New City Players’ bleak ‘Macbeth’ reflects the zeitgeist

      Photo courtesy of New City Players Macbeth (Seth Trucks) makes a point to his wife, Lady Macbeth (Laura Plyler) in New City Players’ production of “The Scottish Play.”   By AARON KRAUSE FT. LAUDREDALE — If you ask most people, they may tell you that they’ve always...

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These ‘Men on Boats’ will win you over

Photo by Dennis Lyzniak Nobody said a group of explorers in 1869 had it easy. But they proved fiercely determined, as Jaclyn Backhaus’ play Men on Boats demonstrates in Main Street Players’ production.   By AARON KRAUSE MIAMI LAKES — Chances are, you won’t hear many people equate Jaclyn Backhaus’ play Men...

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Anastasia offers eye-popping visuals, soaring music and heartfelt emotion

      Photo by Matthew Murphy Anya (Lila Coogan) basks in the glow of lights in one of the stunningly vivid projections.   By AARON KRAUSE FT. LAUDERDALE — Dramamine is not one of the products for sale in the theater lobbies where the Broadway musical adaptation of Anastasia plays. But...

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Measure for Measure’s Murder Ballad captivates at Broward Center

  (Photo by Tall Glass Photography) Michael (Christopher Alvarez) and Sara (Sabrina Lynn Gore) appear in a scene from Measure for Measure Theatre’s production of Murder Ballad.    By AARON KRAUSE FT. LAUDERDALE — Every once in a while, you hear about a husband and wife who’ve experienced many decades...

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‘Indecent’ entertains and exercises minds at GableStage

(Photo by George Schiavone) Yekel (David Kwiat) deals harshly with his daughter, Rivkele (Hannah Benitez), while her mother (Irene Adjan) tries to restrain her husband. By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES, Fla. — “They say America is free? What do you know here is free?” The above line is from Paula...

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Brothers’ launch film company in a truly collaborative approach

      Here are the Davis brothers, from their respective websites. On the top is Andrew   By AARON KRAUSE South Florida siblings Andrew and Tim Davis’ creative collaboration began with a competitive streak in April 2011: The pair squared off in a hotly-contested staring competition, which Andrew filmed...

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Hello, indeed, to a devoted, dear Dolly!

Photo by Julieta Cervantes A graceful, thankful Dolly (Betty Buckley) takes in the loving atmosphere at the Harmonia Gardens Restaurant in the national equity tour of the most recent Tony-Award-winning Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!      By AARON KRAUSE MIAMI — The woman of the moment rises. She approaches us...

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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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Zoetic Stage’s ‘Fun Home’ is fun, funny, relevant and touching

Adult Alison (Anna Lise Jensen) and Bruce Bechdel (Nicholas Richberg) appear in a scene from Zoetic Stage’s production of Fun Home. MIAMI –The people who birthed us can seem the most familiar and foreign individuals…at the same time. But what if you could make better sense of this and more...

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Memphis is relevant, revitalizing at Slow Burn Theater

  Photo courtesy of Slow Burn Theater Company. Felicia (Khadijah Rolle) and Huey (Brian Golub) sing a duet in Slow Burn Theater Company’s production of Memphis. FT. LAUDERDALE –The lyrics resonate chillingly in the wake of the recent mass school shooting in South Florida, leaving 17 dead – and another...

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