ICS’ ‘The Niceties’ neatly captures the zeitgeist

Photo by Matthew Tippins Zoe (Rachel Michelle Bryant) is clearly unhappy with her professor (Lisa Kay King) in Island City Stage’s production of The Niceties.   By AARON KRAUSE “What are you doing to promote equality?” a black college student demands of her white professor in Eleanor Burgess’s taut, intense,...

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Playwright peels away ‘The Niceties’ from her piece

  “We spend so much of our time berating the far right for being racist,” Island City Stage (ICS) Associate Artistic Director Michael Leeds says. However, “we don’t often look to ourselves to see how we might be perpetuating the system. We’re always the ‘nice’ guys. But what happens when...

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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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Broadway in Ft. Lauderdale back in business by November

Broadway in Ft. Lauderdale at Broward Center for the Performing Arts will return to the stage this November. Specifically, the season will open on Nov. 3. That is when the musical hit Come From Away will land in Ft. Lauderdale for an 11-day run. The musical, about a Canadian town...

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Island City Stage offers ‘Compensation’ as its next production

      PHOTO BY MATT TIPPINS The cast of Island City Stage’s upcoming production of Compensation comprises (l-r) Stephen Kaiser, Gaby Tortoledo, and Israel Vinas.   When Island City Stage (ICS) Artistic Director Andy Rogow discovered a new piece titled Compensation, “I knew right away this was a play...

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Don your thinking caps for these theater programs

    By AARON KRAUSE An African American gravedigger who loves, resembles, and impersonates Abraham Lincoln. A therapy session called “Antebellum Sexual Performance Therapy.” These are among the topics, individuals, and situations within three “groundbreaking, thought-provoking plays” that Ft. Lauderdale-based Thinking Cap Theatre (TCT) will use for “Race on the...

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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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Thinking Cap Theatre’s upcoming shows reflect the present, honor history

FT. LAUDERDALE — This month, when Thinking Cap Theatre (TCT) mounts Samantha Mueller’s play, Laced, the effort will amount to more than a production. In fact, TCT’s leaders are calling the project a “Get-Out-The-Vote Theatre initiative.” “The play’s resonances with the disturbing state of the nation and the imminent election...

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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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Celebrating South Florida theater’s ‘Unsung Heroes’

The South Florida Theatre League has announced the winners of this year’s Remy Awards. They annually go to “the unsung heroes who provide outstanding service behind the scenes of the South Florida Theatre League Community.” This year, award recipients will receive them via livestream on Zoom and Facebook Live at...

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