Controversial ‘Bent’ is a cautionary play for our times

  Warning: This play contains brief nudity, disturbing images, and subject matter. Photo by Preston Bircher Max (Matthew Salas) tries to get a point across to Rudy (Ben Shaevitz) in a co-production of the historical play, “Bent.”   By AARON KRAUSE If Martin Sherman’s moving and disturbing, at times implausible...

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‘The People Downstairs’ receive much-deserved recognition at Dramaworks

Photo by Alicia Donelan Photography Henk (Bruce Linser) and Miep (Amy Miller Brennan) comfort each other during a scene from Palm Beach Dramaworks’ world premiere production of  The People Downstairs.   By AARON KRAUSE If you knew him, you may not have wanted to invite Mr. Visser to your house....

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Approaching Anne Frank from another angle

Photo by Tim Stepien Amy Miller Brennan plays Miep Gies in the world premiere production of Michael McKeever’s play, The People Downstairs.   By AARON KRAUSE Whenever Palm Beach Dramaworks (PBD) Producing Artistic Director William Hayes read or watched Anne Frank’s story play out on stage or screen, he wondered...

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‘Wiesenthal’ is a winner at GableStage

Photo by George Schiavone Simon Wiesenthal (David Kwiat) takes some time to reflect in the one-character play, Wiesenthal.   By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES — An admirable quality of one-person plays is their ability to establish an especially intimate connection between the audience and the character. Such a bond can...

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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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See The Sound of Music from a different perspective with Radicalization of Rolfe

Photo credited to Wentzler Photography Herr Zeller (Michael Kehr, standing), shows tough love toward Rolfe Gruber (Jordan Armstrong) in The Radicalization of Rolfe. WILTON MANORS, Fla. — In a way, The Radicalization of Rolfe is to The Sound of Music as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is to Hamlet. Consider:...

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Touching bioplay relates a part of ‘Dr. Ruth’ we might not know

  Photo courtesy of GableStage.   CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Chances are, you won’t have the opportunity to visit renown sex therapist Ruth Westheimer (“Dr. Ruth”) in her New York home. The next best thing awaits you through Dec. 24 at suburban Miami’s GableStage. That is where the media personality will...

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