Amid the remote Wisconsin countryside, a hidden theatrical gem beckons

Photo by Liz Lauren Billie Dawn (Colleen Madden) resists attempts by Harry Brock (David Daniel) to control her in American Players Theatre’s production of Born Yesterday.   SPRING GREEN, Wisc. — It’s tucked away amid 110 acres of hilly woods and meadows near this town of about 1,600 in southwest...

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The Big D is touching, rowdy in world-premiere production of new play at the Abyss Theater

  (Photo courtesy of Ronnie Larsen) Chuck (Grant Tambellini) and Todd (Gabriel Andrade) appear in a scene from the world premiere production of Michael Mizerany’s The Big D. WILTON MANORS, Fla. — For all the raunchy scenes in Michael Mizerany’s new play The Big D, the message at the weepy...

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GableStage’s riveting ‘I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard’ is a hit

  (Photo by George Schiavone) David (Tom Aulino) seems more interested in his booze than his daughter, Ella, in GableStage’s production of I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard. CORAL GABLES, Fla.  — Our desire for affirmation that others value us is sometimes as strong as our hydration needs on...

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New universally-relevant McKeever play receives strong world premiere

(Photo by George Wentzler) Mr. Parker (Michael McKeever) and Justin (Samuel Maya) enjoy a playful moment in the world premiere production of Mr. Parker. WILTON MANORS, Fla. — You don’t have to be gay to find resonance in Mr. Parker, a funny, touching play receiving its world premiere at Island...

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New City Players’ strong, new production is a work of art

(Photo courtesy of New City Players) (From left) Ryan Maloney, Joey De La Rua and Timothy Mark Davis appear in New City Players’ production of Yasmina Reza’s Art   FT. LAUDERDALE — It’s funny how someone buying a white painting can nearly destroy long-lasting friendships. If you want to experience...

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Lightning Bolt Productions’ strong ‘Into The Woods’ gives musical modern resonance

(Photo by Carol Kassie) Here are some of the actors playing major characters in Lightning Bolt Production’s mounting of Into the Woods. BOCA RATON — Into the Woods’ disturbing second act occurs in a boy’s nightmare in Lightning Bolt Production’s riveting, pulse-quickening production of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s 1987...

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Variety marks the 23rd season of City Theatre’s Summer Shorts

  (Photo by Justin Namon) Some of the characters in City Theatre’s Summer Shorts are a tad, shall we say, odd. Pictured from left are Alex Alvarez as Melto Man and Elizabeth Dimon as Lady Mantis in Eric Pfeffinger’s short play Melto Man and Lady Mantis. MIAMI — It might...

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Little-known Holocaust-era photograph is subject of new play being presented

The cast of Moisés Kaufman’s The Album MIAMI BEACH –Moisés Kaufman’s father survived the Holocaust. So you can imagine what the younger man thought when he saw photos of Nazis partying at a resort near an infamous concentration camp. “When I saw these pictures, something very personal happened,” said the renown...

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Minimalism means more in Area Stage Company’s Shrek

    (Photo courtesy of Area Stage Company) Shrek (Ryan Bauta) gives fair warning to anyone daring to enter his territory. CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Can audience members believe in a world onstage even if the theatrical magic is simple and visible? After witnessing Area Stage Company’s (ASC) exhilarating production...

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‘Avenue Q’s curriculum is funny, life-affirming at MNM Theatre Co.

(Photo by Jacek Gancarz) The cast of MNM Theatre Company’s production of Avenue Q WEST PALM BEACH — As most musical theater aficionados are aware, there are plenty of words in the potty-mouthed puppet musical Avenue Q that might cause you to recoil. But in today’s economically, politically and socially-troubled...

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