‘Kinky Boots’ is the kind of show we need right now

Photo by Gregory Reed Lola (Elijah Word) and Charlie (Dominique Scott) find common ground in Slow Burn Theatre Company’s production of Kinky Boots.   By AARON KRAUSE If ever there were a time that we needed a show to “raise us up,” surely it is now. With a pandemic destroying...

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Theatre Lab’s ‘To Fall in Love’ is relatable, heartfelt

  Photo by Julia Rose Photo For much of To Fall in Love, Wyatt Grimes (Matt Stabile) and Merryn Thomas (Niki Fridh) struggle to connect.   By AARON KRAUSE Can a study that scientists claim makes people fall in love actually help save a marriage splintered by tragedy? That is...

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‘Middletown’ offers a thoroughly satisfying emotional experience

Photo by Alberto Romeu Cast members act out an upbeat moment from Middletown: The Ride of Your Life! by Dan Clancy. Pictured from left are Adrian Zmed as Tom, Didi Conn as Peg, Loretta Swit as Dotty, and Donny Most as Don.   By AARON KRAUSE As a playwright, you...

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New City Players’ ‘Lungs’ is eye-opening

Photo by Ryan Arnst Marlo Rodriguez and Denzel McCausland appear in one of the more upbeat scenes in Lungs   By AARON KRAUSE In Duncan Macmillan’s devastating drama, Lungs, a woman and her lover’s decision to have a kid could come with dire consequences. Let her explain. “I could fly...

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GableStage’s ‘The Price’ is first rate

Photo by George Schiavone Victor Franz (Gregg Weiner, seated), Esther Franz (Patti Gardner), and Walter Franz (Michael McKenzie) appear in a tense scene from GableStage’s production of The Price, by Arthur Miller.     By AARON KRAUSE These days, witnessing a theater company staging a live, in-person production with as...

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‘Come From Away’ wraps us in a recognizable, tight embrace

Photo by Matthew Murphy Come From Away can remind us of the joys that come with connecting with folks. Here, cast members appear in a scene from the North American Equity touring production.   By AARON KRAUSE Come from Away, the beloved, big-hearted Broadway musical about a small Canadian town...

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An invigorating Mamma Mia! at The Wick

Photo by Amy Pasquantonio Donna Sheridan (Jodie Langel, center) clowns around with her friends, Tanya (Aaron Bower, left) and Rosie (Britte Steele) in The Wick Theatre’s energetic production of Mamma Mia!   By AARON KRAUSE When Mamma Mia! opened on Broadway in October 2001, the entire country was hurting. A...

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Frankenstein is a triumph at Miami’s Zoetic Stage

Photo by Justin Namon Gabriell Salgado shines as the creature in Zoetic Stage’s production of Frankenstein   By AARON KRAUSE During an age in which some folks are swatting away science as though it were a mosquito, it makes sense to revisit a story that strongly suggests that we cautiously...

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Slow Burn’s ‘Songs for a New World’ sizzles

Photo by Marjorie Vitalherne Cast members Heather Jane Rolff, Timothy Michael Quinn, Darius J. Manuel, and Cecilia Snow appear in a scene from Slow Burn Theatre Company’s production of Songs for a New World.   By AARON KRAUSE The fantastic foursome comprising the cast of Slow Burn Theatre Company’s rousing...

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Island City Stage’s ‘The Twentieth Century Way’ proves fun, relevant in 2021

Photo courtesy of Island City Stage Clay Cartland (left) and Alfonso Vieites get intimate in Island City Stage’s production of The Twentieth Century Way.   By AARON KRAUSE “I want the truth,” a character says in Tom Jacobson’s highly theatrical play, The Twentieth Century Way. Without a doubt, Jacobson believes...

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