Main Street Players presents strong world premiere of intense ‘Wolf and Badger’

Photo courtesy of Olimac Media Landon (Brandon Hoffman, middle) tries to impart a message to his half-brother, Maddox (Joshua Lyons) as Landon’s ex-girlfriend, Ainsley (Melissa Bibliowicz) looks on disgustedly.   By AARON KRAUSE  Wolf and Badger, a taut, intense drama receiving a mostly strong world premiere production at the professional...

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Slow Burn’s new season starts in October

Songs for a New World, Kinky Boots, Once on this Island, Matilda, and Head Over Heels are the shows that comprise Slow Burn Theatre Company’s recently-announced 2021-22 season. Slow Burn’s Sparks, the company’s performance youth troupe, announced the season on video (to watch, visit https://www.facebook.com/Slowburntheatre/videos/329747035168733). “We are so excited to...

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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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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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In the age of COVID, ‘The Humans’ is particularly timely

Photo courtesy of Olney Theatre Center Here is the Blake family. Pictured from left is Jonathan Raviv as Richard Saad, Dani Stoller as Brigid Blake, Kimberly Gilbert as Aimee Blake, Sherri L. Edelen as Deirdre Blake, Catie Flye as “Momo” Blake, and Mitchell Hebert as Erik Blake.   By AARON...

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Obie winners include esteemed Black theater company

NBT founder Dr. Barbara Ann Teer     NBT Artistic Director Jonathan McCrory NBT CEO Sade Lythcott   One of the oldest Black theater companies in the country has received its first Obie Award. This is an honor recognizing excellence Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway. In fact, the Obie recognition came a...

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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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Artist and advocate during the AIDS crisis dies at 84

Larry Kramer Photo by David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons   Larry Kramer, a fiercely passionate playwright, screenwriter, and advocate whom many credited with jump-starting the response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in America, has died in Manhattan. He was 84 and less than a month from his 85th birthday. His husband,...

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‘Happy Days’ at Thinking Cap Theatre thanks to bravura production

    Photo by Nicole Stodard Despite Winnie’s odd situation, she finds reason to smile. In Thinking Cap Theatre’s production, Karen Stephens (pictured) plays the character.   By AARON KRAUSE FT. LAUDERDALE — A man with much physical difficulty tries to reach the love of his life. Naturally, she seems...

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Villainous Company’ rivets and unnerves at Primal Forces

Photo by Amy Pasquantonio Here are Rita Cole as Tracy, Anna Lise Jensen as Joanna and Elizabeth Price as Claire in a scene from Primal Forces’ production of Villainous Company.   By AARON KRAUSE BOCA RATON — Do you feel that no one is watching or listening to you when...

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