Island City Stage offers ‘Compensation’ as its next production

      PHOTO BY MATT TIPPINS The cast of Island City Stage’s upcoming production of Compensation comprises (l-r) Stephen Kaiser, Gaby Tortoledo, and Israel Vinas.   When Island City Stage (ICS) Artistic Director Andy Rogow discovered a new piece titled Compensation, “I knew right away this was a play...

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Palm Beach Dramaworks to read from ‘A Christmas Carol’

      By AARON KRAUSE When Palm Beach Dramaworks (PBD) presents A Christmas Carol this year, the South Florida company will not stage one of the myriad adaptations available to theaters. Rather, performers will read from Dickens’ 1843 novella – just like the author read from his work. “No...

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Licensing rights available for trilingual ‘Our Town’

    Photo by Arnulfo Maldonado Keith Randolph Smith played the “Stage Manager” in Miami New Drama’s trilingual Our Town.     By AARON KRAUSE Three years after Miami New Drama premiered a trilingual version of Thornton Wilder’s classic play, Our Town, the adaptation’s script is available to perform and/or read....

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Thinking Cap Theatre’s ‘Laced’ will leave you hopeful for better days

  Thinking Cap Theatre Cat (played by Jordan Patriarca in Thinking Cap Theatre’s virtual production) thought wrong.   By AARON KRAUSE The owner of a gay bar “used to throw a mean right hook in the face of some homophobic mother—ers, that’s for sure,” a character says in Samantha Mueller’s...

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Nominations announced for 74th annual Tony Awards

  While we still do not know when the 2020 virtual Tony Awards broadcast will take place, we at least now know the nominees. The Tony Awards’ presenters, The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, announced the nominees on Thursday. Alanis Morissette’s musical, Jagged Little Pill, leads the way...

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Thinking Cap Theatre’s upcoming shows reflect the present, honor history

FT. LAUDERDALE — This month, when Thinking Cap Theatre (TCT) mounts Samantha Mueller’s play, Laced, the effort will amount to more than a production. In fact, TCT’s leaders are calling the project a “Get-Out-The-Vote Theatre initiative.” “The play’s resonances with the disturbing state of the nation and the imminent election...

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In the age of COVID, ‘The Humans’ is particularly timely

Photo courtesy of Olney Theatre Center Here is the Blake family. Pictured from left is Jonathan Raviv as Richard Saad, Dani Stoller as Brigid Blake, Kimberly Gilbert as Aimee Blake, Sherri L. Edelen as Deirdre Blake, Catie Flye as “Momo” Blake, and Mitchell Hebert as Erik Blake.   By AARON...

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Ohio teens performing ‘The Crucible’ safely and in person

Photo courtesy of Toledo Repertoire Theatre Two cast members from Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s Young Rep group rehearse a scene in person and with social distancing in mind.   By AARON KRAUSE Several Toledo teenage thespians who are performing in person Arthur Miller’s classic, The Crucible, are viewing masks and social...

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Watch ‘Hamilton’ from home — you read that right.

      By AARON KRAUSE Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother has arrived for many theater lovers. Surely, snagging a seat for a live performance of Hamilton has often seemed impossible. Indeed, exorbitant ticket prices and sold out performances nationwide have left many craving a ticket. But soon, witnessing the original Broadway...

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Artist and advocate during the AIDS crisis dies at 84

Larry Kramer Photo by David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons   Larry Kramer, a fiercely passionate playwright, screenwriter, and advocate whom many credited with jump-starting the response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in America, has died in Manhattan. He was 84 and less than a month from his 85th birthday. His husband,...

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