PBD’s ‘The Cancellation of Lauren Fein’ is must-experience theater

Photo by Alicia Donelan (From left) Lindsey Corey, Diana Garle, Niki Fridh, Barbara Sloan (with gavel), and Karen Stephens in The Cancellation of Lauren Fein.    By AARON KRAUSE “We don’t need you to tell us about (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion). We live it,” the title character says in Christopher...

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PPTOPA’s ‘Barefoot in the Park’ delivers laughs

  Photo by Ron Pollock Stephen Keenan, Sara Grant, Christopher Dreeson and Francine Burns in PPTOPA’s Barefoot in the Park.   By AARON KRAUSE Imagine if everybody in the world married like-minded individuals. Perhaps divorces would become a thing of the past, conflicts between couples would cease, and complete harmony...

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‘The Prisoners’ is a powerful play at the Foundry

‘The Prisoners’ is a powerful play at the Foundry

Photo courtesy of Ronnie Larsen Presents Jeffrey Roach (front) plays Tim while Brandon Campbell (with beard) plays a prisoner named Justin. Jack Stein (back) plays multiple roles.   By AARON KRAUSE Ronnie Larsen’s riveting play, The Prisoners, is a strong piece that works on several levels. For starters, it’s a...

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‘The Berlin Diaries’ come to believable life at Theatre Lab

Photo by Morgan Sophia Photography Avi Hoffman and Niki Fridh are animated as they portray characters in The Berlin Diaries.   By AARON KRAUSE Playwright Andrea Stolowitz found lost relatives as she developed her autobiographical play, The Berlin Diaries. And now, while watching the funny and moving piece, you have...

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Small Miami theater company wins award, triumphs with its recent show

Small Miami theater company wins award, triumphs with its recent show

Photo by Juan Gamero Lola (Noellle Nicholas) dons a mask when Lauren becomes a camgirl at her home at night.   By AARON KRAUSE Face it: We humans are complex, mysterious, even frustrating beings. Indeed, we may exhibit contradictory traits (think “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”) And it can be...

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‘Little Montgomery’ to conclude New City Players’ current season

‘Little Montgomery’ to conclude New City Players’ current season

Photo courtesy of New City Players A struggle is in progress between Megan (Krystal Millie Valdes) and Rick Montgomery (Todd Bruno) in  New City Players’ upcoming production of Stephen Brown’s play, Little Montgomery.    You may have heard New City Players (NCP) present Stephen Brown’s play, Little Montgomery as a...

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‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks’ charms, touches at ArtBuzz Theatrics

‘Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks’ charms, touches at ArtBuzz Theatrics

Photo by Amy Mahon Lily Harrison (Lory Reyes) is clearly not pleased as Michael Minetti (Larry Buzzeo) is comically over-the-top.    By AARON KRAUSE Since its Los Angeles premiere and Broadway opening, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks has undergone translations into 14 languages and traversed the globe with productions...

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‘Tracy Jones’ is moving, funny at Island City Stage

‘Tracy Jones’ is moving, funny at Island City Stage

Photo by Matthew Tippins Cast members Sara Grant, Irene Adjan, and Niki Fridh act out a comical scene from Island City Stage’s production of Tracy Jones.     By AARON KRAUSE Comedy can be an effective tool for playwrights to deliver messages to audiences. Indeed, once we start at least...

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Main Street Players’ ‘Sweat’ sizzles

Main Street Players’ ‘Sweat’ sizzles

Photo by Olimac Media Clear tension exists between Brucie (Warren Welds) and his estranged wife, Cynthia (Chasity Hart) in Main Street Players’ production of Sweat.   By AARON KRAUSE “What the f–k is NAFTA? Sounds like a laxative,” a woman opines. She is speaking in Lynn Nottage’s explosive, wildly engrossing,...

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‘Refuge’ shines at Theatre Lab as rolling world premiere continues

‘Refuge’ shines at Theatre Lab as rolling world premiere continues

Photo by Morgan Sophia Photography Performers tell the story using a variety of techniques.   By AARON KRAUSE “I may be a wolf but I’m afraid all the time,” the wild animal tells us in the compelling new play, Refuge. He lives in “a state of fear even in my...

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