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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Measure for Measure’s Murder Ballad captivates at Broward Center

  (Photo by Tall Glass Photography) Michael (Christopher Alvarez) and Sara (Sabrina Lynn Gore) appear in a scene from Measure for Measure Theatre’s production of Murder Ballad.    By AARON KRAUSE FT. LAUDERDALE — Every once in a while, you hear about a husband and wife who’ve experienced many decades...

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Palm Beach Dramaworks’ Fences offers ample power, pathos

Photo by Samantha Mighdoll Rose (Karen Stephens) confronts her husband, Troy (Lester Purry) in Palm Beach Dramaworks’ riveting production of August Wilson’s Fences.  By AARON KRAUSE WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Toward the end of Palm Beach Dramaworks’ breath-stealing, intense and all-together riveting production of August Wilson’s masterpiece, Fences, fierce thunder claps...

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Island City Stage’s From White Plains packs an emotional punch

    Photo by George Wentzler Ethan (Todd Bruno) and John (Alex Alvarez) live it up in Island City Stage’s production of From White Plains.    By AARON KRAUSE WILTON MANORS, Fla. — William Faulkner wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” And in a devastatingly honest...

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Dynamic ‘Memphis’ is a rousing hit at Actors’ Playhouse

Photo by Alberto Romeu Huey (Eddie Egan) and his mother (Margot Moreland) argue in a scene from Actors’ Playhouse’ production of Memphis: The Musical. By AARON KRAUSE CORAL GABLES, Fla. — About a year ago, Ft. Lauderdale-based Slow Burn Theatre mounted a dynamic production of the highly-charged, Tony-winning musical, Memphis. Today,...

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Crossing Delancey is heartwarming at the Levis JCC

  PHOTO BY ALAN NASH Izzy (Hannah Marks, far left) clearly doesn’t want to hear what Hannah the matchmaker (Betsy Lichtman, far right) is saying in the Levis JCC Sandler Center Theater production of Crossing Delancey. Pictured between Izzy and Hannah are Sam (Mark Kirschenbaum) and Bubbie (Fern Katz).   ...

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‘Next Fall’ offers hope despite grim subject matter at Outre Theatre Company

Photo by Gina Fontana All the characters in Next Fall can do is wait. Pictured from left are Siobhan Nolan as Arlene and Zac Gowdie as Brandon in Outre Theatre Company’s current production of Geoffrey Nauffts’ bittersweet play.   By AARON KRAUSE POMPANO BEACH, FLA. — If Geoffrey Nauffts had...

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Panel: Despite challenges, live theater is here to stay

(from left) Eyring and Long By AARON KRAUSE WEST PALM BEACH — America’s regional theaters feature “extraordinary artistry,” a high-ranking advocate told a southeast Florida audience recently. In particular, “so many phenomenal writers” exist, producing “so much wonderful new work,” Theatre Communications Group Executive Director Teresa Eyring said during a...

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‘Waitress’ remains timely, touching and empowering in national tour

Photo by Philicia Endelman Jenna Hunterson (Christine Dwyer) appears contemplative in the national equity tour of Waitress   By AARON KRAUSE MIAMI — Jenna Hunterson likely makes the #MeToo movement proud. Certainly, her new-found confidence and nerve inspire many in the Tony-nominated best musical Waitress. In particular, one scene should...

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Director learns from actors while staging complex classic ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

(Ryan Arnst Photography/Courtesy) Walter Lee Younger (Jovon Jacobs) is in obvious agony. Jacobs plays a suffering, flawed offspring in New City Players’ powerful production of A Raisin in the Sun.   By AARON KRAUSE FT. LAUDERDALE — The prospect of directing A Raisin in the Sun thrilled Mary Elizabeth Gundlach....

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‘Race’ is vital, engrossing theater at Main Street Players

  (Photo by Dennis Lyzniak) Attorney Jack Lawson (Christopher Dreeson) is animated while making a point. Listening are his client, Charles Strickland (Brian McCormack), law assistant Susan (Trittney Huzzie) and law partner Henry Brown (Keith Oliver).    By AARON KRAUSE MIAMI LAKES – In Main Street Players’ riveting, unmissable mounting...

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