Island City Stage’s ‘The Twentieth Century Way’ proves fun, relevant in 2021

Photo courtesy of Island City Stage Clay Cartland (left) and Alfonso Vieites get intimate in Island City Stage’s production of The Twentieth Century Way.   By AARON KRAUSE “I want the truth,” a character says in Tom Jacobson’s highly theatrical play, The Twentieth Century Way. Without a doubt, Jacobson believes...

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‘Shakespeare is a White Supremacist’ a timely wake-up call

  Photo courtesy of Olimac Media Actress (Erin Christine Wilbanks) and Macbeth (Roderick Randle) act out a tense moment.    By AARON KRAUSE In his eye-opening, smart, incisive, and drily funny new play, Shakespeare is a White Supremacist, Andrew Watring doesn’t mince words while describing the problem live theater, and...

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‘A Special Day’ awaits you at Miami New Drama

  Photo courtesy of Miami New Drama Ana Graham and Antonio Vega appear in A Special Day.   By AARON KRAUSE What better way to mark the return of live, in-person theater than to celebrate the major role an audience’s imagination plays in this unique art form? In fact, the...

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A different kind of self portrait

Hammond Photo by Morgan Sophia Photography Jess the Mastodon and her human friends coexist in Rachel Teagle’s new play, The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons.   By AARON KRAUSE Jim Hammond’s “self-portrait” doesn’t quite resemble him. After all, the work of art stands about nine-and-a-half-feet tall. And it measures roughly 12-feet long...

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A Mastodon not easily forgotten

Photo by Morgan Sophia Photography Jess the Mastodon and her human friends coexist in Rachel Teagle’s new play, The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons.   By AARON KRAUSE Our roughly nine-and-a-half-foot tall heroine lumbers across the stage. Then, she settles into a chair in a vocational advisor’s office. Not long after,...

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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’

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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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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Sparks fly in New Normal Rep’s riveting ‘Lines in the Dust’

  © New Normal Rep The cast of New Normal Rep’s production of Lines in the Dust comprises (from left) Lisa Rosetta Strum as Dr. Beverly Long, Melissa Joyner as Denitra Morgan, and Jeffrey Bean as Mike DiMaggio.   By AARON KRAUSE All Denitra Morgan wants is for her daughter,...

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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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