‘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 Messenger’ is must-experience theater at Palm Beach Dramaworks

‘The Messenger’ is must-experience theater at Palm Beach Dramaworks

Photo by Alicia J. Donelan Angela Gulner, Gracie Winchester, Margery Lowe, and Annie Fang appear in a scene from The Messenger at Palm Beach Dramaworks.     By AARON KRAUSE Jenny Connell Davis’s vital new play, The Messenger may be the most important piece of live theater that you experience in...

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Modern version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ shines at New City Players

Modern version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ shines at New City Players

Photo courtesy of New City Players Carlos Alayeto (Filmore/Scrooge) recites his lines while Pat Williams (Gustavo Garcia) keeps his place in the script.   By AARON KRAUSE While countless versions of A Christmas Carol exist, we won’t be Scrooges and say that there isn’t room for another one. With that...

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The Wick’s stirring ‘I Love a Piano’ will make you nostalgic

The Wick’s stirring ‘I Love a Piano’ will make you nostalgic

Photo by Amy Pasquantonio Cast members perform while surrounding the titular piano.    By AARON KRAUSE If America’s favorite Little Orphan Annie were a real person, you couldn’t help but believe that the vibrant red-headed young girl would have befriended composer-lyricist Irving Berlin (1888-1989). And vice versa. Surely their shared...

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Once again, ‘Annie’ wins us over

Once again, ‘Annie’ wins us over

Photo by Matthew Murphy Here are Annie and Daddy Warbucks during one of the musical’s brightest moments.   By AARON KRAUSE In the irresistible, new, non-equity national touring production of Annie, the orphans circle Miss Hannigan like vultures. Then, they unload garbage on her as though she were a dump....

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An impressive South Florida co-production offers a peek into ‘Sordid Lives’

An impressive South Florida co-production offers a peek into ‘Sordid Lives’

Photo courtesy of ArtBuzz Theatrics and Empire Stage The women of Sordid Lives are eccentric yet well-meaning.    By AARON KRAUSE In a scene from the hilarious and moving hit play, Sordid Lives, a small-town Texas therapist in 1998 tries to “dehomosexualize” a gay male transvestite. The scene, which may...

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MNM Theatre Company presents a vivacious ‘Five Guys Named Moe’

MNM Theatre Company presents a vivacious ‘Five Guys Named Moe’

  Photo by Amy Pasquantonio Michael L. Wallace, as Four-Eyed Moe, deftly executes part of Jacquez Linder-Long’s physical choreography in MNM Theatre Company’s production of Five Guys Named Moe.   By AARON KRAUSE Art’s healing power, and its ability to affect change, are hardly secrets. So, you can understand why...

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New City Players’ ‘Little Montgomery’ is alive with humor, pathos

New City Players’ ‘Little Montgomery’ is alive with humor, pathos

Photo by Ryan Arnst Kimmy (Casey Sacco) and Megan (Krystal Millie Valdes) are best friends in Stephen Brown’s comic-drama, Little Montgomery.   By AARON KRAUSE At different points during Stephen Brown’s funny and touching coming-of-age comedy-drama, Little Montgomery, characters stand armed. Specifically, they wield weapons such as a gun, hammer,...

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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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