‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ is powerful theater at GableStage

‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ is powerful theater at GableStage

Photo by Magnus Stark Joan Didion (Sara Morsey) appears in a scene from The Year of Magical Thinking.   By AARON KRAUSE A mirrored floor is part of the minimal yet effective set in GableStage’s haunting production of the moving, one-character stage adaptation of writer Joan Didion’s powerful memoir, The...

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Miami New Drama’s ‘A Wonderful World’ is a show stopper

Miami New Drama’s ‘A Wonderful World’ is a show stopper

Photo by Ernesto Sempoll Juson Williams as Louis Armstrong and members of the cast of Miami New Drama’s “A Wonderful World.”   By AARON KRAUSE Sure, it feels good to be positive and optimistic. And it can be healthy emotionally. However, there are times that call for reality and balance....

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Boca Stage’s riveting ‘Warrior Class’ exposes the underbelly of political campaigns

Boca Stage’s riveting ‘Warrior Class’ exposes the underbelly of political campaigns

Photo by Amy Pasquantonio Political “fixer” Nathan Berkshire (Wayne LeGette) comforts assemblyman Julius Lee (Paul Wong) in Boca Stage’s production of Warrior Class.   By AARON KRAUSE Early on in Kenneth Lin’s fierce, fast-paced, at times humorous political drama, Warrior Class, a character explains how a particular restaurant makes a...

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‘Angela’s Ashes: The Musical’ delivers emotionally

‘Angela’s Ashes: The Musical’ delivers emotionally

Photo courtesy of the Pat Moylan production of Angela’s Ashes: The Musical. Frank (Eoin Cannon) exults during a scene toward the end of The Pat Moylan production of Angela’s Ashes: The Musical.   By AARON KRAUSE A story that is ripe with rich, raw, and real emotion is often a...

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Irish Repertory Theatre’s ‘George M. Cohan Tonight!’ is a hit

Irish Repertory Theatre’s ‘George M. Cohan Tonight!’ is a hit

Photo courtesy of Irish Repertory Theatre Jon Peterson appears as George M. Cohan in George M. Cohan tonight!   By AARON KRAUSE “Hello Broadway. Gee, you’re good to see. You look good to me,” theatrical legend George M. Cohan sings. Well, George, you sure do look and sound spry yourself,...

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

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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Perhaps you’ve never heard of this ‘Cowboy.’

Perhaps you’ve never heard of this ‘Cowboy.’

Photo courtesy of Christa Ingraham Theater artist Layon Gray directs and stars as deputy U.S. marshal Bass Reeves in M Ensemble’s Cowboy.   By AARON KRAUSE If I don’t tell the stories, who will? It’s not just a rhetorical question but an attitude through which multi award-winning theater artist Layon...

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Five plays are vying for top national award

Five plays are vying for top national award

    Five play finalists are in the running for a national prize which a theater critics group awards annually. Specifically, the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has narrowed down to five its list of potential winners of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award. The...

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Broadway sets re-opening date

Broadway sets re-opening date

    Broadway will officially re-open on Sept. 14 at 100 percent capacity, a little more than 18 months after its shutdown on March 12, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Broadway League recently announced the news. Also, Broadway officials said that ticket sales...

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‘Long Distance Affair’ is intimate, immersive theater

‘Long Distance Affair’ is intimate, immersive theater

    By AARON KRAUSE The young man had never ventured outside the U.S. That is, until recently, when he and others dropped by Segun Adefila’s home and arts center in Lagos, Nigeria. Adefila was deep in incantation. Nevertheless, he was thrilled to meet his visitors. The Nigerian welcomed them...

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