MNM’s ‘Closer Than Ever’ is creative, heartfelt

  Photo courtesy of MNM Theatre Company. Thanks to technology, actors are able to look as though they’re near each other, and even holding hands, in MNM’s Closer Than Ever.   By AARON KRAUSE The telling and timely stage picture appears at the end of West Palm Beach-based MNM Theatre...

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Theater company recording original 60’s musical as a radio series

      By AARON KRAUSE Giancarlo Rodaz was not a child of the 60’s. But Rodaz, who is in his mid-20’s, loves music from the era, and researched the decade. Further, he feels that musical theater could use more 1960’s shows. So, the versatile, visionary South Florida theater artist...

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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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Actors’ Playhouse presents scaled down, yet winning ‘Camelot’

  Photo courtesy Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Pictured here are the trio comprising the “love triangle” in Camelot. Appearing from left are Nick Fitzer as Lancelot, Britt Michael Gordon as King Arthur, and Kayleen Seidl as Guenevere.   By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Picture this: Community...

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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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‘Gifts’ focuses on the power of story during dark moments

Photo courtesy of Irish Repertory Theatre (From left) Marty Rea, as Tom, Sean McGinley as Larry, and Marie Mullen as Rose.   By AARON KRAUSE What are some “gifts” that you’ve brought to dark, anxiety-inducing times, places, or situations? Perhaps you smiled brightly while visiting a lonely, scared person forced...

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Actors’ Playhouse 29th Annual gala auction goes virtual

Courtesy of Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre Here is a photo collage of some of the stars that will perform.   Actors’ Playhouse’ starry annual major fundraiser will, for the first time, occur virtually this year  due to the pandemic. However, that is unlikely to dim the event’s wattage....

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Prominent lighting designer dies of cancer

  Howell Binkley One of Broadway’s most renowned lighting designers, a two-time Tony Award winner who also received nominations for many other awards, died on Friday. Howell Binkley was 64. He succumbed to lung cancer at a hospital in Jacksonville, N.C., his wife, Joyce Storey, confirmed on Facebook. Binkley’s designs...

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Zoetic Stage leads the way with 12 Carbonells

Photo by Justin Namon Here’s the cast of Zoetic Stage’s Sweeney Todd   By AARON KRAUSE South Florida’s “theater prom” on Monday night might have lacked the glitz and glamour of previous years. Still, the 44th Carbonell Awards carried an aura of optimism, hope, and celebration. Indeed, presenters, performers, and...

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Union suggests no ‘stage-dooring’ once live performances resume

The areas around stage doors could look as deserted as the one above if theaters implement a union’s guideline prohibiting autograph seeking following live theater productions.     If you loved seeking autographs and taking backstage tours following stage productions, new safety guidelines may disappoint you. A theater union suggests...

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