Florida Shakespeare Theater’s uneven Romeo and Juliet is on the move  

Logo taken from https://www.shakespearemiami.com. By AARON KRAUSE PINECREST, Fla. — While Florida Shakespeare Theater’s current production of Romeo and Juliet offers strong moments, the production mostly fails to touch – and break – one’s heart. Any successful mounting of this play requires heartfelt, passionate chemistry between the title characters. Unfortunately, there’s practically no...

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‘Superior Donuts’ done mostly well at Main Street Players

Photo by Dennis Lyzniak Franco Wicks (Roderick Randle) tries to engage Arthur Przybyszewski (Mark Krocynski) during a scene from Main Street Players’ production of Superior Donuts. By AARON KRAUSE MIAMI LAKES — Parts of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts are as sweet as a sinful confection in the...

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Prolific theater artist finds a welcoming permanent working home in Wilton Manors

  Larsen  (Photo by Christian Caroll)   By AARON KRAUSE For renowned theater artist Ronnie Larsen, “the roots are setting very deep” in Wilton Manors. “It just feels right to stay here,” said the 50-year-old affable man. Larsen has worked in theater in a variety of capacities for most of his life....

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An uneven yellow brick road at Stage Door Theatre’s ‘The Wiz’

  Photo by David Martinek Off to the Emerald City are: Ben Bagby (Tin Man), Darius J. Manuel (Lion), Nayomi Braaf (Dorothy), and Kedrick D. Faulk (Scarecrow).   By AARON KRAUSE LAUDERHILL — Soul and spirit are characteristics we would expect from a production of the multi-Tony-winning musical The Wiz. And,...

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A sunny ‘Annie’ at The Wick

  Photo by Amy Pasqantonio Sandy leaps up to his new best friend, Annie (Peyton Ella) in The Wick Theatre’s wonderful production of the beloved musical. By AARON KRAUSE BOCA RATON, Fla. — A director mounting an evergreen such as Annie doesn’t have to dig deep to unearth modern relevance. After all,...

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Imagining an implausible but delightful scenario with Island City Stage’s ‘Buyer & Cellar’

  Photo by George Wentzler Matthew Buffalo plays several roles, including struggling L.A. actor Alex More, in Island City Stage’s production of Buyer & Cellar. By AARON KRAUSE WILTON MANORS, Fla.  — If Alex More were a real-life struggling actor, you probably wouldn’t want to roll up his sleeves if...

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World premiere of stage version of Dracula is hardly what you’d expect  

  Photo by Justin Namon Count Dracula (Carlos Orizondo) is about to severely wound Lucy (Isabella Lopez) in the world premiere production of Michael McKeever’s Dracula, a Zoetic Stage production. By AARON KRAUSE MIAMI, Fla. — Up is down and right is wrong. It’s a phrase that could describe today’s...

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You’ll be hungry for more of Lightning Bolt’s Little Shop of Horrors

Photo by Alissa Kane Outer space plant Audrey II demands that Seymour (Andrew Shultz) feed him in Lightning Bolt’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. By AARON KRAUSE BOCA RATON — Little Shop of Horrors has always had the type of effect on audiences that Orin Scrivello’s laughing gas container...

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New musical has promise, but flaws hamper it

Photo courtesy of Ronnie Larsen Presents Daniel #1 (Cody Jenkins) snuggles up with Greg #1 (Conor Walton) in the world premiere production of Now & Then. By AARON KRAUSE WILTON MANORS, Fla. — Time flashes years forward and backward in sometimes sunny beams of hope and love, but also darker...

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GableStage’s ‘White Guy on the Bus’ is a necessary ride

Photo by George Schiavone Ray (Tom Wahl) makes a point to Shatique, who reacts with disgust in GableStage’s production of White Guy on the Bus.   By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES, Fla. — You might hear yourself talk about race when you listen to Molly, a fictional character in a...

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