The Wick’s ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ bewitches

The Wick’s ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ bewitches

Photo by Amy Pasquantonio Albert Peterson (Jeremy Benton) and Rose Alvarez (Leah Sessa) share a moment.   By AARON KRAUSE Witnessing The Wick Theatre & Museum Club’s current winning production of Bye Bye Birdie is the next best thing to traveling back to the 1950s in a time machine. No...

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‘The Berlin Diaries’ come to believable life at Theatre Lab

Photo by Morgan Sophia Photography Avi Hoffman and Niki Fridh are animated as they portray characters in The Berlin Diaries.   By AARON KRAUSE Playwright Andrea Stolowitz found lost relatives as she developed her autobiographical play, The Berlin Diaries. And now, while watching the funny and moving piece, you have...

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The Wick’s stirring ‘I Love a Piano’ will make you nostalgic

The Wick’s stirring ‘I Love a Piano’ will make you nostalgic

Photo by Amy Pasquantonio Cast members perform while surrounding the titular piano.    By AARON KRAUSE If America’s favorite Little Orphan Annie were a real person, you couldn’t help but believe that the vibrant red-headed young girl would have befriended composer-lyricist Irving Berlin (1888-1989). And vice versa. Surely their shared...

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Once again, ‘Annie’ wins us over

Once again, ‘Annie’ wins us over

Photo by Matthew Murphy Here are Annie and Daddy Warbucks during one of the musical’s brightest moments.   By AARON KRAUSE In the irresistible, new, non-equity national touring production of Annie, the orphans circle Miss Hannigan like vultures. Then, they unload garbage on her as though she were a dump....

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An impressive South Florida co-production offers a peek into ‘Sordid Lives’

An impressive South Florida co-production offers a peek into ‘Sordid Lives’

Photo courtesy of ArtBuzz Theatrics and Empire Stage The women of Sordid Lives are eccentric yet well-meaning.    By AARON KRAUSE In a scene from the hilarious and moving hit play, Sordid Lives, a small-town Texas therapist in 1998 tries to “dehomosexualize” a gay male transvestite. The scene, which may...

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Boca Stage relocates

Boca Stage relocates

  Photo by Amy Pasquantonio Political “fixer” Nathan Berkshire (Wayne LeGette) comforts assemblyman Julius Lee (Paul Wong) in Boca Stage’s recent production of Warrior Class at Boca Raton’s Sol Theatre. Now, Boca Stage will mount its shows at the larger Delray Beach Playhouse.   By AARON KRAUSE Boca Stage has a...

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‘Little Montgomery’ to conclude New City Players’ current season

‘Little Montgomery’ to conclude New City Players’ current season

Photo courtesy of New City Players A struggle is in progress between Megan (Krystal Millie Valdes) and Rick Montgomery (Todd Bruno) in  New City Players’ upcoming production of Stephen Brown’s play, Little Montgomery.    You may have heard New City Players (NCP) present Stephen Brown’s play, Little Montgomery as a...

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‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks’ charms, touches at ArtBuzz Theatrics

‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks’ charms, touches at ArtBuzz Theatrics

Photo by Amy Mahon Lily Harrison (Lory Reyes) is clearly not pleased as Michael Minetti (Larry Buzzeo) is comically over-the-top.    By AARON KRAUSE Since its Los Angeles premiere and Broadway opening, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks has undergone translations into 14 languages and traversed the globe with productions...

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‘Tracy Jones’ is moving, funny at Island City Stage

‘Tracy Jones’ is moving, funny at Island City Stage

Photo by Matthew Tippins Cast members Sara Grant, Irene Adjan, and Niki Fridh act out a comical scene from Island City Stage’s production of Tracy Jones.     By AARON KRAUSE Comedy can be an effective tool for playwrights to deliver messages to audiences. Indeed, once we start at least...

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Main Street Players’ ‘Sweat’ sizzles

Main Street Players’ ‘Sweat’ sizzles

Photo by Olimac Media Clear tension exists between Brucie (Warren Welds) and his estranged wife, Cynthia (Chasity Hart) in Main Street Players’ production of Sweat.   By AARON KRAUSE “What the f–k is NAFTA? Sounds like a laxative,” a woman opines. She is speaking in Lynn Nottage’s explosive, wildly engrossing,...

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