‘Dorothy’s Dictionary’ is a new, moving piece of live theater

    Photo by Morgan Sophia Photography Dorothy (Karen Stephens) and Zan (Elijah Moseley) sample some of Zan’s favorite music in the world premiere production of E.M. Lewis’s comic-drama, Dorothy’s Dictionary.   By AARON KRAUSE During a time when censorship is happening too often, it is heartening to discover life-affirming...

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‘4000 Miles’ nourishes the soul at PBD

Photo by Alicia Donelan Leo Joseph-Connell (Gabriell Salgado) and Vera Joseph (Patricia Conolly) share a moment in Palm Beach Dramawork’s production of 4000 Miles.   By AARON KRAUSE In the musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck and runaway slave, Jim, use distance as a metaphor to describe the...

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‘Misery’ mesmerizes at Empire Stage

  Photo by Joseph Long Annie Wilkes (Elizabeth Price) tends to Paul Sheldon (David R. Gordon) in Empire Stage’s triumphant production of Misery.   By AARON KRAUSE The riveting stage adaptation of Stephen King’s 1987 suspenseful novel, Misery, grabs you in a vice-like grip and never lets go. Undoubtedly, you...

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Palm Beach Dramaworks to open season with Pulitzer finalist

Photo by Tim Stepien Gabriell Salgado and Trish Connolly will star as a grandson and grandmother in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ upcoming production of 4000 Miles.   By AARON KRAUSE After a doctor diagnosed his grandmother with dementia, Gabriell Salgado did not want to visit her. While he still loved her,...

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Ronnie Larsen’s ‘The Actors’ is suitable for almost all ages

Photo by Jeff Walters “Actor Jay” (Chad Raven) prepares to blow out his birthday candles during a scene from Ronnie Larsen’s comedy-drama The Actors. Pictured from left to right are “Actor Jay,” Jean (Jeni Hacker), Clarence (David Kwiat), and Larsen.     By AARON KRAUSE Many people know versatile live...

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Island City Stage’s ‘One in Two’ is eye-opening

Photo by Matthew Tippins The cast of Island City Stage’s production of “One in Two” prepares to face the audience.   By AARON KRAUSE The last show that Island City Stage (ICS) mounted elicited plenty of laughs. After all, the play was the hilarious 1984 spoof, The Mystery of Irma...

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‘Educating Asher’ is an emotionally-satisfying new play

Photo by Carol Kassie The ghost of Elliot Weiss (Murphy Hayes) tries to express himself but Asher (Eytan Deray) is having none of it.    By AARON KRAUSE If you were blessed with an Elliott Weiss in your life, Educating Asher, a heartfelt and humorous new play, will touch you...

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New play about veteran actor has potential

Photo by Magnus Stark Ruben Rabasa appears as himself in the world premiere of Rubenology: The Making of An American Legend.   By AARON KRAUSE Rubenology: The Making of An American Legend is a new one-person play whose title suggests a journey or process. Actually, the piece itself has a...

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Actors’ Playhouse handles Hank Williams bio-musical with care

Photo by Alberto Romeu Hank Williams (Andy Christopher, center) happily plays and sings. Flanking him are Chaz Rose (left) as Tee-Tot and Lindsey Corey as Audrey Williams.   By AARON KRAUSE For much of the run of Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre’s spirited and believable production of the stirring,...

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‘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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