, Dec. 23 in a Manhattan hospital. She was 59. Luker’s agent, Sarah Fargo, confirmed her death. The Broadway star announced in February that...

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Licensing rights available for trilingual ‘Our Town’

    Photo by Arnulfo Maldonado Keith Randolph Smith played the “Stage Manager” in Miami New Drama’s trilingual Our Town.     By AARON KRAUSE Three years after Miami New Drama premiered a trilingual version of Thornton Wilder’s classic play, Our Town, the adaptation’s script is available to perform and/or read....

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Versatile artist of the stage, screen dies

Edinburgh Theatre Festival Tony Tanner as Sergei Diaghliev in his one-man show. The Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominated director and choreographer for the original Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has died. Tony Tanner died on Sept. 8 in his Los...

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‘Gifts’ focuses on the power of story during dark moments

Photo courtesy of Irish Repertory Theatre (From left) Marty Rea, as Tom, Sean McGinley as Larry, and Marie Mullen as Rose.   By AARON KRAUSE What are some “gifts” that you’ve brought to dark, anxiety-inducing times, places, or situations? Perhaps you smiled brightly while visiting a lonely, scared person forced...

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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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Prominent lighting designer dies of cancer

  Howell Binkley One of Broadway’s most renowned lighting designers, a two-time Tony Award winner who also received nominations for many other awards, died on Friday. Howell Binkley was 64. He succumbed to lung cancer at a hospital in Jacksonville, N.C., his wife, Joyce Storey, confirmed on Facebook. Binkley’s designs...

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Ohio teens performing ‘The Crucible’ safely and in person

Photo courtesy of Toledo Repertoire Theatre Two cast members from Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s Young Rep group rehearse a scene in person and with social distancing in mind.   By AARON KRAUSE Several Toledo teenage thespians who are performing in person Arthur Miller’s classic, The Crucible, are viewing masks and social...

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