Provocative dark comedy seeks to light a fire under audiences regarding climate change

(Photo by George Schiavone) MIAMI SHORES — A “hurricane party” hardly refers to a celebration involving University of Miami sports teams in the new, clever, satirical comedy Firemen are Rarely Necessary, set partly in Miami in a not-too-distant future. Normally when a mammoth hurricane is about to make landfall in...

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World premiere of stage version of Dracula is hardly what you 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.   MIAMI, Fla. — Up is down and right is wrong. It’s a phrase that could describe today’s topsy-turvy world....

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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.   BOCA RATON — Little Shop of Horrors has always had the type of effect on audiences that Orin Scrivello’s laughing gas container would cause....

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A solid Sinatra revue at MNM Theatre Company

  Photo by Tom Tracy Here are the couples of My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra in MNM Theatre Company’s mounting. Photographed from left are Clay Cartland, Laura Plyler, Mark Sanders and Hannah Richter.    By AARON KRAUSE WEST PALM BEACH — “You can’t find a Frank Sinatra...

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Quite a musical exhibition at Measure for Measure Theatre Company

Photo by Clifford Spulock Allyson Nicole Ryan is a terror of a little girl to Ernest Gonzalez’ flustered father in Measure for Measure Theatre Company’s production of 35MM: A Musical Exhibition. By AARON KRAUSE BOCA RATON — While they’re still images, photographs are alive with narrative possibilities, color and meaning....

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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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‘La Cage’ marks a remarkable debut for Stage Door Theatre at new venue

Photo by George Wentzler Some of the La Cage aux folles’ girls surround Georges (Jamie Michael Parnell) with feather-like materials.   By AARON KRAUSE LAUDERHILL, Fla. — …So hold this moment fast…and make this moment last. Surely, these lyrics from La Cage Aux Folles are apropos for Stage Door Theatre’s...

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A darker Oliver! is still tuneful, hopeful, compelling at Goodspeed Opera House

  Photo by Diane Sobolewski The Artful Dodger (Gavin Swartz) takes Oliver (Elijah Rayman) under his wing in Goodspeed Musicals’ production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver!   By AARON KRAUSE EAST HADDAM, Conn. — Goodspeed Musicals’ impressive production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! isn’t shrouded in darkness and dismay. But, make no mistake: This...

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‘The Gay Naked Play’ is a fun-filled experience at The Foundry

Photo courtesy of Ronnie Larsen presents The cast of The Gay Naked Play clowns around. By AARON KRAUSE WILTON MANORS, Fla. — Sometimes, filling theater seats can be as painful as pregnancy contractions. Just ask expectant mom Amanda. She’s an actress in the off-off-off-off Broadway south Florida theatrical company The...

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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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Area Stage Company’s vibrant ‘Cabaret’ speaks to our times, implicates us.

  (Photo by Giancarlo Rodaz) The flamboyant, charismatic Master of Ceremonies (Giorgio Volpe) interacts with the audience in Area Stage Company’s production of Cabaret. By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES — Without warning, a group of Nazi flag-waving activists march down the aisle of the audience seating area, fervently singing the anthem...

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