‘Intimate Apparel’ is a fine fit at Palm Beach Dramaworks

Jason Nuttle Photography George Armstrong (Jovon Jacobs) and Esther Mills Armstrong (Rita Cole) share an intimate moment in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ current production of Intimate Apparel.     By AARON KRAUSE The nonprofit, professional company, Palm Beach Dramaworks (PBD), has fashioned a fine production of Lynn Nottage’s award-winning play, Intimate...

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New touring ‘Hairspray’ is mostly a hit

Photo by Jeremy Daniel Tracy Turnblad (Niki Metcalf) and Edna Turnblad (Andrew Levitt) appear in a scene from a new non-equity national touring production of Hairspray.   By AARON KRAUSE Ever since Niki Metcalf witnessed the original 2002 Broadway production of the hit musical comedy, Hairspray, the young New York-based...

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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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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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‘A Bronx Tale’ shines in Ft. Myers

  Photo courtesy of Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Characters are in heavy concentration in Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre’s production of A Bronx Tale.     By AARON KRAUSE When it comes to musicals, A Bronx Tale is not one of the great ones. Still, it’s a crowd-pleasing, familiar tale populated...

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ICS’ ‘The Niceties’ neatly captures the zeitgeist

Photo by Matthew Tippins Zoe (Rachel Michelle Bryant) is clearly unhappy with her professor (Lisa Kay King) in Island City Stage’s production of The Niceties.   By AARON KRAUSE “What are you doing to promote equality?” a black college student demands of her white professor in Eleanor Burgess’s taut, intense,...

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Watch the world premieres of five short musicals

  Could the next Hamilton or Dear Evan Hansen emerge from a musical theater partnership in the Cleveland area? A collaboration between the Beck Center for the Arts and the Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Program has existed for 10 years. And this month, the collaborating partners will present five...

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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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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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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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