Miami New Drama’s ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ honored nationally

Photo courtesy of Ernesto Sempoll Mia Matthews and Gerald McCullouch play sparring siblings in All I Want is Everything, part of Miami New Drama’s Seven Deadly Sins.   By AARON KRAUSE A creative, outdoor production that the nonprofit, professional company, Miami New Drama conceived and produced late last year while keeping audiences...

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Island City Stage audiences to see Bright Colors and Bold Patterns

  By AARON KRAUSE After producing a couple of timely, thought-provoking plays, Island City Stage (ICS) will wrap up its 9th season with a much lighter piece. Specifically, the Wilton Manors professional, nonprofit company will sport Bright Colors and Bold Patterns from June 4-29. ICS has added mask optional in-theater...

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Have a whale of a time with this Irish theater festival

  If you haven’t seen all nine original digital productions that the Irish Repertory Theatre (IRT) created during the COVID-19 shutdown, you’re in luck. That’s because the New York City-based theater company will show all nine productions for its Theatre @ Home Winter Festival. It will start on Jan. 26...

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Don your thinking caps for these theater programs

    By AARON KRAUSE An African American gravedigger who loves, resembles, and impersonates Abraham Lincoln. A therapy session called “Antebellum Sexual Performance Therapy.” These are among the topics, individuals, and situations within three “groundbreaking, thought-provoking plays” that Ft. Lauderdale-based Thinking Cap Theatre (TCT) will use for “Race on the...

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Celebrating top ‘Shorts’

And the winner is — Webster’s Bitch. More specifically, it is the winning short play in Miami-based City Theatre’s annual National Short Playwrighting Contest. City Theatre staff chose Webster’s Bitch, and 24 finalists, from more than 750 writers. “The list comprises playwrights new to the company, alongside several writers who...

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Prize-winning play focuses on women’s strength and resilience

  Stephanie Alison Walker   By AARON KRAUSE The 2019 winner of a national award recognizing an emerging female playwright penned a piece about “the strength and resilience of women,” in the author’s words. The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has honored Stephanie Alison Walker with the Francesca Primus Prize....

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Play finalists for Primus Prize focus on aftermath of violence

  By AARON KRAUSE How do we cope ahead in the aftermath of large-scale violence? A group of plays answer that question in ways that make the pieces stand out, said the chairwoman of a committee that recognizes the outstanding work of emerging female playwrights. From 2019, Ripe Frenzy, Benevolence,...

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In unsettling times like these, ‘Hairspray’ is a balm…and a call to action

  Photo courtesy of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Tracy Turnblad (Adee David), center, introduces herself as the newest dancer on the “Corny Collins Show” in Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s production of Hairspray. I saw and reviewed the production at the Indianapolis theater last fall.   By AARON KRAUSE My...

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National award-winning play shows “How the Light Gets In.”

  By AARON KRAUSE “It’s about finding the courage to reach each other during the darkest and most difficult times,” said the winner of a national new play award for her piece, How the Light Gets In. From her description, it sounds like playwright E.M. Lewis penned her award-winning play...

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Which new plays will receive top national awards?

By AARON KRAUSE Six finalists for a prestigious national new play award share in common at least one timely theme, according to a new plays committee chairman. Specifically, The American Theatre Critics Association’s Lou Harry said that “a yearning for connectivity — and astute awareness of the challenges to forging...

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