Critics group bestows thousands of dollars in new play awards

  A national theater critics organization has presented more than $40,000 in awards to four playwrights to recognize their prestigious accomplishments. The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) presented Chiara Atik with the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award for one of her plays, Poor Clare. The...

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MNM’s ‘Sister Act’ is heavenly

Photo by Amy Pasquantonio The cast of Sister Act is divine.   By AARON KRAUSE While you might not rush to buy the cast recording, the stage musical adaptation of the hit 1992 film, Sister Act, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith, nevertheless succeeds. For instance, the live show features...

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What does ‘Thank you for your service’ really mean?

  Live theater is a tool for change, empathy, learning, understanding, connection, and more. With that in mind, it is not surprising that a national group is using live theater to bridge the gap of understanding between ordinary Americans and veterans. Specifically, at six cities across the country, the Atlantic...

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Her Honor, Jayne Byrne receives top national play award

    By AARON KRAUSE Nicole Brooks describes herself as a playwright who “likes to shove a lot of words into their text.” But recently, Brooks found herself at a loss for words. That’s because Brooks was giving her acceptance speech after winning the 2021 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre...

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Documentary play about doomed flight is upsetting, yet empowering

  Photo by Michael Brosilow Actors portraying crew members of United Flight 232 demonstrate what went wrong with the doomed aircraft.   By AARON KRAUSE MIAMI — In the deeply unsettling, tragic, yet heartwarming, even life-affirming documentary play United Flight 232, plane crash survivor Clif Marshall speaks about the ordeal...

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Head of new South Florida theater company hopes to produce experimental work

  Thomas Bazar (Photo by Isabel Bazar)   By AARON KRAUSE DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Like any artistic head of a theater company, Thomas Bazar wants his new troupe, A Band of Actors, to become “more vibrant, more visible.” But it did not take long for the organization, one of...

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