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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PBD series continues with Pulitzer Prize winner

  Palm Beach Dramaworks (PBD) will continue with its online “Contemporary Voices” series with three plays by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Nilo Cruz. The series features readings on consecutive Mondays, followed by discussions on consecutive Wednesdays. The series will open at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, April 12 with Two...

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Palm Beach Dramaworks to re-open in October with Almost, Maine

Photo by Alicia Donelan The last time audiences saw a production in person at Palm Beach Dramaworks, they saw Skylight. Here, Kyra Hollis (Sarah Street) is deep in thought in a scene from the play by Sir David Hare.     By AARON KRAUSE When Palm Beach Dramaworks (PBD) re-opens for...

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Giving Emily Dickinson life

Photo courtesy of Actors’ Playhouse and Palm Beach Dramaworks. Margery Lowe appears as Emily Dickinson in a co-production of The Belle of Amherst.      By AARON KRAUSE For the second time in less than three years, award-winning South Florida actress Margery Lowe will portray poet Emily Dickinson onstage. However,...

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Playwright peels away ‘The Niceties’ from her piece

  “We spend so much of our time berating the far right for being racist,” Island City Stage (ICS) Associate Artistic Director Michael Leeds says. However, “we don’t often look to ourselves to see how we might be perpetuating the system. We’re always the ‘nice’ guys. But what happens when...

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‘Compensation’ is a compelling, timely new play

Photo by Matthew Tippins Tara (Gaby Tortoledo), Gabriel (Stephen Kaiser), and Elliot (Israel Vinas) are engaged in conversation in Island City Stage’s world premiere production of Compensation.   By AARON KRAUSE If you couldn’t have children the conventional way, how far would you go to form and raise a family...

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Broadway to return to West Palm Beach later this year

  Photo by Matthew Murphy Dear Evan Hansen is among the touring Broadway shows that will play the Kravis Center during the 2021-2022 touring season.     Come November, and with COVID safety measures in place, the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach will welcome audiences back into the theater...

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Area Stage’s revived ‘Shrek’ is equally magical

            Photo by John Rodaz Members of a fictional theatrical troupe prepare to act in a production of Shrek The Musical in Area Stage Company’s revival of its hit 2018 production.   By AARON KRAUSE Two southeast Florida theater companies are demonstrating how quality, live,...

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Temptation to linger on Lincoln Road

Photo courtesy of Ernesto Sempoll Mia Matthews and Gerald McCullouch play sparring siblings in a play about greed, All I Want is Everything, part of Miami New Drama’s Seven Deadly Sins.   Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road will remain sinful for at least 15 more days. After weeks of sold-out performances, Miami...

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Everyone’s favorite ogre to rise again at Area Stage Company

Photo courtesy of Area Stage Company In the 2018 production, Shrek (Ryan Bauta) gives fair warning to anyone daring to enter his territory   By AARON KRAUSE It really isn’t easy being green. In fact, in the fictional world, such characters as Wicked’s Elphaba, Jim Henson’s Kermit the Frog, and...

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